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Tibet and China

April 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Rare Protest Footage Reveals Tibetan Defiance of Chinese Crackdowns
By Lhadon Tethong, AlterNet. Posted April 1, 2009.

In spite of the troops, tanks and snipers, in spite of the beatings, arrests and disappearances — Tibetans continue to resist.
Link to footage???
http://media.phayul.com/?av_id=148&av_links_id=324

This intersects with our discussion here on Tibet, Buddhism, and the inability of current secularists to grasp the issues on this matter.

Reading some of the comments to this article I was struck by the harsh criticism of the politics of Tibetan Buddhism. They all sound like Michale Parenti, the crypto-Stalinist, who wrote an essay attacking Tibetan feudalism. While I can certainly grant the point that Tibet has had an ambiguous political history, these critiques are totally silent on the issue of Buddhism and in some cases use the political critique a veiled way to destroy the religion in the name of secularism or the left.
So, let it be noted that the ugly side of Tibetan Buddhism is as nothing compared to the ugly side of Chinese communism.
If Tibetan society was a feudal exploitation, then the solution is a liberal/socialist revolution to institute rights and democracy. And this under the aegis, most probably, of a nationalistic framework.

Tags: Tibet · Ultra Far Left

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