Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Confucius Rehabilitated?

The Communist Party has had a pretty bad relationship with Confucius, to put it mildly. So it's kind of fascinating to see that the Party has recently begun resucitating his reputation. Check out these two:

"The Confucian Party of China", and "The Confucian renaissance".

This is interesting in it's own right, but I'll say the thing that jumps out at me is that, in Confucian tradition, China is not just the best civilization - it's the only civilization. The rest of us are barbarians. Given the recent cultivation of Chinese nationalism, this could be troublesome in the future.

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