Tuesday, July 10, 2007
National Public Radio (NPR) reminisces over a landmark in the history of Communism, in the latest of their love letters on the Last (Big) Great Hope for Marxist ideology,
Today, NPR bestows a Big Leftist Smooch on obscure-to-all-but-dedicated-Communists,
In the 1920s, Montargis was home to hundreds of Chinese young people who came to study and work here. At that time, the French communist party had just been born and Montargis was a hotbed of leftist sentiment.
The young Chinese visitors were looking for ways to change their feudal homeland. The list of those who passed through Montargis reads like a revolutionary Who's Who, including Deng Xiaoping, Zhou Enlai and even a young Mao Zedong himself.
Peiwen Wang, who is head of the Montargis Chinese-French Friendship Association, recently led a group of Chinese civil servants on a walking tour of the town. They stopped in front of a plaque in a park where it is said that some of the young idealists wrote their first revolutionary poems.
Ah, the beauty and passion of revolutionary poems, with not a trace of irony in the NPR piece.
Meanwhile, in other news from Communist China, the ever eager entrepreneurs for state run Capitalism desperately seek to recover from recent extremely bad press. In perfect accord with the Red Chinese practice of show trials, self confession, and public execution,
Zheng, 63, was convicted of taking cash and gifts worth $832,000 when he was in charge of the State Food and Drug Administration.
His death sentence was unusually heavy even for
Fears abroad over Chinese-made products were sparked last year by the deaths of dozens of people in
One must wonder at the extreme cognitive dissonance this must cause for nostalgic Leftists, such as those who wrote paeans to
One the one hand, those determined state planners in China surely represent the ideal of state control of production and the protection of the public against Evil Greed, Big Corporate Interests, and their own misguided preferences and desires.
In stark contrast to these sentiments,
And, quite contrary to the proclivities of the ever-sentimental Left,
Yet, in their heart of hearts, looking way beyond the chimera of Impeachment, the Western Collectives furtively consider whether their consciences would permit making a Death Penalty Exception if the condemned were a certain President or Vice President.
So perhaps the dissonance is quieter than one might imagine.
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