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Eric Hendriks (Danube Institute) will explore the curious popularity of American and other conservative thinkers in today's China.
Though China is still formally communist, its intellectuals show surprising affection for Western conservative authors and viewpoints. Samuel Huntington and Leo Strauss are favorites, and Chinese interpretations of American politics often track those of the American Right. What accounts for these affinities? Hendriks-Kim, a Dutch sociologist, revisits his important essay "Why China Loves Conservatives,” which first appeared in First Things last Winter. This event is co-sponsored by the Daniel Webster Program and the Political Economy Project.
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