Moral equivalence. A young Chinese acquaintance who is hyper-nationalist and doesn’t mind the Commies (you’ll never find any Chinese person who admits to liking the ChiCom leadership, but nationalists of this stripe don’t mind them) pulled moral equivalence on me in re the Occupy Wall Street shenanigans.
Thus: “You made such a fuss about the 1989 movement in Peking: going to the Chinese Consulate to demonstrate [well, we went to mingle with the demonstrators for an hour], writing it up for your magazines — heck, you even wrote a sympathetic novel about it! And now, here’s the same thing happening in New York and you’re calling for fire hoses and SWAT teams.”
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