China’s bad script

Coming down hard on the monasteries again, as if they were the main seat of the sedition – when all the pictures I’ve seen of torching and smashing have been of kids who don’t look like they’ve seen a prayer wheel in a long time if ever.

China does authoritarianism like a pantomime dame. The Public Security Minister Meng Jianzhu gets quoted referring to “patriotic education” classes, and saying that religions “should never undermine national solidarity”. Not “national security”, “national solidarity”.

Conscience doesn’t feature.


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