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Posted January 25, 2002
Lifton provides content and commentary regarding attempts by the People's Republic of China to 're-educate' Westerners and citizens according to Communist ideology. Actual contents of his one-on-one interviews are particularly useful, as are Lifton's evaluations of the effects and causes of 're-education'. Lifton's principal shortcoming is the overarching psychotherapeutic interpretations, which sometimes stretch the imagination. Lifton's book is often misunderstood and misrepresented as a polemic against 'brainwashing' and religious 'cultism'. In fact, Lifton himself admits that 'brainwashing' is a misnomer; he denies that 're-education' was effective or that it converted people against their will. Furthermore, he argues that the principal difference between Chinese methods of thought-reform and normal, usual persuasion is the Chinese use of physical violence and imprisonment. Lifton never intended for his book to be used by the anti-cult industry to attack religious non-orthodoxy and constitutionally guaranteed religious expression.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.