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1/ #BryanVanNorden debate

In a Twitter moment he titled “Confucianism [Ruism] & Contemp🇨🇳,” BVN framed our debate this way: “Is the study of Ruism relevant to understanding contemp🇨🇳? Is Goethe relevant to Nazism? Am I a shill for the🇨🇳govt?"
By contrast, apropos 2 BVN op-eds, I
2/ ask us to consider the following 10 ques:
1. How is Ruism being used in the CCP-state, by whom, to what political ends? *This is the CORE QUES*
2.Why has CCP propaganda for *foreign* audiences made Confucius [e.g. Confucius Institutes] central to the🇨🇳 brand, but not the more
3/ ideologically compatible Han Feizi?

3. Does “Orientalist privilege” figure in BVN op-eds?
4. Could it be that drawing a salary fr the CCP-State; anticipation of future visits to🇨🇳; & a desire to hawk one’s books exert subconscious influences on one’s presentation of a topic?
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