CHINA: Confucius Lives

On second thought, he's O.K.

The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.

—Confucius

For the 900 million people of China, few of Mao Tse-tung's actions proved more inscrutable than the ferocious campaign that the Chairman conducted against Confucius, the nation's exponent of moderation and ethical values. Schoolchildren were taught to denounce the philosopher, while their elders were obliged to chant imprecations against him in public demonstrations. Posters sprang up around the country portraying Confucius as a rapacious villain. One widely circulated comic strip showed a leering Confucius watching slaves being...

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