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October 11, 2012


Nick L

I once witnessed a debate between a Rightist Chinese professor and a New Left professor during the Q&A session of an academic seminar. There was a real crackle of tension in the room, with the Rightist guy offering up arguments the sort of arguments beloved by apologists for Pinochet et al and the New Left guy making egalitarian, democratic claims from a position that seemed a long way from standard Anglophone liberal democratic ideology. They seemed much further apart in their political commitments and beliefs than any two given academics/journos/policy wonks here.


The Right and Left in China really seem to hate each other to the point where they'd be glad to have the Party do an old fashioned purge of the other lot. It's a real shame.

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