A Letter to a Chinese
A Letter to a Chinese
Lev Navrozov newsmax.com
Friday, Jan. 21, 2005
I don’t know who you are. Nor am I concerned with your sociopolitical views. I am addressing any Chinese man or woman.
Suppose you believe that the present form of government in China is the best possible for the country and that a vast majority of the Chinese people share your belief. So its present form of government will remain in China, and democracy or constitutionalism will remain in the West, and most Chinese and most Westerners will live happily in peace and friendship.
Please tell me how you want me to call the present form of government in China. Dictatorship was a good word in the 19th century, but in the 20th it turned into a curse, though Marx, Lenin and Mao spoke positively of the “dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Absolutism? Kung, the great Chinese sociopolitical thinker who lived about 25 centuries ago, advocated absolutism more convincingly than did the Western European thinkers such as Thomas Hobbes. But you will perhaps reject the term “absolutism” as well.
Perhaps “socialism,” the official term of Marx, Lenin and Mao, will do?
So, Westerners will flourish under whatever they call their form of government in the West, and you under whatever you call your form of government in China.
Here I could put a full stop in this letter after my best wishes for the Western New Year – and the Chinese New Year, which comes later (I know this because I celebrate annually the Chinese New Year as well, with my Chinese friends).
But there is one historical detail.
The form of government called democracy, or constitutionalism, is immune to an easy overthrow because the U.S. president, for example, is “overthrown” every four or eight years, while the U.S. Congress is “overthrown” all the time, senator after senator and representative after representative.
On the other hand, the form of government called dictatorship or absolutism or “socialism” is a pyramid standing on its apex, and the entire pyramid collapses, as happened when Gorbachev was removed from the apex of the pyramid of dictatorship in Russia in 1991. The Soviet pyramid of dictatorship had existed since 1917, and it had been protected for 73 years by the armed forces, the police, and the secret police.
There was no crash, roar, thunder or rattle. The pyramid growing up from strength to strength for 73 years suddenly dissolved like a wisp of smoke, and Gorbachev became a nobody, lecturing in the West because the West has never understood that he reversed Stalin’s outdated territorial expansion in order to concentrate on the development of post-nuclear superweapons, deciding the destiny of the world, just as nuclear weapons in 1945 decided the destiny of Japan despite its vast territorial expansion.
What happened in Russia in 1991 to provoke the dissolution of the globally powerful dictatorship? An earthquake? No! A famine? No! The NATO bombing of Moscow for 78 days? No!
Gorbachev had been developing post-nuclear superweapons to rule the world, and predicted in his speeches that “life will become meaningful for all mankind for the first time in history.” Had he obtained post-nuclear superweapons, able to destroy or neutralize the Western (and Chinese) means of nuclear retaliation, he would have become the sovereign of the world. Instead, I am asked, “Is he alive?”
The moral is that a dictatorship, absolutism, “socialism” can establish world domination and may dissolve like a wisp of smoke.
So, why did the globally powerful Soviet empire, preparing for world domination by means of post-nuclear superweapons, suddenly dissolve like a wisp of smoke?
In 1918 the Soviet “proletarian state,” establishing “socialism” to establish “communism,” was a world fashion. Communist parties sprang up in all countries. Hungary became Soviet, and Germany was expected to become such. Later, Roosevelt’s spouse, first lady Eleanor, went to Soviet Russia and then published a book that could move Stalin to tears of gratitude. Roosevelt’s ambassador in Moscow praised Stalin to the skies, as did Walter Duranty, the Moscow correspondent for the New York Times in the 1920s and the 1930s. At one time, one-quarter of voters voted Communist in France, and one-third in Italy.
How to save the democratic West? Way back in 1918 Winston Churchill began to organize the invasion of Russia to destroy the “Bolshevism bacillus” that was infecting, subverting, Sovietizing the West.
But fashions come and go. As of 1989, the very word “communism” had disappeared from public pronouncements. Even China doesn’t call itself “communist” internationally and is not officially called “communist” by the West. The official West applies to China only Western terms, such as “president” or “government,” creating the false impression that the legacy of Marx, Lenin and Mao does not exist in China.
Western university “experts” on China mislead the public by announcing that this legacy is disappearing and that democracy will appear in China ere long. They regard the permission of private enterprise as a sign of coming democracy, though private enterprise existed in ancient Eastern tyrannies for millennia, Lenin permitted private enterprise in 1921, and Hitler relied on it throughout his rule.
As an English translator, I lived in Moscow among those who had emigrated from the United States and other English-speaking countries to Stalin’s Russia and became English translators. Has a single Westerner emigrated in the last 55 years to post-1949 China? Is there a single Westerner who is a Communist in the pattern of the Chinese Communist Party or at least a “fellow traveler”?
On the other hand, there has appeared the “democracy bacillus”: Rising on Tiananmen Square was a huge replica of the Statue of Liberty. You see? The “supreme leaders of China” have to destroy the “democracy bacillus” or their form of gover