See if you can spot the similarities here and there
Seeing Through the Veil of the Chinese Communist Party’s Deception
(Minghui.org) Some people in Western society have a misunderstanding about communism’s ideology of abolishing private property and achieving egalitarianism. After all, what’s wrong with having equal opportunities for everyone?
Looking at the history of communism, however, one will find that violent revolution was often used to seize private property to benefit privileged high-ranking officials and their families. The so-called “egalitarianism” is just an empty promise made by communists.
As more people have come to recognize the harm of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during the coronavirus pandemic, it would be helpful to review what the CCP has done since it came to power several decades ago, including seizing private property, destroying traditional Chinese culture, and killing innocent citizens.
Robbing and Stealing Property
Seizing private property is an inherent nature of the CCP that started in its early days. For example, the CCP issued orders in the 1930s to kill the landlords, burn their houses, and take their property, wrote Gong Chu, a senior CCP official at the time. Unable to tolerate the brutality anymore, he defected in 1935.
Killing the landlords in the countryside was very cruel. “Officials would first torture these landlords with all kinds of methods to extort money and then kill them—even young children would not be spared,” Gong explained, “The word ‘humanity’ does not exist in the dictionary of the CCP.”
“Let Some People Get Rich First”
Following the Cultural Revolution, then communist leader Deng Xiaoping launched a new initiative, “Let some people get rich first,” which turned out to benefit the most offspring of the high-ranking officials. Chen Yun, then second most powerful CCP official, and others agreed on a deal: one of each top officials’ children would inherit high power while the other children would be allowed to make money by using their political connections without worrying about corruption charges.
This deal, hardly known to ordinary citizens, quickly enabled high-ranking officials and their families to accumulate assets. Zhou Yongkang, secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee (2007-2012), was reported to own a fortune of 90 billion yuan (or $14 billion) in 2012. The family of Jiang Zemin, former Party secretary, was reported to have overseas assets of about 500 billion yuan (or $70 billion).
According to an “Annual Report on the People’s Livelihood Survey in China (2015)” published by Beijing University, the wealthiest 1% of Chinese families owned about one-third of the country’s assets, while the bottom 25% only owned 1% of the assets.
A large portion of such asset redistribution was driven by the kinship. Deutsche Welle, a German public radio, reported in April 2012 that 2,900 Chinese princelings owned a fortune of about 2 trillion yuan (or $320 billion at that time). They dominated many industries, especially finance, foreign trade, and real estate. “Among 3,220 Chinese people with fortunes of over 100 million yuan, only 288 are not offspring of high officials,” wrote the report.
Destroying Culture and Killing People
The traditional Chinese culture focuses on the harmony between heaven, earth, and man. The communism theory, on the other hand, promotes class struggle. To further penetrate this ideology in China, the CCP launched numerous political campaigns to pit one group of people against another group.
Notice anything similar? Think about the power/ wealth families – the Bush family (with long term ties to China’s power/wealth structure, Senator Feinstein, the McCain family and the Kerry family, and on and on. Take a good look.
China’s Richest 2019
first few entries are part of the let some get rich category. They could be compared with the American nobodies who became mega rich by owning tech companies.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Populares were a political faction in the late Roman Republic who favoured the cause of the plebeians (the commoners).
The Populares emerged as a political group with the reforms of the Gracchi brothers, who were tribunes of the plebs between 133 and 121 BC. Although the Gracchi belonged to the highest Roman aristocracy, being the grandsons of Scipio Africanus, they were concerned for the urban poor, whose dire condition increased the risk of a social crisis at Rome. They tried to implement a vast social program comprising a grain dole, new colonies, and a redistribution of the Ager publicus in order to alleviate their situation. They also drafted laws to grant Roman citizenship to Italian allies, and reform the judicial system to tackle corruption. Both brothers were nevertheless murdered by their opponents, the Optimates—the conservative faction representing the interests of the landed aristocracy, who dominated the Senate. Several tribunes of the plebs later tried to pass the Gracchi’s program by using plebiscites (in order to bypass senatorial opposition), but Saturninus and Clodius Pulcher suffered the same fate as the Gracchi. Furthermore, many politicians of the late Republic postured as Populares to enhance their popularity among the plebs, notably Julius Caesar and Octavian (later Augustus), who finally enacted most of the Populares’ platform during their rule.
The Populares counted a number of patricians—the most ancient Roman aristocrats—such as Appius Claudius Pulcher, Lucius Cornelius Cinna, and Julius Caesar among their number. They were allied to politicians of lesser status, especially “new men” like Gaius Marius, or Gaius Norbanus (who might have even been a new Roman citizen).
It’s an old game.
Julius Caesar rode it to becoming EMPEROR.