CHINA: Tigers Behind

"In villages throughout the country, the high tide of the new socialist movement is approaching. Yet certain of our comrades are like a woman with bound feet toddling along and constantly complaining to the others: 'Too fast, too fast' . . . They fear dragons before and tigers behind . . ."

With these earthy sarcasms, the ex-farmboy who bosses about one-fifth of the world's people came down last July from the Olympian remoteness in which he has been wrapped for seven years. Before him, Mao Tse-tung could see failure.

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