Wednesday, November 17, 2021

REPORT: U.S. ‘Already In Authoritarian State,’ ‘Dangerous’ Wokism Like Mao Revolution, Says Famed Chinese Dissident

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Source: Daily Wire

Published: November 14, 2021

By: Daily Wire News

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Chinese dissident artist and activist Ai Weiwei is seen outside the Royal Courts of Justice during an appeal hearing for Julian Assanges extradition to the United States on October 27, 2021 in London, England. The United States, which has charged the Wikileaks founder with espionage, had appealed a January ruling that Assange should not be extradited to the US due to concerns over his mental health and the risk of suicide in a US prison.

Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, a famed artist and activist, warned Americans during an interview that aired late last week that they are already under the control of an authoritarian state, they just don’t realize it yet.

Weiwei said that the situation in China has become “more extreme, in terms of censorship, in terms of their tolerance to dissidents.” He later added that he was not hopeful for China’s future given the direction that China is going.

Later, when asked about authoritarianism in the U.S., Weiwei said “certainly, in the United States, with today’s condition, you can easily have an authoritarian.”

“In many ways, you’re already in the authoritarian state,” he said. “You just don’t know it.”

When asked how so, he responded, “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,” he continued. “That is very dangerous.”



MARGARET HOOVER, HOST: In your book, you were describing the directives of Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution that would be distributed publicly every night. … So do you see Donald Trump as an authoritarian?

AI WEIWEI, CHINESE DISSIDENT: I — well, I don’t — you know, he — if you are authoritarian, you have to have a system supporting you. You cannot just be an authoritarian by yourself. But certainly, 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.

HOOVER: How so?

WEIWEI: Many things happening today in U.S. can be compared to Cultural Revolution in China.

HOOVER: Like what?

WEIWEI: Like people trying to be unified in a certain political correctness. That is very dangerous. You want to go deeper?

HOOVER: Yeah, because actually, that was the next thing I was going to ask you about it. So what kind of political correct extremism?

WEIWEI: I — it’s very philosophical. With today’s technology, we know so much more than we really understand. The information become jammed. But we don’t really — and really have the knowledge, because you don’t work. You don’t — you don’t have to act on anything. You just think you’re purified by certain ideas that you agree with it. That is posing dangers to society, to an extreme divided society.

HOOVER: Why do you think that’s happened here?

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