Translation and Abridgment by Human Rights in China
Chen Guangcheng was arrested by the Communist Party of China (CPC). The reason is that he, a blind man, thinks and sees more clearly than the professors in China. Professors in China do not understand the constitutional democracy of modern civilizations; or, even if they do, few have embraced it without fear. The majority of them are evangelists of dead Soviet ideology, slave dogs who sold their conscience for huge sums of hush money. . . . Professors in China today deceive students on behalf of the CPC and fill them up with the anti-liberal potion. . . . Yet a blind Chen is not like Chinese professors. Though the world before him is dark, his mind is infinitely bright, and he has a tremendous sense of social responsibility.
Chen knows that a woman pregnant in her third trimester cannot have an abortion, and that forced abortions go against physiological and ethical principles—indeed, they are tantamount to murder. China’s demographic disaster was born of the ignorance of feudal Communist peasants. The Communists once proclaimed that the more people there were, the higher the fervor and the greater the vigor; the more people the easier to get things done; and the more troops the greater the ability to liberate all mankind. They also censured Ma Yinchu,1 the demographer, and allowed China’s population to exceed its ecological capacity. And now, they are using highly barbaric methods to carry out abortions in order to control population growth—beating people, taking their property, demolishing their homes, fining them huge fees, illegal detentions, etc., using local hooligans, gang members, and thugs—and would stop at nothing. . . . From the policy of promoting more births so that China could become the leader of world revolutions, to the rampant mutilation of women so that officials would not be held responsible for births in excess of quota limits, to branding anyone with overseas connections as spies [during Mao’s time] but later inviting them as VIPs in order to attract foreign investments—the CPC governs the country like children playing house. Even though Chen’s eyes cannot see, his heart can clearly distinguish right from wrong. He assumes more social responsibility than the professors—the so-called engineers of the mind—who possess eyes and high opinions of themselves. . . .
Professor Jiao Guobiao,2 who is among China’s true cultural elite, said that China’s rights defense movement lacks a cultural elite. But there is no such lack; rather, the elite is . . . not only fragmenting the strength of the rights defense movement, but also providing the despots with a pretext to crack down on rights defenders. The movement to suppress Falun Gong practitioners is but a continuation of the class struggle [from Mao’s time] under new circumstances, and the fact that the participants were Party, military, and government functionaries made this suppression even more vile than the class struggle. The people’s acquiescence and the evil of the “state civil servants” are precisely the things that created the absence of the cultural elite. In fact, there is basically no cultural elite in this anti-liberal demonic political culture; rather than saying that they are the elite, it would be better to say that they are the scum of the earth who are the accomplices of evil.
A blind Chen has shown China’s professors, who have eyes but don’t see, the path to brightness. And in courageously responding to the country’s crises, Chen has set an example for China’s intellectuals. Whether China’s so called cultural elitist professors examine their conscience and reflect on their evil deeds, they had better not wait until the arrival of a democratic China; otherwise, the pupils they have spiritually slaughtered will demand payback! Don’t rely on the mafia government, with its artillery and tanks, to protect the high rates of your extortion. They are precisely the reason why citizens strive for democracy and freedom.
July 1, 2006
1. Ma Yinchu was a Western-trained economist from Zhejiang Province. Ma is best known for his New Population Theory, in which he stated that, based on the 1950s population trends, further high population growth would only harm China’s development; he also called on the government to implement fertility controls. He came under great criticism for his theory over the next decade, though the theory formed the backbone of China’s one child policy. ^
2. Jiao Guobiao (焦国标) is a writer, journalist, and media scholar. In 2005, Jiao was dismissed from his position as an associate professor of journalism at Peking University after his article, “Denouncing the Central Propaganda Department” (讨伐中宣部), was circulated widely online. ^