Lessons on Repression, Courtesy of China

Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 07:51 AM

By Lev Navrozov

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In 1989, the owners of China decided that it was better for them to rout the outside world, starting with the U.S., than to suppress each year about 100 revolts happening within the country.

China felt it necessary to conquer the world so that its citizens would not be enticed by freedom and commit revolts.

One of these revolts became known worldwide as the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, because those who had come to the Square to request the democracy in China were massacred.

Since 1989, China has been turning its gigantic population, exceeding the population of the United States more than four times, into an industrial-military giant, able to outgrow the United States industrially-militarily at least four times.

On Feb. 11, 2010, I received an e-mail, which is a short but important historical document. The author, P. Mattingly, is an American who has been living in China for a year “and teaching in a local university.” He says that in my column he finds little evidence of my conclusions about China.

Little evidence? The totalitarian countries try to remove ALL such evidence!

Let us begin from the beginning. The word “freedom” appeared in English in its political sense before the 12th century and began to denote (as in “freedom of the press”) the right to express opinions without the danger of persecution. This meant the end of state spiritual slavery.

However, there are at least three 20th-century countries (the “Soviet” Russia, the “Nazi” Germany, and the “communist” China), in which all evidence of an uncensored opinion, critical of the existing sociopolitical system, must be destroyed or concealed from all secret police agents who hunt for such evidence.

Says Mattingly, “I will ask my [niece] who recently enlisted in the Army, and get her views.”

So, according to Mr. Mattingly, ignorance in post-1949 China is not the result of ordered totalitarian concealment of evidence, but is the matter of knowledge/ignorance, that is, what some citizens know, while others do not.

It depends on age, reading, personal interest or curiosity . . . Mr. Mattingly continues, “As for Google censorship it is no worse there than in the U.S.”

In my article, I wrote that Chinese censors tried to force Google to accept their censorship, but Google refused and now has to leave China. To besmear Google, Mr. Mattingly distorted ridiculously what I wrote. For Google’s resistance to totalitarian censorship?

The end of Mr. Mattingly’s short e-mail is also significant: “To be fair I need to do a lot more research before I completely dismiss your claims but from firsthand experience I find the US much more repressive than China.”

Perhaps today’s China is as repressive as was Mao’s China, with Mao’s staff, asking whether the victim should be just killed for his freedom of speech or tortured and killed, and every kind of torture had a name so that the whole operation of torture and murder was precise.

Obviously, the global success of state slavery is ensured if most people are ready to say or write the opposite of their perceptions of reality, provided the owners of the country or of the world want them to say or write the opposite of their perception of reality.

If most spiritual slaves accept this spiritual slavery as well, the People’s Republic of China will become the slave state of the world.

On the other hand, if slaves can ask for liberty out loud, as in the Tiananmen Square in 1989 (and during about 100 “revolts” a year unknown outside their location), the slave state of the world will not take place.

Let us recall that slave societies were numerous in many millennia of history, but few of them have survived. Mao’s post-1949 society is 60 years old, but already since 1989 it has been preparing for world war.

Mr. Mattingly, an American, describes himself in China. Let me, a Russian, recall myself in the United States after we came from the “Soviet” Russia.

My wife and I had learned English as the language of freedom. As a result, I was the only Russian in the history of Russia able to translate Russian classical literature into English without ever having lived in an English-speaking country.

My wife helped me (and in the U.S. she became an English-language senior editor at the McGraw-Hill Book Company). There was a great surprise when the Soviet rulers had to prove in the early 1970s that there is freedom in Russia, including free emigration from the country (though actually this freedom had not existed for about half a century since the early 1920, and our emigration was the first such event in the “Soviet” Russia).

Miracle: We are in New York, N.Y.; my articles are published by Commentary magazine; and one of them, my analysis of the CIA reports, argued that there was no Western intelligence as far as totalitarian countries like Soviet Russia were concerned.

My article was published and reprinted by 500 periodicals all over the free West. Well, I was free; and free criticism even of the CIA, existed in the U.S., while Mr. Mattingly says that the U.S. is “much more repressive than China.”

I was one of the first to define the U.S. President George W. Bush (a Republican) as a zero or worse than a zero.

I argued that in contrast to the British system of selecting the prime minister, the American election of the U.S. president was obsolete and led to the election of effigies in our crucial epoch of survival of the United States and other free countries at the time when China since 1989 is moving to the world domination.

I was awarded the Albert Einstein Annual Award for Intellectual Achievement: to me Einstein was a great thinker who is thereby a great scientist.

The key to the question of life or death of freedom and hence of the countries that have been gaining physical and spiritual freedom since the 12th century in Europe and elsewhere is the percentage of citizens like Mr. Mattingly who do not even suspect the world drama (or possibly tragedy) of the loss of the spiritual freedom of an individual in the societies which in 1926 came to be named totalitarian.

You can reach me at levnavrozov@gmail.com.

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