“Public opinion from the minds of the people makes up the highest politics, and a general consensus is the motive for struggles and advancement”, President Xi said during the CPPCC session yesterday.
President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits political advisors from the sectors of culture and art, and social sciences who are attending the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 4. Xi joined them in a joint panel discussion and heard their opinions and suggestions.
“A country, or a nation, cannot be devoid of soul,” Xi said, adding that the mission of workers in culture, literature, art and philosophy and social sciences is to nurture the root and soul of the nation.
Under President Xi’s dictatorship, the Chinese nation has lost its long-cherished soul of humanity and conscience. Moral deterioration nurtured by dissemination of communist ideology has eroded the working environment for culture, literature art and philosophy and social sciences.
The president stated that with the direction of Marxism further strengthened, the quality of cultural, literary and art works have constantly improved, and the development of philosophy and social sciences with Chinese characteristics has accelerated with remarkable achievements.
We don’t know what sort of quality the dictators such as Xi want. But we truly know what the Chinese want in cultural, literary and art works is directed by common sense and humanity, not by Marxism or communism.
Under the direction of Marxism, the cultural circles shall never produce any quality products or make any remarkable achievement in their creation, which will stand the test of time.
Xi called for efforts to undertake the mission of recording, writing about and praising the new era. Stressing the people-centered principle, Xi said the people are the source of creation.
It is not a bad idea to record and write about the new era. It is totally a bad idea to “praise the new era”. The new era is only a period of time, some years in history. Too many things happen during this period, and too many people make their appearances. There must be things and people worthy of appraisal, and there must be things and people unworthy of appraisal. As a materialist, President Xi is stupid to make such a sweeping statement.
It is ok, as a personal opinion, to have the people-centered principle. But it is not ok to make use of the people-centered principle for cultural persecution. In CCP’s history, many Chinese writers were persecuted because they had not produced their products with that principle. The source of creation does not come from the people alone. It mostly comes from the relations between people, the relations between people and the living environment, the relations between people and the gods in their faiths.
The president is not wrong to tell that cultural, literary and artistic workers should participate in practices, carefully observe people’s lives and express people’s aspirations. He is not wrong either to require philosophy and social sciences workers to conduct more field surveys and research to gain knowledge of people’s living conditions.
The wrong thing the dictator does is cultural censorship. He prohibits the expression of free speech and publication of facts after research and surveys, or as a result of “participation in practices, careful observation of people’s lives and expression of people’s aspirations”. Anyone who dares to spread the truth in China must be censored, arrested, or persecuted for “inciting subversion of state power”.
Xi stressed providing the people with quality products, saying that all valuable and meaningful literary and artistic works and academic research should reflect reality and be conducive to solving real problems and answering real questions.
“Hypocrisy” is the only correct word to describe the thinking of President Xi. The president, same as other CCP leaders, is good at empty talks or deception with tactics. They always say one thing but do another. During Mao’s era, political movements one after another, including the Cultural Revolution, were the works of Chairman Mao’s hypocrisy. Chinese people have learned that those CCP leaders speak honey with a knife hidden behind. The CCP should never be trusted.
President Xi has said more sweat words at yesterday’s discussion panel, asking these CPPCC members to set an example for society with lofty aspirations, good morals and noble sentiments. He remarked, “All practitioners in culture, literature, art, philosophy and social sciences shoulder the important tasks of enlightening thoughts, nurturing sentiments and warming hearts.”
As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Xi called on the attendees to profoundly reflect the struggles and practice of the Party and the people over the past 70 years. He has called on these “people’s representatives” to gather the wisdom and strength of the people for realization of the China Dream of great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. He called on Chinese writers, artists and theorists to strengthen cultural confidence, serve the people with fine works, and guide the public with high moral standards.
With these warm words of cultural confidence, most people feels the tense atmosphere at the Conference Hall of the People as well as the hotels where these CPPCC representatives have their residence, as “struggle” is always the central culture in CCP’s philosophy.
We shall never forget the “Remarks by Mao Zedong at the Yenan Forum on Literature and Art” in May 1942, which caused destruction to the lives of thousands of Chinese writers and artists.
Chairman Mao said, “In our struggle for the liberation of the Chinese people, there are various fronts, among which there are the fronts of the pen and of the gun, the cultural and the military fronts. To defeat the enemy we must rely primarily on the army with guns. But this army alone is not enough; we must also have a cultural army, which is absolutely indispensible for uniting our own ranks and defeating the enemy”.
Behind these words of “struggle for the liberation of the Chinese people” and “a cultural army”, many people’s heads have been chopped off and human blood has painted the CCP flag red.
By Cloudy Seagail