Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series
Speech suppression, political correctness, power, Mao Tse Tung, Red Guards, Liberalism, propaganda, Internet as a weapon to intimidate, “new pluralism”, hyper-sensitivity, safe spaces, micro-aggressions, fanaticism, single-cause interest groups
There could not possibly be any parallel between the actions of Mao Tse Tung’s young Red Guard zealots and the intensifying demands of identity groups that all people must conform to their version of approved linguistic expression or in effect be condemned as “reactionaries” and “counter-revolutionaries” who are clearly “on the wrong side of history”. Nor, in demanding that they be allowed to effectively take over the university and its curriculum while staffing faculty and administrative positions with people who think like them while others are subjected to “re-education” sessions that “sensitize” them into the proper way to look at the world’s reality, should we judge students and protesters such as those who submitted fifty Demands to the University of North Carolina to be in any way akin to the disastrous, repressive, immature and violent members of the Red Guard who abused China between 1966 and 1976. Nonetheless, though it would be unfair to compare the two movements, the Cultural Revolution does send out a warning we should perhaps spend a little time thinking about lest we repeat some of its errors.
Barnhizer, David R., "'Something Wicked This Way Comes': Political Correctness and the Reincarnation of Chairman Mao" (2016). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 822.