<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> <META content="text/html; charset=unicode" http-equiv=Content-Type> <META name=GENERATOR content="MSHTML 8.00.6001.19019"></HEAD> <BODY> <DIV id=ec-article-body> <DIV class=headline>Boundlessly loyal to the great monster</DIV> <H1 class=rubric>But at least the liberals are fighting back </H1> <P class=ec-article-info>May 26th 2011 | <EM>BEIJING </EM>| from the print edition </P> <DIV id=block-ec_components-share_inline_header class="block block-ec_components"> <DIV class="content clearfix"> <DIV class=share_inline_header> <UL class=clearfix> <LI class="share-inline-header-twitter first"><IFRAME style="WIDTH: 110px; HEIGHT: 20px" class="twitter-share-button twitter-count-horizontal" title="Twitter For Websites: Tweet Button" tabIndex=0 src="http://platform0.twitter.com/widgets/tweet_button.html?_=1306462864379&amp;count=horizontal&amp;lang=en&amp;text=Liberalism%20under%20attack%20in%20China%3A%20Boundlessly%20loyal%20to%20the%20great%20monster%20%7C%20The%20Economist&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.economist.com%2Fnode%2F18744533&amp;via=theeconomist" frameBorder=0 allowTransparency scrolling=no></IFRAME> <SCRIPT type=text/javascript src="ctswidgets.js"></SCRIPT> <LI class="share-inline-header-facebook even last"><IFRAME style="BORDER-BOTTOM: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none; WIDTH: 90px; HEIGHT: 21px; OVERFLOW: hidden; BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-RIGHT: medium none" src="http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http://www.economist.com/node/18744533&amp;layout=button_count&amp;show_faces=true&amp;width=450&amp;action=like&amp;font=verdana&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=21" frameBorder=0 allowTransparency scrolling=no></IFRAME></LI></UL></DIV></DIV></DIV> <DIV class="ec-article-content clear"> <DIV class=content-image-full><IMG title="" alt=" " src="cts20110528_asp002.jpg" width=595 height=335></DIV> <P>ON MAY 23rd four people went to a police station in Beijing with a petition demanding justice. Victims of official wrongdoing often make such trips, and usually they are given short shrift. But this was no ordinary group of the downtrodden. The petition bore the names of nearly 10,000 people accusing a liberal intellectual of slandering Mao Zedong and attempting to overthrow the Communist Party itself. Emboldened by a chill political wind, diehard Maoists in China are rising to confront their critics.</P> <P>The Maoists appeal for the arrest of Mao Yushi, a well-known economist (and no relation of the late chairman), is their most concerted public attempt in many years to put pressure on the government. A clutch of Maoist websites frequently vilify intellectuals such as Mr Mao. But campaigning openly for someone to be put on trial is unusual. It is a symptom of a recent escalation of ideological struggles between China s West-leaning liberals and conservative hardliners. The Maoists froth at the extreme fringe of the hardline camp. But their cause is gaining headway as the authorities wage an intense crackdown on dissent, putting pressure on NGOs and arresting or otherwise making vanish dozens of government critics.</P> <P>Mr Mao, who is 82, is the soft-spoken head of a remarkably independent think-tank, the Unirule Institute of Economics. His crime, say the Maoists, was his article on April 26th on a blog hosted by <EM>Caixin</EM>, an outspoken Chinese news organisation. The article,  Restore Mao Zedong as a Man , is among the most scathing attacks on the chairman seen in China s mainstream media. It was later removed from <EM>Caixin</EM> s website and also disappeared from several others that had reposted it. Propaganda apparatchiks clearly wanted it eradicated. </P> <DIV class=related-items><STRONG>Related topics</STRONG> <DIV class=item-list> <UL class=related-item-list> <LI class=first><A class=related-inline-topics href="http://www.economist.com/topics/culture-and-lifestyle">Culture and lifestyle</A> <LI class=" even"><A class=related-inline-topics href="http://www.economist.com/topics/history">History</A> <LI><A class=related-inline-topics href="http://www.economist.com/topics/world-history">World history</A> <LI class=" even"><A class=related-inline-topics href="http://www.economist.com/topics/communism">Communism</A> <LI class=last><A class=related-inline-topics href="http://www.economist.com/topics/government-and-politics">Government and politics</A> </LI></UL></DIV></DIV> <P>All year the Communist Party has been jittery about the possible spread of Arab-style  jasmine revolution to China. (The word  jasmine has been all but banned in the media, as has the flower itself in markets.) Now the party is all the more anxious as it prepares to celebrate, on July 1st, the 90th anniversary of its founding. It does not want the occasion to be clouded by misgivings about the man who led it to power. Mao is too intimately linked with the party s identity to allow any further examination of the  mistakes the party sheepishly admitted he made, five years after his death in 1976. </P> <P>Mr Mao s essay said the party s takeover of the country in 1949 did not bring happiness to China:  On the contrary, it plunged [the Chinese] into an abyss of misery for 30 years. Mr Mao said 50m Chinese died as a result of Mao s policies,  for which he felt not the slightest remorse . He did not fully account for the figure, but the 30m deaths he attributed to Mao s  Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s is a mainstream estimate among historians; meanwhile around 2m were slaughtered in various political campaigns. A portrait of  the backstage boss who wrecked the country and ruined the people was still hanging in Tiananmen Square, Mr Mao noted. (The boss s corpse also lies, unmoved, in the square.) It was time, Mr Mao said, to end all the  idolisation and  superstition surrounding Mao and assess him as an ordinary man.</P> <P>Mr Mao says that people have since telephoned him, threatening to beat him up. Language on the internet is strong.  