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Fa Lung Gong, a vocal force against the totalitarian regime of Chinese communists, had fared better than the democracy activists for its grassroots movement and financial resources. Ultimately, the fight against the communists will be a financial contest. The success of a protracted and sustaining struggle against a deep-pocket fascist communist regime depends on the financial capabilities of the opposing entity. However, for every ten dollars spent outside of mainland China, the utility could be merely one dollar; whereas, one dollar spent inside of China could achieve the utility of ten dollars. Also, a word of caution deserves here against the prevalent naive anticipation of a fast collapse of Chinese communist regime. Extra vigil must be paid to China's ferocious & predatory neighbors, far away or near by, for sake of guarding against the likely re-emergence of hundred-year intervals of historical turmoil because China of 21st century is no longer living in a shielded environment juxtaposed against the predictable nomadic Hunnic, Turkic & Mongol invaders any more. Should China disintegrate into one dozen countries now, the same way as Iraq is to divest into three states, China would never have a chance to reunite as a single entity ever. Any structural or system change for China, internally or externally induced, has to be implemented in a rational and balanced way. China's future is not a matter to be determined in 10 years or less, but could be up to 100 years, beyond which the uncertainty of its fate and fortune could set in. As ancient Chinese saying goes, it takes 10 years to plant a tree and 100 years to raise a person. "Raising a person [i.e., an ordinary Chinese person]" is a task that should be undertaken from ground up inside of China. FLG, with its grassroots movement and financial resources, could proceed with its cause in alternative and multiple approaches and channels, confronting the communist regime on the one hand but devising alternative non-confrontational operations to survive under the communist regime on the other hand, e.g., to act on funding China's education organizations and subsidizing grey-area publications inside of mainland China. The essential endeavours should be exerted to the upbringing of a new generation of Chinese patriots of ideals and devotion for the nation. Only after restoring the baseline of China's societal foundations and values [which had been destroyed by the communist regime] would there be possibility of a resurrected Chinese Nation.
It is said that many of the democracy activists had converted to Christianity, which reflected a prevalent belief that China and the Chinese people need a religion. Before the Communist Party declared Fa Lun Gong (Falungong) a cult, I already heard of similar complaints from some Christian Chinese in America. What might change China could still be something more native to the Chinese culture. Fa Lun Gong, a kind of mixture between Buddhism, Daoism, Qi-Gong and maybe some ingredients from Li Hongzhi, could be very well what the Chinese have been looking for. Falungong claimed that 70 million Chinese had been practicing it, which might have been the cause for the communist panic. The July 1999 persecution against the Falungong practioners, lacking the kind of street-wide physical conflicts and tortures as seen during the Cultural Revolution could still be said to have inherited the same cloak. The fortunate thing would be that the Chinese society was no longer in a black box as in the 1960s and 1970s. The end result of launching this kind of massive scale persecution could only backfire on the clique responsible for endorsing it.
China and the Chinese lived in terrors since Peng Pai and Mao Tse-tung launched rasal-proletariat peasant movements in 1927. Peng Pai had at one time claimed that communist law would be simply the execution of landlords once they were caught. Mao Tse-tung, directly responsible for the rascal movement in Hunan Prov in 1927, would be the red-handed culprits in the Purge of Anti-Bolshevik League during 1930-1931, the Purge of Trotskyists during 1937-1941, and the Rectification Movement during 1942-1945. In the caste section, we also listed CCP's bloody crackdowns, including
First is the prevalent anticipation of a fast collapse of Chinese communist regime, which had naively ignored two elements that applied and did not to the collapse of the Soviet Union, respectively:
There are also some short-circuits in the FLG movement, i.e., over-reliance on "diety" and "fake science" for justification, and the alienation of the FLG movement from the Chinese people native to mainland China. Inside of Mainland China, under the heavy-handed crackdown by the communist regime, Falungong's influence could be seen in occasional leaflets dropped in front of shops in the commercial districts of major cities. The Fa Lun Gong practitioners, who had staged a 'silent protest' against the communist apparatus of Zhongnanhai in 1999, occasionally rallied their supporters for demonstrations on the Tian'an'men Square. Outside of China, it had achieved quite some success in the ascension to the status of a news media conglomerate, like Aljazeera or RT.com etc. Inside of China, however, there would be unlikely any open challenge to the government by the Falungong movement. This is why this webmaster had made the analogy that "for every ten dollars spent outside of mainland China, the utility could be merely one dollar; whereas, one dollar spent inside of China could achieve the utility of ten dollars". More proactive things could be undertaken by confronting the communist regime on the one hand but devising alternative non-confrontational operations to survive under the communist regime on the other hand, e.g., to act on funding China's education organizations and subsidizing grey-area publications inside of mainland China. Outside of China, the FLG practitioners, in one sense, had become equivalent to the status of the victims of forced abortions, and using the FLG buzz word, countless Chinese had obtained the permanent residence cards in about one year of declaring political asylum and then travelling back to China to bring back their family members. The FLG impact, versus the asylum cases built on forced abortions, could be hundred times or thousand times more. The most fatal thing for FLG would be its taking a non-Chinese path, i.e., developing its international presence in a semi-religious fervour while alienating itself from its members inside of mainland China. The FLG movement, by propagating the co-mingle with non-Chinese entities as shown in the list of non-Chinese names below, could have alienated the Chinese nationalist elements and caused more harm than gain to the Chinese cause:
