Niall Ferguson on China

China’s Great Leap Backward
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
March 19, 2012
Commentary by: Niall Ferguson, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: China 

“‘To understand China you have to think in generations,’ my Chinese friend explained. ‘And the key is that after 2012 the Cultural Revolution generation will be in charge.’

While antiwar protesters clashed with the National Guard on American campuses and Czechs defied the Red Army in the streets of Prague, China had the Cultural Revolution. In some ways it was the ultimate ’60s teen rebellion. In other ways it was totalitarianism at its worst: a bloody revolution from above unleashed by one of the 20th century’s most ruthless despots.” 

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