The whole nation is waiting for the dawn, the dawn of a day when Mao Yu-Shit (sic) and other anti-Mao reactionaries who vilify Mao are annihilated, one person commented on Utopia, a website which is leading the campaign to get Mr Mao indicted. Utopia accuses Mr Mao of subversion and libel. It says funding given to Unirule by the Ford Foundation, based in New York, is evidence of  collusion with foreigners in his alleged crimes. </P> <P>Among those named on the website as supporting the campaign are two of the chairman s relatives: Mao Xiaoqing, his niece, and Liu Siqi, the widow of Mao s eldest son, Mao Anying, who was killed in 1950 fighting in the Korean war. Though no one on the list is highly influential, the speed with which Utopia has collected so many names underscores how much popular support Mao continues to enjoy. In some Chinese taxis, talismans of Mao are displayed for luck. </P> <P>Utopia claims that the police have promised to take the case seriously. But even in its current chilly mood, the party will probably be cautious. It is already facing a barrage of international criticism over the early April arrest of Ai Weiwei, a dissident artist. Mr Ai has now been accused of tax-related offences, as a convenient way to silence a critic without having a contentious political trial like that of Liu Xiaobo in 2009. Mr Liu s sentence of 11 years in prison for subversion helped him win the Nobel peace prize, to China s fury. </P> <P>Maoist muscle-flexing, however, is not to be dismissed. The party chief of Chongqing municipality in south-western China, Bo Xilai, has become a darling of the Maoists for his attempts to revive a Mao mini-cult. Chongqing citizens are being enjoined to sing Mao-era songs, and officials to go down to the countryside to live with peasants for a few days each year. Few would have guessed at such tastes in Mr Bo when he served as a provincial chief in north-eastern China and as minister for commerce before taking up his current job. But he is the son of one of Mao s comrades-in-arms, Bo Yibo (though persecuted by Mao, Bo Yibo remained a hardliner). Mr Bo is also is a populist who clearly feels that tapping into popular reverence for Mao will help propel him to greater things. He aims to become one of China s most powerful leaders in a shuffle next year. Some analysts believe he may take over the crucial portfolio for domestic security. By cosying up to Maoists, some reckon, Mr Bo could be unleashing forces that make China even less tolerant of the beleaguered liberal camp.</P> <P>A relative liberal, Wen Jiabao, the prime minister, in a meeting with a visitor from Hong Kong in April, said two forces were causing difficulties for China s reform efforts. One, Mr Wen said, was  vestiges of feudal society (party-speak for conservatism). The other, he added, was the  pernicious influence of the Cultural Revolution . Apologists for that orgy of violence, destruction and persecution in the latter years of Mao s rule abound in China s Maoist circles. Qin Xiao, a former chairman of China Merchants Bank and a prominent moderniser, warned in an interview this month that the  evil habits of the Cultural Revolution were in danger of resurfacing. At least this time, in contrast to earlier hardline crackdowns, some liberals are fighting back. </P> <P>----------------------</P> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/users/gao_mf/comments">Gao MF</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 26th 2011 5:28 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>An entire article talking about a cyber flame-war in China. Isn't there things more important that you can write about?</P> <P>You can pretty much say or write anything in China without getting arrested, provided that you do not try to organize people in real life. On the web, however, there are 100 million really bored Chinese with nothing better to do than pounce on seeing the next thing that offend them. A small section of this 100 million make up the 'Maoist' that this article talks about.</P> <P>Mao Yushi will not be arrested simply because of some petition. The 10,000 signatures are nothing more than internet clicks, since trying to organize that many people in real life will lead to crackdown and arrest before they get to sign anything.</P> <P>You can talk about crimes of Mao Zedong as much as you want in China, and most people will actually agree with you, since they probably know someone who suffered crackdown during Mao's era. But one undeniable fact about Mao is that he was an absolutely brilliant warfare strategist during the civil war, and this part of him will be remembered by people, alongside his crimes. Pictures of Mao function similarly to all the Guan Yu alters you see in Chinese restaurants, as a guardian charm of sort.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927514 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927514?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=d273ee2944d106aac88211e81591cefd&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (9)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927514 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927514#comment-927514" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927514 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927514?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=cb7324c8ae5095b56e8f97952eefe62b&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927515></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/2587763/comments">UniverseIsFamily</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 26th 2011 5:28 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Chinese hypernationalism that denounces Mao or Chinese hypernationalism that idolizes Mao - both are dangerous to the world.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927515 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927515?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=81aedfaaa66b1bac4582b3ce305d5d5a&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (5)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927515 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927515#comment-927515" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927515 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927515?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=a58fc55ee124b7f77848d97c6ac55931&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927853></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/2216070/comments">dumazz</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 26th 2011 10:43 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Hypernationalism is dangerous not because it denounces or idolizes mao, it is by itself dangerous. Here is Mao Yushi's article "Restore Mao as Man" and you make fool of yourself by calling it nationalism. What it only did is to discard the remnants of personality cult on Mao.<BR><A title=http://www.china-week.com/html/5972.htm href="http://www.china-week.com/html/5972.htm" rel=nofollow>http://www.china-week.com/html/5972.htm</A></P> <P>My cat's name is Chairman, and we call him Chairman Mao at home. (Mao means a cat in Chinese). I made it because my cat just needed a name, the same as those communists who also just need a name when fighting each other. </P> <P>If Mao was removed from the Chinese politics, they will go for Deng, or Confucius again.