Sam Crane continued the discussion of China’s moral vacuum on his The Useless Tree blog:
…… There are at least two dangers in the “good old days were better” argument. First, let’s not forget about the bad stuff that was happening in the “good old days.” In China today, the fifties are often remembered, or imagined, as the “good old days.” Back when everyone was “comrade” and no one really worried about money – wasn’t it just great? Sure, tell that to the “counter-revolutionaries” or the victims of the “three anti” and “five anti” campaigns. A great time was had by all!
Revolutionary justice, you say? But the revolution would soon veer off into the Anti-Rightist Campaign and the Great Leap Forward, the latter among the worst, most violent, abuses of state power in the twentieth century. [Full Text]