Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Confucius Peace Prize

Same Crane calls it "pathetic, on several levels" — The Continuning Debasement of Confucianism in China. My thoughts:
    I agree that this Confucius Peace Prize is a bit silly. That said, and not to take away from Mr. Liu's noble efforts, shouldn't the Nobel Peace Prize be given to the man who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses," as its founder intended?

    It seems a little rectification of names is in order here. The Nobel Peace Prize has become too political in recent years, a tool for Norwegians to thumb their noses at societies that are not as free and open as theirs.

    T'and Dynasty scholars would have probably not found much to laud about contemporary Vikings.

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