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927853 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927853?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=9b52d61b2124587201ae41acc67b70da&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (1)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927853 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927853#comment-927853" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927853 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927853?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=0d512dddfd118cae56799196afea16c8&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927950></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/3297973/comments">McGenius</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 12:37 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Gao MF makes an obvious point that never clicked in my mind so perhaps I suffer from not being able to grasp the obvious- it doesn't matter who it is or for, the Chinese government is not going to allow anyone to collect 10,000 signatures for anything. It could be collecting signatures to vote for the name of a panda cub, not gonna happen. No level of organization of that scale would be tolerated unless directly controlled by the government.</P> <P>That being said, considering Mao's methods of warfare in which he was more than prepared to accept casualties on his own forces (if he wasn't inflicting them himself), he's not someone I would be looking up to.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927950 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927950?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=9805f7329cd84b67f48ef86e0030d123&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (2)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927950 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927950#comment-927950" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927950 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927950?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=715b12b28eafd0aeed07345e89fc2e9d&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927968></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/users/natekoppel/comments">NateKoppel</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 12:49 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>A spectre is haunting China--the specter of Maoism. Can the powers of liberal China exorcise it?</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927968 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927968?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=6d8c236d421c722e49da74ebf31839d8&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (1)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927968 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927968#comment-927968" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927968 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927968?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=5c0340a213d4df19108651bddf80664d&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927969></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/791844/comments">Bardamu</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 12:49 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>This article is not about the rights and wrongs of Mao. It is about where China is heading now. Does the Economist have nothing more important to write about than the fate of the world's most populous nation, home to a fifth of humanity, and its second-largest economy? I'd say no.</P> <P>More power to Wen Jiabao's arm. God help all of us if China relapses back into Maoism.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927969 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927969?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=b09df5cd25fdfb157d233636d16bcaef&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (3)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927969 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927969#comment-927969" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927969 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927969?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=fd6c93373dc771385efc78818609d6fa&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927970></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/2873710/comments">Vanbrugh</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 12:50 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Nationalism is the last refuge of a scoundrel</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927970 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927970?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=4833d2c1b6af21bd2a56a55e558bde90&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (1)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927970 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927970#comment-927970" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927970 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927970?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=c8bf80a8ad84bed97c8d275a4544e457&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927995></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/2758636/comments">vinayaksathe</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 1:31 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Why write about trivial things about China. Nobody in China denies that Mao was a good person. Why not write abour effect of rising Yuan on US economy? China is pragmatic like USA. But nature of pragmatism is different. Both are allies of Pakistan. China is able to manupulate Pakistan better. Pakistan considers China sa friend. Pakistanis consider mericans as enemies.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927995 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927995?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=4f992cfd1b0300395da31dece84711c8&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A></DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927995 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927995#comment-927995" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927995 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927995?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=8580f1fd3ae5aa942c4f05ab293d654e&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927997></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/users/tocharian/comments">tocharian</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 1:35 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>I'm not sure whether I am a Wu-Mao or a Wu-Meifen, but the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China is coming up, comrades. Let us celebrate the occasion merrily, earnestly, pragmatically, scientifically and economically!