Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1626-W1185



Release Date: December 26, 2023



Topic: Talking about Chinese Peasants and the Countryside Problems in the New Year -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:新年谈农民和农村问题 -- 魏京生


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Talking about Chinese Peasants and the Countryside Problems in the New Year

-- Wei Jingsheng



Today is December 26, 2023.  This day is Mao Zedong's birthday.  Mao Zedong's greatest achievement in his life was to deceive China's peasants and realize his dream of imperial power.  In this big deception, the biggest accomplice was a bunch of so-called intellectuals who are neither Chinese nor Western styled.  They themselves destroyed the social foundation on which they existed, and then complained that others did not value them.  So far few of these people have self-reflected on this disaster.


For more than two thousand years, Chinese peasants had been free citizens, with a status even higher than any other freelancers.  To be qualified to attend the national exam of the intellectuals, (the famous Poet) Li Bai’s family had to abandon the commercial trade rank and become peasants.  It can be seen that the social status of peasants in ancient Chinese society was not low.  But what about now?  Chinese peasants have become the lowest class of citizens in the current society.  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has redressed and re-classed the capitalists, the landlords, and even the intellectuals.  Only the peasants are still at the bottom, suffering from various unequal treatments.  This is the biggest social problem in China now.


Are today's Chinese peasants still the peasants they were for more than two thousand years?  Not anymore.  In the 1950s, Mao Zedong led the CCP and gradually turned peasants into serfs.  Before coming to power, the CCP promised to let peasants own their own land, which was Sun Yat-sen's call – the peasants shall have their land.  The peasants supported them in seizing power.


Just a few years after seizing power, the CCP took back all the land by forcing people to join cooperatives.  All peasants became serfs of the CCP, farming under the command of the lords.  The decline in production enthusiasm and blind leadership led to tens of millions of Chinese peasants starving to death.  Therefore, all Chinese peasants hope to have an urban household registration so that they can enjoy the same commercial food as urban residents; at least they will not be starved to death.


As a result, city residents and Chinese peasants formed two distinct classes.  Even if they live in cities for a long time, peasants are still not the working class, but instead the migrant peasant working class that are subject to all kinds of overt and covert discrimination.  Now that the Chinese economy is in recession, migrant peasant workers have returned to the countryside.  Many people may not return to the cities to work again.  How do they survive?


Go back and take back the contracted land that belongs to you?  This is the beginning of a new wave of conflict in rural areas, and the organizers who instigate the masses to fight against the masses can once again show their talents and abilities.  The unstable state of China's agricultural production scale expansion over the past three decades will be damaged even more.  Agricultural production efficiency will decline.  Group incidents in rural areas will also increase significantly.  The stability of rural society will no longer exist.


The first measure to solve these problems is to restore the equal legal status of peasants and urban residents in China.  In traditional Chinese society, everyone was an equal citizen: wherever you lived and worked, you were a resident there.  Various discriminatory laws and policies in the Chinese cities now should be abolished, so that the term migrant peasant worker disappears and this legal exploitation and discrimination becomes a thing of the past.


The second important measure is to abolish the so-called contract system and return legal land ownership to the Chinese peasants, which they can buy and sell freely.  First of all, this was once their legal property, but was illegally and forcibly lost and now just returned to them.  Secondly, this ownership will be conducive to annexing land on a voluntary and legal basis and thus will enable the expansion of the production scale, which is the basic condition for modern agriculture.


The third measure is that, under the premise of equal status and property ownership, unemployed peasants could start new businesses and start a new life without having conflict over uncertain contract rights (defined by the CCP government).  People should not always complain about the low quality of peasants.  When you divide your family property and fight against each other, your performance is no better than that of Chinese peasants of "low quality".


In the current situation of social development, still clinging to the dogmas of communist serfdom is the rhythm of the government forcing the people to rebel.  Especially for Chinese peasants, decades of serfdom have harmed all classes and are the basic conditions of the tyranny of the CCP.  Without starting to solve the problem from the perspective of private property rights, most other measures are just scratching the surface.


China's intellectuals must pay more attention to the people at the bottom in order to be worthy of the respect and trust of the people.  A person who can read, yet only sees the expressions of his superiors and thinks only of making money to buy Louis Vuitton handbags for his wife does not deserve to be called an intellectual.  At best he is just a shameless literate person.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation.  Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1626-W1185



Release Date: December 26, 2023



Topic: Talking about Chinese Peasants and the Countryside Problems in the New Year -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:新年谈农民和农村问题 -- 魏京生


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









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