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« A Taoist Thanksgiving | Main | UPDATE: What if they gave a Confucius Peace Prize and nobody came? »

December 08, 2010


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Possible rationale for the creation of this "prize": inferiority complex?

I don't think I understand the mentality of the people in charge in China. From their actions, though, it seems they perceive the world from an utterly different view from other countries. Maybe those who came up with the idea for this prize pretty much just wanted to satisfy themselves, that "there's nothing we don't have a (superior) response to". Regardless whether it makes sense...

Just a thought. Thanks for the interesting read.

I agree that this Confucius Peace Prize is a bit silly. That said, and not to take away from Mr. Liu's noble efforts, shouldn't the Nobel Peace Prize be given to the man who "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses," as its founder intended?

It seems a little rectification of names is in order here. The Nobel Peace Prize has become too political in recent years, a tool for Norwegians to thumb their noses at societies that are not as free and open as theirs.

T'and Dynasty scholars would have probably not found much to laud about contemporary Vikings.

Please stop conflating the Nobel committee with Norwegians. The committee is an independent organ that functions completely independently from the state, as it were.

The Chinese backlash has been entirely directed at the Norwegian government, in what is more likely than not an attempt to force it to put pressure on the committee to maintain its own bilateral trade agreements with China.

Didn't work.

The only aspect of Confucianism that China's CCP leaders genuinely uphold is its authoritarian strain, in which an unelected elite rules in a monarchical fashion over a populace of mostly passive pre-modern subjects rather than actively engaged modern citizens.

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