The Taiping “Heavenly Kingdom”
- appropriating convenient parts of a foreign, exotic religion for one’s own needs. Buddhism in USA over the last 25 years; Christianity in China 100 years ago.
- sex is bad
- smoking, drinking is bad
- simplistic thinking [shared property === equality]
- Animal Farm | idealistic rulers then abuse their power
- stable, sophisticated culture vs. battle-hardened barbarian invaders
- what makes a society rife for revolution: unmarried young men