Trump and the Coming Cultural Revolution
Bo Shao

I don’t think so. If anything, this is more reminiscent of the Culture Revolution:

Irate students attacking their teacher on grounds of being too ‘regressive’ (i.e. 封建 in the Chinese lingo)? Attempts to purge the universities of anything that is considered ideologically suspect? That’s more in the lines of what happened back then. But not nearly to the same degree. Not by a long shot. The civil authorities are still functioning. Although many radical students (and the so-called antifa protestors — or ‘Red Guards’ as they call themselves in Austin & LA — in particular) have been trying their best to undermine law enforcement officers, the police services throughout the country are still maintaining the peace.

Should the police cease to function (as was the case in the PRC at that time), then the hard-left elements — including the ‘Red Guard’ wannabes will surely run wild & we will see something like the Cultural Revolution. But it won’t happen. The new Administration would sooner send in the army than to allow such to be inflicted upon the people. In 1968, the PLA suppressed the Red Guards in Guangxi Province with extreme force. It’s said that many hundreds were executed on the spot. I hope that we never find ourselves where the US Army has to execute large numbers of ‘antifa’ or self-described ‘Red Guard’ rioters in such a way.

You are correct that their are undercurrents similar to those which made their presence known in the most violent manner during the WG, but you’re looking in the wrong direction. These are left wing currents. However, our institutions are much stronger & law enforcement institutions will no doubt be strengthened over the next few years which should keep these forces at bay.


Here’s a rather moving account of the WG written by an HKer:

文化大革命於1966年發生,後來文鬥轉為派系間的衝突,死了很多人,確實數字至今仍是一個謎。當時,港人看了一具具武鬥中被人殺死的屍體沿珠江流向大海,每天都有死屍在香港水域被撈起,送到今天堅尼地城(Kennedy Town)公眾殮房的碼頭處理。因屍體多用繩索綑綁,新聞報導時用上‘五花大綁’來形容。

How’s that for a circular firing squad on the extreme Left?

在長洲參加夏令會,一個晚上我和幾個營友,在營地對下的石灘散步,消磨炎熱的夏夜。我們沿石級走下,海風迎面吹來,沒有令人感到涼快,但留在室內, 感覺會更悶熱。石灘不滿大小不一的石頭,石頭長有青苔,我們走起來步步為營,後來找到一處較平滑的石台坐下,聽著海浪有節奏的拍打岸邊。過了不到半刻,離我們約有二三十呎的海上,看來好像長長的一卷禾稈被海浪沖上石縫中,一進一退的激起浪花,我們好奇的走近看個究竟,遽然發現句用麻蓆捲起的屍體,頭尾隱約看到人的頭和雙腳。


In 1967 the WG began to spill over into HK in the form of the 67 Riots & bombing campaign. The situation became so unstable that the British considered pulling out & leaving the hundreds of thousands of Chinese refugees there to their own devices (which would’ve led to a humanitarian disaster as the PRC’s thugs & murderers moved in). The Governor, Sir David Cosbie Trench, emerged as the man of the hour. There would be no pull out. The Leftists would be broken whether the authorities in China liked it or not. The HKP, aided by the British Garrison, put the riots down, often times using a great deal of brutality against the ‘bloody leftists’, as they were known then (the police themselves were mostly Chinese refugees from the Mainland & as such they hated the Communists & the leftists & had no qualms about treating them robustly).

The public overlooked the police brutality — such was the anti-leftist feeling — and indeed grew ever more close to the police (and the Royal Engineers as well, whose job it was to defuse the bombs). The Police & the Army were the heroes & for the next thirty years (all the way up to the Handover) the local population had a great deal of affection for ‘Asia’s Finest’ as the RHKP came to be called (which probably explains the popularity of police movies in 1970s & 80s HK cinema).


Here’s another tidbit (which along with the one above cannot be found in the Mainland, being banned by the Communists) written by Yang Jisheng in the introduction to 墓碑:


They were moved to participate by their hatred of ‘privilege’, sound familiar?


You have your analogy & I have mine. So then which one is correct? In truth, neither. They are both the products of confirmation bias & no small amount of cherry picking. The environment & social situation in 1960s China was far different from anything we see in 2010s America. For one thing, China had been under Maoist rule for 17 years when it began & was just emerging from the apocalyptic Great Leap famine. Previously it had gone through decades of warlordism, civil war & Japanese occupation. 這與美國的現狀並不能一日而語。

As Lord Palmerston (Himself something of a hero in the story above. Had he not so rudely snatched Hong Kong Island from the corrupt & murderous Manchurian Dynasty— or ‘Tartars’ as he contemptuously referred to them — in the 1840s, Hong Kong would not have been there in the 1960s to serve as a ‘難民基地’) once said: ‘Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, and by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity.’

We have both committed an abuse of metaphor here. The only difference is that I am well aware of this fact. I hope that after reading this you will be as well & amend you article accordingly.

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