There is a lot to unpack in this article from Bitter Winter about Marital Arts Schools in China being forced to “Take the Red Road.” I do not have time to unpack it today, but it is worth thinking about. The Chinese government has these types of goals for the whole world. I guess it is an example of law as a yinyang symbol, rather than the Western idea of a law as a wall. In the West, we believe that a law should be like a wall, or at least a clearly defined line, so that we know exactly when we have crossed it. In China, traditionally as well as now, the law moves in both directions simultaneously. It can seem like religion is getting less illegal in one place or situation, and more illegal in another.
The Little Red Phone is scary. It is scary to me because it is a horrible intrusion into people’s pursuit of individual happiness and creative expression. But even scarier because there is no apparent resistance to it.
To end on a humorous note, here is Paul Brennan’s latest translation: On Making Martial Arts More Scientific. Regular readers already know what I think of this type of scientizing. This version of it is truly bazaar. It is not something anyone is expected to read. Although it is an important moment in the solidification of the YMCA Consensus. Below is an image from the text called: INFANT GRABS AT ITS MOTHER’S BREASTS. No, really.