The Great Cultural Revolution which vents its ire against capitalistic hairdos, blasphemous traffic lights, Western books, and revisionist street names baffles the old China hands in Moscow, Washington, and even Havana. What is the meaning of these youthful Red Guards who roam the streets and terrorize the workers even at the risk of production losses? And why do grown-up people declare that they can do their jobs and nurse their children better after reading Mao’s works? The simplest answer to such questions, that Mao Tse-tung has gone mad or that he fears to lose his grip on the minds of his successors, eludes the real problem: how can a madman impose a dilettante philosophy on 700 million people whose main problem is simply surv...
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