The New Red Guards

Irish Savant – May 18, 2020

Just finished Wild Swans, over 700 pages of densely-packed print but a real page-turner nonetheless. It traces the experiences of a Chinese family spanning three generations up to the late nineties. The author’s description of life during Mao’s Cultural Revolution was particularly harrowing. And instructive because of the similarities between what happened then under the Red Guards and is happening now under the Woke Generation.

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Guilt was no longer determined by the rule of law, the presumption of innocence (such as it was) abandoned. Replaced by mob denunciation arising from a perceived lack of ideological purity, or something you said a long time ago, or somebody now out of favour in whose company you were once seen. Just like today in the West ritual denunciation was followed by grovelling confessions – which were never enough. In fact as we see with today’s “liberals” such grovelling – for some reason – seems only to elicit even greater fury, fuelling demands for re-education but with no guarantee of rehabilitation. Humiliation was a powerful weapon, breaking the spirit of even the most resilient. And the more truthful and accurate the defence the more frenzied became the torment, reminding us of Orwell’s “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it”.
Mao’s stated objective was to destroy The Four Olds:  Old Customs, Old Culture, Old Habits, and Old Ideas.  Add in the systematic undermining of the family unit, religion and personal loyalty, the lack of privacy and an absolute adherence to the Party Line and his programme takes on chilling similarities to what we see now in our own countries. And worse is headed our way.  Unless meaningful opposition arises. [To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family tradition, national patriotism, and religious dogmas.” – Dr George Brock Chisholm, who served as the first Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from 1948 to 1953]
I’ll leave you with a final thought: Mao’s main instrument of tyranny was not the police, the army or the intelligence services. He controlled the most powerful enforcer of all: The people themselves. The Cultural Revolution turned the Chinese people into the enforcers of their own repression. Neighbour ratted-out neighbour, even family members ratted one another out. Do I hear you say something about pandemic lock-down? The 17th Century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes saw even back then that absolute power come less from an imposition from above and more through people willingly giving up their own freedom in the face of some real or imagined threat.

3 responses to “The New Red Guards”

    Thank for that.
    Here is the UK
    Michael Barrymore who led a secret life behind his wifes back as a sodomiser of young boys
    and invited “straight “back to his home for a party drugged him buggered him and threw his in the swimming pool to down is back on TV
    BBC are showing his old shows, as a start to rehabilitating this pervert killer.
    The BBC is turns out knew all along about Philip Schofield texting your boys one aged just 14 and did nothing about it.
    The BBC also told his wife if you speak out about this betrayal you will get very bad TV coverage

    This sickness must stop,

    Ban the BBC

  2. @kelvin ballsucker!! I am ALL for banning the BBC and stoppinjg the thieving TV TAX but what the hell are you on about with your UNPROVEN rant above that has NOTHING to do with the article?? Is it because YOU are a disgustinging Batty boy/girl?? Grow up you complete and utter lobotomised at birth POS!

  3. Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but the Wild Swans author came from an ultra-privileged background. See her bio. At the height of 1970s chaos and poverty, the Chinese government gave her a scholarship, put her on a plane and sent her to England! Where she proceeded to spin stories of having been terribly victimised. I guess she caught on quick and figured out, exoticising oneself and inviting pity goes a long way in western academia.

    Same goes for most China celebs and ‘successful entrepreneurs’: Their backgrounds scream “Daddy was a top-ranked military fella.”