Bling Bling Holidays


The Communist Party of China was officially founded in 1921, at the first congress in the French concession in Shanghai. It’s now a museum and I quote from the notice just inside the entrance:

“Since the British invaders launched the Opium War in 1840, the Western capitalist powers came one after another to China and China was thus reduced gradually to a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society.

“Over a long period of time, the Chinese people had repeatedly made arduous attempts and launched heroic struggles to overthrow the rule of imperialism and feudalism for the State independence and the freedom of the people. Since the Opium War, the struggles launched by the Chinese people had never ceased, such as the war between China and British-French Allied Forces, the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Revolution, the Sino-French War, the Sino-Japanese War, the Reform Movement of 1898, the Yihetuan Movement and the Revolution of 1911. However, all these struggles ended in failure.

“The history of China’s old democratic revolution had proved that the peasantry, the petty bourgeoisie and the bourgeoisie were not able to lead the anti-imperial and anti-feudal democratic revolution to success. And the newborn Chinese proletariat and its Party at that time were bound to shoulder responsibility to lead the revolution.”

There’s more on a later notice which quotes excerpts from the Programme of the Communist Party of China, adopted by the CPC’s First National Congress:

“The Party’s programme is:

“(1) The revolutionary army should, together with the proletariat, overthrow the state power of the bourgeoisie, should support the working class until class differentiation in the society disappears.

“(2) The dictatorship of the Proletariat should be acknowledged until the end of class struggles, that is, until the disappearing of the class differentiation in the society.

“(3) Put an end to the capitalist ownership. The means of production such as machines, lands, factory buildings, semi-products and others should be confiscated and owned publicity by the society.”

The communists came to power in 1949. Subsequent events have killed large numbers of people in the name of revolution; the Great Leap Forward resulted in tens of millions of people dying in the famine; the Cultural Revolution unleashed a wave of state-sponsored hooliganism and lawlessness which caused untold suffering. All this was possible because of the personality cult built up around Mao, and the culture of fear created in order to support his ego and lust for power.

So, 38 years after Mao’s death, does a big neon sign saying “BLING BLING HOLIDAYS” make you feel all that chaos, destruction and murder has achieved the original aims of the communist party? I don’t think so.

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