May 9, 1936 - Editorial - The Chinese New Deal, by George Lorimer
One of the popular illusions about many of the New Deal policies is that they are new. The New Dealers themselves cherish this illusion with a fierce fervor. Whenever evidence of the impracticability of some pet panacea is offered to them, they make no attempt to answer the argument, point by point, but simply launch an furious attack on the critic. (pg. 24)
Comments: The editorial showed that a reader had drawn Lorimer's attention to the old Chinese New Deal of the Sung period (A.D. 1021-86). Old-age pensions, unemployment insurance, and minimum wages were all part of this old Chinese New Deal. But the same tactics are still in use today, as we have already seen, when it comes to attacking critics to avoid answering arguments.