Monday, October 4, 2010

"But If You Go Carrying Pictures of Chairman Mao"

"When Mao Tse-Tung launched the Cultural Revolution in May 1966, one of the principal targets of attack were intellectuals," reminds Jeremy Jennings (admirably sticking to Wade–Giles), arguing that "theirs was also a death warrant signed by fellow-travelling intellectuals in the West" — Mao's Little Helpers.

As reprehensible as was the author of the lyric used in this post's headline, at least he was wiser than "France's most famous philosopher," as Mr. Jennings explains: "If the Maoists exploited Jean-Paul Sartre for their own ends, he tells us, by the same token the latter used Maoism to revivify his career. For France's most famous philosopher, the excesses of revolutionary violence amounted to justifiable homicide."

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