]]]]]]]]]]]]]]        CHINA AND THE MADMEN       [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
                       From CAMPUS REPORT                 (7/25/1989)
                 (AIM), 1275 K St. NW/#11500
                      Washington, DC 20005
                           June 1989

     Statements on China by Western intellectuals, mostly compiled by
sociologist Paul Hollander in his book about visitors to communist
countries, "Political Pilgrims."
     Simone de Beauvoir, leftwing intellectual, during the disastrous
Great Leap Forward during the 1950s: "Life in China today is
exceptionally pleasant."
     Hewlett Johnson, 1961: "China, I feel, is performing an
essentially religious act, entirely parallel with this Christian
abhorrence of covetousness...freeing men from the bondage of the
acquisitive instinct and paving the way for a new organization of life
on a higher level of existence."
     Hans Konigsberger, 1966: "...a country which has become almost as
painstakingly careful about human lives as New Zealand."
     James Reston, New York Times columnist, 1971 [at the height of
the Cultural Revolution, in which over ten million people were
killed]:  praised the communist regime's "tremendous effort to bring
out what is best in man, what makes them good, what makes them
cooperate with one another and be considerate and not beastly to one
another."
     John K. Fairbank, Harvard scholar, 1972: "The Maoist revolution
is in on the whole the best thing that has happened to the Chinese
people in centuries."
     Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars, 1972:  "the overwhelming
impression of China is vitality -- the enthusiasm, the humor, and the
tremendous commitment of her people to this new China."
     American Friends Service Committee, 1972:  the young "all seemed
imbued with an immense youthful revolutionary fervor.  They expressed
complete dedication to the goal and objectives of the revolution...
     David Kolodney, in the leftwing magazine Ramparts, 1972:  "At the
same time that we adopted the Chinese model of revolutionary purity as
a political touchstone...we drew upon it as a source of energy and
hope.  China served as proof that the revolutionary process can make a
difference..."
     David Rockefeller, 1973:  "Whatever the price of the Chinese
revolution, it has obviously succeeded not only in producing more
efficient and dedicated administration, but also in fostering high
morale and community of purpose."
     Arthur Galston, American scientist, 1973: "Visiting China...made
me wonder whether 'human nature'as we know it in the competitive West
is the only course of development model possible for mankind.  It
reawakened some of my youthful idealism and made me question some of
the deep-rooted cynicism prevalent in our society."
     Carol Tavris, American psychologist, 1974:  "When you enter China
you walk through the looking glass into a world that reflects a
reality antithetical to ours.  You leave Watergate, the energy crisis,
crime, privacy, dirty movies, cynicism and sex at the border, and step
across into safety, stability, enthusiasm, clean streets, clean talk
and positive thinking."
     John K. Fairbank, 1974:  "under Mao the Chinese Revolution has
become not only an advance in the industrial arts...but also afar-
reaching moral crusade to change the very human Chinese personality in
the direction of self-sacrifice and serving others."
     Karsten Struhl and Paula Rothenberg Struhl, 1980:  "The Chinese
revolution has served as an important example for liberation movements
throughout the world.  This is not only because China has succeeded in
creating a socialist economy in which the illiteracy and starvation of
the recent past has been virtually eliminated.  More important,
Chinese socialism has opted for a fundamentally different moral order,
in which the value of community takes precedence over individual self-
interest."

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