CHINA: 30,000,000 Uprooted Ones

The measure of China's tragedy is not Shanghai's soaring inflation, nor the tide of battles lost & won. It is the horde of refugees streaming southward, 30,000,000 starving, diseased, despairing people. They stand for the breakdown of Chinese society under Communist hammer blows which caught China in the difficult and disturbing transition toward Western progress. The Communist attack has not only halted such progress; it is sweeping away the village, the family—all the ancient pillars of Chinese society which endured despite primitive economics and decadent politics. TIME China Correspondent Fred Gruin...