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3/2021: Twenty-two PRC Government Departments on Stamping Out Illegal Social Organizations

Comrades, we all have our part to play.  Fighting perfidious historians — those historical nihilists with their subversive hidden agendas is part of the larger fight against reactionary factions that threaten to spread like a cancer throughout the socialist body. [see 2016: … Continue reading

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From Yang Jisheng’s Book: China’s Workers on the Eve of the Cultural Revolution

These days I have been reading Yang Jisheng’s 【楊繼繩】 massive book 天地翻覆——中國文化大革命史 (上篇) [The World Turned Upside Down — the History of China’s Cultural Revolution]. I just came across a nice capsule description of the China’s post-1949 unit system for … Continue reading

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Wuhan Diary #20: The Twenty-fourth Day of the Wuhan City Closure — February 15, 2020

February 15: The 24th day of Wuhan City Closure There was another thunderstorm last night. I turned off all the lights in my room, opened my curtains and lay on my bed. The night was very dark; maybe because most … Continue reading

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PRC Scholar: Mass Protests Unorganized, Not Stability Threat, Totalitarian System Can Handle Them

This article on mass protests [群体性事件】aka mass incidents in China appeared on Aisixiang, an academic website that carries some intriguing articles at times, and has gotten suppressed now and then over the years.  This article reproduced on Aisixiang originally appeared … Continue reading

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A Most Chinese Public Disappearance on Twitter: @airmovingdevice

Big Data-style analysis of Chinese media treatment of high officials, references to 1989 political massacres and other sensitive matters apparently got the anonymous person with the Twitter name @airmovingdevice silenced. @airmovingdevice deleted his/her cyber analytic insights into Chinese society and … Continue reading

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The Biggest Lie: Democracy is Not Suitable for China

   While working in China, I often heard officials say and read in the media that democracy is not suitable for China.  That always puzzled me.  It felt like Chinese racism against Chinese people.    I found this article on … Continue reading

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Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department at Home 统战部

The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee United Front Work Department and its functional analogues, like the propaganda, and the political and legal affairs committees exists at every level of Communist Party organization in China. The structures are mirrored all the … Continue reading

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Understanding the Chinese Police State — Thoughts Towards a Reading List

First of all,  I would recommend  Stein Ringen’s  2016 book The Perfect Dictatorship — China in the 21st Century is a fine overview and analysis of China as a police state. Less comprehensive works focusing on a particular aspect of the police … Continue reading

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Is China Totalitarian or Authoritarian?

Is China totalitarian? This is a question I think about sometimes.  China certain doesn’t feel totalitarian, especially when you compare to the old Cultural Revolution days. What does totalitarian vs. authoritarian mean? Perhaps it is just a semi-empty exercise in … Continue reading

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Chengdu Elections 2012: Ten “Escorted” Independent Candidate to Polls; Party Secretary Put Ballot Boxes in His Car

Photos: Ten Escort Candidate to Polling Place, Party Secretary Puts Ballot Boxes in His Car 图:成都10余人押送参选人 书记把票箱抱上车 by Volunteer Worker Bai Hui [ Two photos and original text are at http://www.64tianwang.com/bencandy.php?fid-12-id-9182-page-1.htm  Text is also copied below. ]    (Tianwang Chengdu, … Continue reading

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