“Mozart Is Thinking of Chairman Mao”: How Ideology Shapes Our Thinking and Prevents Us from Thinking Well

Michael Austin
The Collector
Published in
6 min readNov 22, 2021

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Image Photo by Cian Ginty, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cianginty/2967031093

There is a scene in the wonderful Chinese film, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress that has stayed with me for years (click here and start at 4:32). In this scene, the hero — a young Chinese violinist who has been sent to a rural mountain village for “re-education” during the early days of the Cultural…

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Michael Austin
The Collector

Michael Austin is a former English professor and current academic administrator. He is the author of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition