Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

China’s Big Lie

Such Is This World@sars.come, by Hu Fayun, translated by A. E. Clark (Ragged Banner Press, 536 pp., $38)

There has never been a good time to be an honest writer in Communist China, but the present is an exceptionally bad time. Spooked by the “Arab Spring” and jostling for position in next year’s scheduled leadership changes, the party bosses have been coming down hard on every kind of independent thinking. The cases of Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo and artist Ai Weiwei have been well publicized, but there are many others.

Essayist Liu Xianbin, released in 2008 after nine years’ imprisonment for “inciting subversion of state power,” was rearrested last summer. In March of this year, he was

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Network of Me

Last week, sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight, I spent some time watching the Official News Network of America’s Airports, CNN. Somehow, CNN suits the blandly joyless surroundings ...
Politics & Policy

A Hard Day’s Night

Pella, Iowa — Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s whimsical presidential campaign is anchored by one key constituency: insomniacs. The Michigan Republican, who launched an improbable White House bid in July, can credit ...
Politics & Policy

Gay Old Party?

It started out as a spectacular year for proponents of what many now call “traditional marriage.”     Earlier this spring, gay-marriage bills went down to unexpected defeat in Rhode Island ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Niebuhrian Mean

Reinhold Niebuhr, the distinguished theologian and theorist of “Christian realism,” used to be a major intellectual presence in the United States. He was that rarity, a theologian and public intellectual ...

Sections

The Bent Pin

Softboiled Speech

There is nothing quite like a letter from an NR reader. Here’s the one that gave me the idea for this column: I note with concern your use of “gay” in ...
Athwart

Wine in the Red

Paul Ryan’s in a restaurant, enjoying a meal with some economists. Perhaps they had some of that delicious Road-to-Surf-and-Turfdom. The meal’s gotten to the stage of satiation where you’re dawdling ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

  THE MAN ROBBED AND BEATEN AND LEFT FOR DEAD Across the level road I see Somebody. He looks back at me. (And help will come, or help will pass By these outdated wisps of ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Remembering WAR I am not sure there is anyone left at NR who will remember me. However, I worked for William Rusher as his secretary from March 1963 until the late ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ In all fairness, he promised he’d stop the seas from rising. He didn’t say anything about the debt ceiling. ‐ The June jobs report was a dark cloud with dark ...

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