CHINA: Slandering the Sage

One of the most baffling features of China's latest cultural revolution is the concerted ideological attack on the sayings and teachings of Confucius. Last week the posthumous drubbing of the ancient sage, whose name is frequently linked with that of the dead, disgraced former Defense Minister Lin Piao, continued unabated. New meetings of the masses denounced Confucius "and his like" as "buffoons who had a place only in the garbage of history." Lin was again condemned for "preaching the rubbish of Confucianism as part of his attempt to restore capitalism in China." It...

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