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The Taiping “Heavenly Kingdom”

historical mèmes:

  • appropriating convenient parts of a foreign, exotic religion for one’s own needs. Buddhism in USA over the last 25 years; Christianity in China 100 years ago.
  • sex is bad
  • smoking, drinking is bad
  • simplistic thinking [shared property === equality]
  • Animal Farm | idealistic rulers then abuse their power
  • stable, sophisticated culture vs. battle-hardened barbarian invaders
  • what makes a society rife for revolution: unmarried young men
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