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  •  Yes, indeed. And that pragmatism as opposed (4+ / 0-)
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    to ideology is pretty chrystal clear in the history of China: Never been ruled by a religious group.

    The closest they came was the Taiping Rebellion in 1850-1864. It was a horrific event. The Chinese, especially its leaders, remember that even very well. This is why many Americans just didn't understand why the PRC cracked down so hard on that Falun Gong cult.

    •  Whoa... (1+ / 0-)
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      puakev

      just talked to my dad about this, as I had never heard of the Taiping Rebellion.  He said the rebels thought God's power would stop bullets.  So when they faced the Qing Dynasty's army... yep, massive deaths, as it turns out they weren't actually bulletproof.

      If anyone wonders what the fighting was like in China in the 1860s, The Warlords captured it pretty well.  Jet Li plays a Qing Dynasty-affiliated commander battling some of the Taiping rebels.


    •  And not to mention (0+ / 0-)

      the whole experience with Mao's Communism, which was as fanatic, murderous, and detached from reality as the most fanatic religious group.  That might also be a strong reason why some Chinese aren't so enthralled with ideology.

      “Th’ noise ye hear is not th’ first gun iv a revolution. It’s on’y th’ people iv the United States batin’ a carpet.” - Mr. Dooley

      by puakev on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:14:08 AM PST

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