CHINA: Brainwasher at Work

An occupational hazard in the life of the Communist dialectician is the party line itself; he never knows when it will be changed without notice. Four months ago Ai Tze-chi was Red China's chief indoctrinator or, as he was generally called, Brainwasher No. 1. In his bimonthly magazine Hsueh Hsi, Ai laid down the party line for all & sundry. Only China's academicians escaped his venom. That was because Ai had a soft spot for them: "China's higher intellectuals, while not yet fully wholesome . . . still can be considered to contain progressive and active elements."

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