On what page in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is the quote, "For a while Senator McCarthy has been long dead, the Red Guard in China comes alive and idols are smashed and books are thrown to the furnace all over again"?
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The quote in the student's question from Ray Bradbury's science fiction classic about a dystopian futuristic society in which books are burned because of the knowledge they contain does not come form the novel itself. It comes from an essay, or introduction, Bradbury penned to accompany the 1967 reissue of his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, and which can be found on page 29 of the Simon & Schuster Classic Edition published in 2003. Bradbury's point in referencing the intolerance and paranoia associated with the political career of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy -- a period known as "McCarthyism" -- and the totalitarian excesses of China during the reign of Mao Tse Tung was to remind readers of the precarious nature of democratic systems and the fragility of the liberties many take for granted. Under the right circumstances, Bradbury was arguing, even the most liberal of societies can turn malignant and autocratic. Leaders, elected or not, can, he argued, turn against the people they ostensibly represent and, in fearing the populations over which they rule, move to restrict freedom of expression in the name of social stability. In Bradbury's futuristic society, books are banned because their contents can pose a threat to the governing regime, which defines its interests as inseparable from those of the nation as a whole. Dictators throughout history have similarly banned books, works of art, and other forms of expression out of concern for the ideas those items contain.
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