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Mao’s Shadow Returns: China’s Party Expels Official for Banned Books

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In a striking resemblance to the era of Mao’s Little Red Book, China’s ruling party continues its relentless crusade against unapproved content, further tightening its grip on information and discourse. The expulsion of high-ranking officials for possessing banned political books and journals reveals the party’s fear of dissenting opinions and its determination to shape public perception through censorship.

The recent case of Zhang Guilin, a former state assets supervisory official in Beijing, serves as a poignant example of the party’s disciplinary actions. Zhang’s possession and reading of books and periodicals with “serious political issues” led to his expulsion from the Communist Party. While the nature of the literature remains undisclosed, it is clear that any material opposing government policy, undermining party unity, or challenging the image of the party and its leaders is deemed forbidden.

However, history has shown that the party’s attempts to completely eradicate banned books and journals have been futile. Even during the height of the Cultural Revolution, these materials circulated among senior cadres. The recent crackdown is merely an exercise in power politics, allowing the party to purge dissenting voices during internal struggles. It sends a chilling message to other members and officials, stifling any inclination to deviate from the official party line.

The dominance of Xi Jinping’s writings in the sales rankings further illustrates the party’s attempt to monopolize the narrative. Xi’s works, along with the party charter, have occupied the top spots in book sales, reminiscent of the influence exerted by Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book. This resurgence of “politics by decree” highlights the orchestrated nature of these rankings, likely facilitated by mass orders from government departments and state-owned enterprises. The market economy is being overshadowed by propaganda and political correctness.

The ramifications of China’s censorship extend beyond the realms of politics. Independent publishers in Hong Kong, once vibrant and prolific, are now engaging in self-censorship due to the national security law imposed by Beijing. Publishers like Raymond Yeung find themselves compelled to modify manuscripts to comply with the law, eroding the truth and distorting history. The new law’s wide-ranging definition of crimes, such as secession and subversion, instills fear and stifles freedom of speech, leaving publishers and writers paralyzed by the consequences.

The suppression of political books in Hong Kong and the self-censorship employed by publishers and writers serve as distressing reminders of a society under siege. The freedom to express ideas and challenge authority is gradually being eroded. The situation mirrors the darkest days of the Cultural Revolution, with Beijing imposing its will upon the people and the publishing industry.

This regression to a state of totalitarianism is not only an insult to the intelligence of regular citizens but also a tragedy for the nation as a whole. The restoration of politics by decree undermines the progress made in the name of democracy and individual freedoms. As voices are silenced and dissent is suppressed, the true potential of the Chinese people remains locked away, stifled by the iron grip of censorship.

China’s Xi wants to export their brand of totalitarianism to the rest of the world. It is helpful to have a reminder of why that is a bad idea.

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