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Old 2008-08-28, 23:56   Link #1065
Obey the Darkly Cute ...
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: On the whole, I'd rather be in Kyoto ...
Age: 61
Well... one of the fundamentals of Marxism is that religion was developed as a tool of the ruling class to manipulate the masses. Chinese communism melded that a bit with Chinese philosophy (that Celestial bureaucracy) with the idea that the result is a win-win with everyone being better off than before.

Reality is that no matter what system you use, there's always going to be some greed and corruption, there's always going to be authoritarian tendencies, there's always going to be some stubborn bull-headedness.

At the time they went into Tibet and until quite recently - the PRC was quite ruthless in suppressing religion of any kind.... and Tibetan Buddhism for the common people was really more religion than philosophy.
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