<BR>Our Premier Wen warns us about the  pernicious influence of the Cultural Revolution but a letter, dated May 10, from our President Hu to volunteers who are teaching in rural areas has sparked passionate discussion among the country's college students and faculty. Hu spoke highly of work done by 18 graduate students from Peking University, saying that their volunteer project is an effective way to help young students learn from practice and he hopes the university will continue the practice and encourage more young students to volunteer in the future. Chinese college students and teachers saw the President's letter as a sign of attention and expectation from China's leadership, and also as a sign of support for student volunteers who serve in China's underdeveloped western regions.<BR>On the other hand, Chairman Mao said:<BR> The feudal landlord class was the main social base of imperialist rule in China, while the peasants were the main force of the Chinese revolution. If help was not given to the peasants in overthrowing the feudal landlord class, then a strong force of the Chinese revolution could not be organized to overthrow imperialist rule. Therefore, the peasant problem becomes the basic problem of the Chinese revolution. In order to lead the Chinese revolution to victory, the proletariat had to mobilize and arm the peasants, carry out the land revolution and build solid revolutionary base areas in the countryside"<BR>I think Bo Xilai and Wu Bangguo would agree, but I'm not so sure about the new guy Xi Jinping.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927997 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927997?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=33fb4d238134d539eeb7875696ee6c73&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (1)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927997 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927997#comment-927997" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927997 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927997?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=c345cf9b5cb3c4f8f6453113e8d4d37f&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-927999></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/4606393/comments">Fuckable</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 1:37 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Old topic isn't it?<BR>As a common Chinese young Internet surfer I shall say those who often browse the site 'Utopia' are more likely deemed psychopaths(at least aliens if not freaks) here or other places in China& <BR>Forgive my inappropriate words,though,we all know they're out of time.<BR>So don't put it too high,The Economist, and don't you worry too much.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-927999 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/927999?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=eb30890588dc33d8a646619cf0a48d23&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A> (1)</DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-927999 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/927999#comment-927999" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-927999 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/927999?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=ea34e9ad2b39f113525a049e8d2b599b&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-928003></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/791844/comments">Bardamu</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 1:46 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>It's all trivia, and the people who engage in these campaigns are psychopaths... Really?</P> <P>The most prominent proponent of the Maoist revival is Bo Xilai, who is the leader of China's most-populous municipality, and who has overseen an anti-crime campaign that has trampled on the rule of law while encouraging people to sing Cultural Revolution songs.</P> <P>Now, according to this article, Bo has his eye on being the top official in charge of security for all of China.</P> <P>I'd be worried, if I was Chinese.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-928003 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/928003?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=805b8981f806fcc9c420318ac6622222&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A></DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-928003 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/928003#comment-928003" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-928003 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/928003?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=e2da05934677d1b71cfb5138c08726fd&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-928005></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/3229725/comments">happyfish18</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 1:51 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>Although I have been at times a follower of Confucian ethics, I feel that it is time to replace feudal Confucian teaching with the more revolutionary thoughts of the Great Helmsman which is more relevant to solve socio-economic problems caused by Caste-ism, Traditions, Imperialist grabs and humiliating human dignity state like that of a beggar in many Developing countries.</P></DIV> <DIV class="comment-links clearfix"> <DIV id=recommend-cid-928005 class=recommend><A class=recommend href="http://www.economist.com/vote/recommend-comment/928005?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=47b18cf01fbc5a82a514ccceb6dd749e&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Recommend</A></DIV> <DIV id=permalink-cid-928005 class=permalink><A title="Permanent link to this comment" href="http://www.economist.com/comment/928005#comment-928005" rel=nofollow>Permalink</A></DIV> <DIV id=abuse-cid-928005 class=report_abuse><A class=report-anchor href="http://www.economist.com/vote/report_abuse/928005?page=&amp;nid=18744533&amp;token=57efd8ec2fe2153718f8e24a4ff6a3e9&amp;sort=asc" rel=nofollow>Report abuse</A></DIV></DIV></DIV><A id=comment-928017></A> <DIV class=comment> <DIV class="comment-info clearfix"> <DIV class=comment-headline><A title="View user's comments." href="http://www.economist.com/user/3039620/comments">Robert North</A> wrote: </DIV> <DIV class=comment-date>May 27th 2011 2:06 GMT </DIV></DIV> <DIV class="comment-body clearfix"> <P>"The word Jasmine has been banned". Really? Thats really funny, what happens if you say it...say three times?</P></DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV></BODY></HTML>