Westwards The Course Of Double Standards Takes Its Way

Western concern with human rights in China is nothing new. In Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White, written in 1859, the idealistic character pontificates: “The Chinese authorities kill thousands of innocent people, on the most horribly frivolous pretexts. We, in England, are free from all guilt of that kind – we commit no such dreadful crime – we abhor bloodshed, with all our hearts.” To which the cynical character retorts: “John Bull does abhor the crimes of John Chinaman. He is the quickest old gentleman at finding out the faults that are his neighbours’, and the slowest old gentleman at finding out the faults that are his own, who exists on the face of creation.”

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 14:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!, Resistance Is Futile, Miscellaneous

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  1. Written by Mick Whitehead
    on December 24, 2011 at 12:30
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    Whilst among the Bedouins I learned this ancient proverb, ‘the camel never sees its own hump, but its neighbour’s hump is ever before its eyes.’

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