Famous Chinese Dissident: U.S. ‘Already In The Authoritarian State. You Just Don’t Know It’

Famous Chinese Dissident: U.S. ‘Already In The Authoritarian State. You Just Don’t Know It’


Appearing on PBS’ “Firing Line” with host Margaret Hoover, Chinese activist Ai Weiwei, an artist who was taken into custody in the past and whose father, a poet, was persecuted during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, warned, “In the United States, with today’s condition, you can easily have an authoritarian. In many ways, you’re already in the authoritarian state. You just don’t know it,” adding, “Many things happening today in U.S. can be compared to Cultural Revolution in China. … Like people trying to be unified in a certain political correctness. That is very dangerous.”

“The artist first became ‘a nail in the eye, a spike in the flesh, gravel in the shoe’ of the Chinese Communist party when he orchestrated the gathering and publication of the names of

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