There’s an erratic sociopathic narcissist at the button, emaciated polar bears are headed south like an army of teeth, and Chinese librarians are burning books under state supervision. Sounds like a William Gibson novel.
In a photo that circulated on Chinese social media on the weekend, workers at a library located in Zhenyuan county in north-central Gansu province were shown burning books in an act the library described (link in Chinese) as a “quick and comprehensive” filtering and destruction of “illegal” publications, including books related to religion. The library said it wanted to enhance its function as a major propaganda tool in terms of promoting mainstream Chinese values. The post, which was originally published on Oct. 22, has since been deleted.