BROWSING - Barry Whalen
He who controls the past controls the future.
He who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell.
ALL the evidence is that the Party is fully committed to continuing the current line of 'socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era'. Within the foreseeable future, there will be no deviation from Deng Xiaoping's line that the Party's power has to be maintained for at least a hundred years . . .
GEORGE ORWELL's masterpiece "1984" is banned in China, and it's not hard to understand why. "Big Brother" and the classic quote "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" has an eerie resonance in Beijing's corridors of power.
Orwell holds up a mirror to China's reverence for its Communist past as a determinant of its future, and highlights not only the absurdities of the Marxist-Leninist class struggle, but the way it has been consigned to the dustbin of history.
History is an important tool for the Communist Party of China (CPC) to use in legitimising its hold on power.
To the Chinese, the past determines the present, and probably everything you want to know about the "restored" China you can find in Dutch Sinologist Hendrik Schulte Nordholt's weighty analysis, China and the Barbarians : Resisting the Western World Order (Leiden University Press, 2018).