Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Crouching Tiger (un)Hidden Dragon - II

Zhang Chunqiao, one of the ‘Gang of Four’, died earlier this year and The Economist has published an obituary here.

This argument has been made before but nevertheless, reading the account of his administration – and (at least some of) his policies – does remind one of the successes that we have been able to achieve as a nation: at no stage did we permit such insanity (great leap forward, cultural revolution etc.) to become mainstream policy. While this isn’t worth declaring a public holiday for, we will also do ourselves injustice if we were to underestimate its value.

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