The Red Guards

Everyone knows at least a little something about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which Mao unleashed in order to do down his opponents within the Party. They know how students and even schoolchildren were exhorted to criticise their teachers and professors for ideological deviations, which sometimes meant hounding and physically abusing them. They may be aware how the upshot was China’s intellectual resources sent to rot in the countryside or driven to suicide, and a lost generation of young people who received little education, other than in the black arts of mass mobilisation for academic vandalism. It is, therefore, surprising that what has happened to American education is not universally recognised as being analogous; slower and milder, certainly, but equally resulting in lost generations who seem unable to perform any intellectual operations other than excitable denunciation of their professors and fellows for arcane thoughtcrime. They do not seem to be learning academic disciplines as much as techniques of socio-political and emotional engineering.

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  1. Written by Ghost in the Machine
    on October 31, 2010 at 11:41

    Hmm… Seems to me this needs expansion.

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