On Censorship in China

From ‘The Han Dynasty’ by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker July 4, 2011. Han Han, celebrated Chinese blogger, best-selling novelist and cultural icon, speaking about censorship:

I can’t write about the police, I can’t write about the leaders, I can’t write about policies, I can’t write about the system, I can’t write about Tibet, I can’t write about Xinjiang, I can’t write about mass assemblies, I can’t write about demonstrations, I can’t write about pornography, I can’t write about censorship, I can’t write about art.

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“Just because there are beginnings and endings doesn’t mean anything is really over and done with,” Shizuka said. “Don’t they teach you that in America?”

Autumn Bridge, Takashi Matsuoka, Bantam Dell, © 2004

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Messianic Boomers

“Boomers do not inherently dislike government: The idea of using the state to tell people what to do suits them just fine.” — William Strauss and Neil Howe, “Generations: The History of America’s Future 1584 to 2069.”

Regarding the “somewhat counter-intuitive” quote above, the book cites political correctness, anti-drug, anti-smoking and abstinence-only drives as examples of how most Boomers turned out when it was all said and done, those “freedom loving” rebels of the left and the right from the 1960’s.

I always wondered what happened. The disconnect between one’s rights, and the concordant obligation to respect and defend the rights of others, became total and absolute. “Generations”? I may buy the book.

This quote, and a fascinating analysis of the book was published in Insight Magaizine, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday February 6, 2005. The article was “President Bush and the messianic Boomer imperative”, by Vicki Haddock.

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Quote of the Day

“The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. It is in the nature of things that the progress of Reason is slow and no one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies. One can encourage freedom, never create it by an invading force.” — Maximilien de Robespierre, 1791

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P.G. Wodehouse

Quotes: Here’s a nice refreshing outlook I pulled out of the April 19th&26th New Yorker, an old P.G. Wodehouse quote from his story “Uncle Fred Flits By”:

“I look about me, even in a foul hole like Mitching Hill, and I ask myself — How can I leave this foul hole a better and happier foul hole than I found it?”

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