This is a little supplement to the day before yesterday’s post, which might reinforce the content of that article. The human rights lawyer, Yu Wensheng, is one of a few in the PRC who will accept harassment, persecution, and incarceration, as a consequence of his speaking out against corruption and a system that is rotten to the core. No checks and balances down Beijing Lu, no freedom of speech, no rule of law, and if anyone really believes that China is actually undertaking anything to avert the coming environmental catastrophe, they are living in cloud cuckoo land.
Following Xi Jinping’s rather monotonous monologue at the 19th party congress, state media has announced the creation of what it calls “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” . And there was me getting into a time machine and observing a wee boy living in the Zhongnanhai drooling enviously over Mao’s picture at the front of the forbidden city while starting to nurture thoughts of his own coming immortality. “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics”. There is nothing like a sense of humour when it comes to retaining our sanity and the writer of this post will have a big chuckle on that one.
It might be, however, that I am being a bit harsh and it is fairly certain that there is a very real “Realpolitik” behind the news coming out of the Chinese capital. Moreover, when our “great helmsman reincarnated” spouts out that we are “about to enter an era that will will be an era that sees China moving closer to centre stage and making greater contributions to mankind,” the laughing should stop and what that contribution might entail should be assessed, for as Yu Wensheng points out:
“The Communist party of China claims to support freedom of speech, democracy, equality and the rule of law. But China has no such freedom, no democracy, no equality, no rule of law, only bigwigs and rampant corruption.” Xi’s China was “marching backwards … he is unfit for office,”
Spot on, of course, and, if nothing else, it is sufficient to tell us that there should be at least some concern for Yu Wensheng’s welfare in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Nevertheless, and more importantly, it is from Yu Wensheng’s legacy and not Xi’s that we should seek our inspiration and that legacy can be gleaned by a simple top down reading of an article in ‘The Guardian’ some eight months ago.
In that article it was pointed out that the 50-year-old lawyer had launched an unprecedented suit against the authorities saying that they are “responsible for China’s chronic and deadly air pollution”. The environmental disaster, which is just around the corner, is not going to be stopped by a country where there is no freedom of speech, no rule of law, no democracy, and where there is rampant corruption. The rise of China and Xi’s immortality are signs that rather than capitalism being replaced, it is being allowed to metamorphose into an absurd dystopia where 2+2 = 5, Big Brother is always right, and the narrative is controlled by the party.