Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A805-W515

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A805-W515


Release Date: February 9, 2014



Topic: Words that Should be Said and Should Not be Said at the Chinese New Year -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:春节该说和不该说的话 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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Words that Should be Said and Should Not be Said at the Chinese New Year

-- Wei Jingsheng



First, I want to say "Happy Chinese New Year" to you.  The right way to express the greeting would be: "Happy New Year and wishes that all be the way you want."  This sentiment sounds good, but we all know the words are not true because it is impossible to have "all things be the way you want."  However, as words of good wishes, there is nothing malicious.  It also makes people feel pleasant to hear them.  Thus, we just continue this habit of false statement in this way.  It shows the people's need of psychological pleasure, which is sometimes more important than the need to distinguish between true and false.


What should not be said are the unlucky words.  Reporting only bad news instead of good news would make us uncomfortable.  People who spread bad news will not get "thanks" from that, and that kind of action will not be rewarded even though it might mean good intention.  Throughout the ages and all walks of life including private life, there are endless examples in this regard.  Not only won't the party that spoke out be rewarded favorably, the party that does not want to listen would have a hard time to avoid been fooled.  This reaction shows that the human race is indeed still one kind of animal that lacks reason; Pavlovian conditioning is still the mainstream.


So is there a third situation?  Yes, there is.  It is to speak positively of negative things, and speak negatively of positive things.  To speak intentionally to people who are not paying attention, while to speak without particulars when it will result in the attention of the minds of the listeners.  For example: when you run into an elderly person, you say "you are getting younger as time progresses"?  This sentence is both false and true, but will make the listener very happy.  The true part is to say that the listener as an old man, otherwise the person would not be "getting younger as time progresses".  The false part is that after all how could the person be "getting younger as time progresses"?  It was just a lie to make the person happy.


Because people are willing to listen to lies, there are fewer honest people who dare to speak the truth.  Also because few people dare to speak the truth, speaking the truth becomes a valuable quality.  The rarer a thing there is, the more valuable the thing.  Not only the less, the more valuable, true words often help people go after gain and avoid harm.  As the Chinese saying states: "The good medicine tastes bitter but beneficial for one to recover from illness; the honest advice sounds rough to ears but beneficial to one's action."  On the occasion of this Spring Festival, I wish everyone a clear mind, to listen to unlucky words and thus be able to go after gain and avoid harm; but also to listen to some untrue words of pleasantries.  To feel cheerful is not a bad thing.


As the Spring Festival is was arriving, there was some bad news.  A small group of islands that is a tax haven has many financial institutes that are tax sheltered.  Not only are they tax-free, they also operate under many strict laws to protect personal financial information.  To summarize, regardless whether it is clean money or dirty money, one could deposit funds there secretly without concern to be investigated or confiscated.  However, some hackers found a lot of dirty money and customers.  Among them, there are many Chinese; many who are relatives of Chinese officials.  These people deposited several hundred billion dollars in these financial institutes, more than the sum of China 's welfare and education costs.


As we celebrate this Chinese New Year now, we should not say something that is considered unlucky.  But how could we not say it?  There are tens of thousands of Chinese children who cannot go to school because they cannot afford it.  The teachers also extort money from students to increase revenue because of lack of funding for education.  How many people cannot afford hospital care and treatment because they are short of money?  How many young people cannot afford to get married because they cannot afford housing?  How many elderly destitute are penniless and frustrated?  How many young people cannot find work?  Where does the money go?  The money goes to the pockets of the corrupt officials and profiteers.  The money is kept in foreign banks.  The money becomes an investment and welfare for other nations.  This is the great unlucky truth for our Chinese.


Every day, scholars are commenting on China 's economy.  Some are very reasonable.  Some are scanty.  Some are bombastic.  Some are simply nonsense.  But there is one common characteristic shared by all.  That is they are doing so to serve the big companies.  They analyze the economy from the point of making money, rather than from the perspective of social services.  So they are reluctant to see the real crisis of the Chinese economy.  They are reluctant to tell the truth of the crisis.  But this time in exposing the money went to the (British) Virgin Islands, the truth is encountered.


Let us skip the obscure jargon of the scholars and use the honest words of the common folks: the money exposed in these financial institutes and the money that is hidden even deeper and yet to be exposed, is the hard-earned money of the Chinese people.  Although the money has been exploited, if it had stayed in China and was reinvested in the Chinese market, it would have become Chinese people's income and consumption eventually after some turnover; at least most of the money would have.


However, the real content of the economic miracle from the so-called Chinese model is extreme exploitation.  Extreme exploitation causes an extreme gap of rich and poor; extreme disparity of wealth resulted social hatred against the wealthy and officials in China.  These Chinese businessmen and corrupt officials transfer money abroad due to security concerns; while foreign businessmen transfer money into China in an effort to make big profit.  Thus is maintained the so-called miracle that seems very lucrative, yet lacks a domestic market in China with a very small economy.


From another perspective, it is the Chinese people's hard work that makes a lot of money for both Chinese and foreign capitalists.  China itself is still a poor country, rather than the world's second largest economy.  Most Chinese people still live in poverty; while huge amounts of capital are transferred to foreign markets. This in itself proves that China is not the so-called second largest economy, but a poor economy of a Third-World country.  After all, the concept of economic progress is not just production output, but also the turnover of production and consumption.  An economy of high production and low consumption is a deformed economy, an economy that is exploited by the foreign countries, and an unsustainable economy.


Described in relatively plain words, China 's economy is sick.  What is its illness?  It is like a person who has his blood and nutrients constantly drawn away and is unable to maintain normal survival.  So the person will be sickly pale and thin, barely able to function.  There may be a vicious cycle, increasingly weak until death overcomes him.  Look at the Chinese economy now, is not it exactly like this?


The root cause of the illness for the so-called Chinese model is the super economic exploitation.  Exactly because of the one-party dictatorship authoritarian system, such a super economic exploitation could be created.  It is not the Communist Party alone that maintains this one-party dictatorship authoritarian system, it is also the alliance of Chinese and foreign capitalists.  Not only do they control the Chinese government, but also greatly affect the governments of the democratic countries.  This is not an issue only for our Chinese people.  This so-called China model has also implicated the Western economies; the gap between rich and poor is also rapidly expanding.


This is the worst news I have sought to tell everyone at the arrival of Chinese New Year.  I am unable to wish everyone "all things be the way you want" anymore.



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(Written and recorded on February 3, 2014.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article Release Issue: A805-W515

魏京生基金会新闻与文章发布号: A805-W515


Release Date: February 9, 2014



Topic: Words that Should be Said and Should Not be Said at the Chinese New Year -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:春节该说和不该说的话 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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