廷龍政經閱讀: The Week of April 1, 2012
本週所有的閱讀，皆與相信二字相關。尤其推薦Joan Acocella刊於New Yorker的書評，描述美國福音基督教會的見聞，非常發人深思。
Joan Acocella: SEEING AND BELIEVING: Experiences with evangelical congregations (The New Yorker)
Elaine, her “prayer partner”, had terrible problems: she couldn’t pay her rent, but neither could she get a job. She had interview after interview. Before each of them, she and Luhrmann prayed together vigorously, but she received no offer. Elaine said that she understood why: by refusing to grant her a job, Jesus was showing her that he wanted her to depend on him alone. In the end, Elaine decided that she was a prophet.
曬人脈是門大學問，與名伶大導交遊更是雙刃劍：姜文可以有，但友誼必須上溯到十年前，陳道明就算了，以杜憲先生的身份可破例；Jacky Chan 可以不認識，Jet Lee 只局限於在慈善活動上偶遇；你要關心張元的近況，去崔健的《藍色骨頭》片場探過班；絕不要與國際章出現在同一畫面。
The Economist: Old Hands (The Economist)
The Economist rendered too kind a verdict upon Mao’s death in 1976. Among other accomplishments, he was credited with having built an “egalitarian state where nobody starves”; true, perhaps, that nobody was starving to death at the moment of writing, but the horrible fact that 20m to 30m of Mao’s subjects had perished in famine would emerge only years later.
Time Requarth and Meehan Crist: It’s All in Your Head: The Problems with Johah Lehrer’s Imagine (The Millions)
We need good translators of science to the general public, and Lehrer has the public’s ear and the public’s trust. He is at his best when putting his considerable talents to the task of telling a story that is true according to the facts as we know them, rather than telling a story people want to hear.
Richard Wolin: Dreaming in Chinese — On A Recent Trip to China (Los Angeles Review of Books)
Today, communist precepts live on as a type of ideological window-dressing, veiling the CCP’s authoritarian political rule. Ironically, whereas formerly “Mao Zedong Thought” was utilized to foment revolution, today, as the bedrock of CCP orthodoxy, it is used to deter the prospect of contestation from below as well as political radicalism of any and every stripe. As such, Maoist doctrine has been reduced to a conservative vehicle of state legitimation.