Erping Zhang +1 646-533-6147
Gail Rachlin +1 917-757-9780
Levi Browde +1 914-720-0963
Christina Chai +1 917-386-5068
Joel Chipkar +1 416-709-8678
Lucy Zhou +1 613-720-1551
Sharon Xu +852-9263-4150
Sophie Xiao +852-9108-2057
Peter Jauhal +44 799 054 1284
Dr. Michael Pearson-Smith +61 (0) 409 500 271
Kati Vereshaka + 61 (0) 408 165 094
More flaws would be related to its declaration, guidelines and operations. FLG had declared for years that it had and has no political agenda, hence distancing itself from or refusing to identify with China's nascent democratic movements. In comparison with another school, i.e., "Zhong Gong", FLG had not undertaken the direct funding of the anti-China operations as Zhang Hongbao did to the political stability of Chinese communists. Zhang Hongbao, i.e., the founder of "Zhong Gong", had reportedly donated huge funds to the democracy activists overseas, which made the communists panic. Communist agents were dispatched to America for disrupting the democratic movement by instigating an in-fighting for the control of said donation funds among the democracy activists. -- So, the communist government knows clearly that money matters, just like i) Japan & Germany's funding Lenin's return to Russia from Germany and ii) Stalin's funding the Chinese communists. China's democratic organizations, for years, had been in low tide beacuse they lack funds. This is especially true after Taiwan's pro-independence "Democratic Progress Party" took rein and stubbornly distanced themselves from the fate of the billion mainland Chinese people. It is imperative that FLG officially join the cause of China's nascent democratic movements by revising its declaration, guidelines and operations.
We know from history that China's dynasty had been changed at least twice by religious organizations, namely, Zhang Jiao's Daoist "Yellow Turbans" in Han Dynasty, and Yuan Dynasty's Red Turbans that were related to "Ming" [bright] religion. However, religious agitations might not work in today's world. (Religion-related rebellion that had crippled but failed to topple a dynasty would be the "White Lotus Society" and "Taiping Heavenly Kingdom", incidentally. Similarly, I had also read about Wang Dan's interpretation of today's China as condusive to a similar Chen Sheng & Wu Guang rebellion of Qin Dynasty [which was actually a rebellion of military recruits, not peasants]. History is a mirror; but history may not have to repeat. Chinese populace, who were incited into two huge anti-Japan protests in April 2005, were still obedient and disciplined subjects of the communist regime. Wise guy could tell that communist grip of the power did not wane at all.)
My advice for FLG would be simple: in order to make FLG itself an integral part of the opposition in pushing for the victory over the communist government, FLG should make transparent its financials [corporate entity or non-profit organization], renounce the claim that it has no political agenda, formulate its belief system by discarding 'fake science', integrate itself with mainstream religions [like Buddhism], keep vigil against one-master adoration, declare an alliance with China's democratic organizations, and distance itself from the "international exposure" by splitting into two parts, i.e., Chinese part and non-Chinese part. China's future is not a matter to be determined in 10 years or less, but could be up to 100 years, beyond which the uncertainty of its fate and fortune could set in. As ancient Chinese saying goes, it takes 10 years to plant a tree and 100 years to raise a person. "Raising a person [i.e., an ordinary Chinese person]" is a task that should be undertaken from ground up inside of China. FLG, with its grassroots movement and financial resources, could proceed with its cause in alternative and varied alternatives, confronting the communist regime on the one hand but coexisting with the communist regime on the other hand. The essential endeavours should be exerted to the unbringing of a new generation of Chinese patriots of ideals and devotion for the nation. Only after restoring the baseline of China's societal foundations and values [which had been destroyed by the communist regime] would there be possibility of a resurrected Chinese Nation.
Comment by Ah Xiang
Having received quite some criticisms as to my making FLG a topic on my website, I will paste some reader's opinions as to Falungong below so as to make the matter presented in a balanced way.
The feedback from "John" had lodged an accusation that FLG might be related to the CIA [with a classified $44 billion budget figure for year 2005], which lacked the solid corroborations. The United States, every year, is offering 2 billion US$ to Israel, plus 200-300 million to dictators like Mubarak of Egpyt and Musharaff of Pakistan. But I doubt the US will ever give the Chinese a trickle of it. Having examined the dollar amount of average Chinese donors, my conclusion is that the funding of the FLG projects could very well be from some "alternative Chinese or non-Chinese sources" than from the CIA or from the average Chinese FLG practitioners. However, "John" had seen something that most other Chinese had failed to perceive, i.e., the non-Chinese factor. There might be a possibility that FLG would mutate into a totally non-Chinese entity.
The naivety in extrapolating the "openness" of the ancient Tang Dynasty, as represented by entities like the "Neo-Tang-Chinese TV Station", would be the result of ignorance on the matter of Chinese racial weakness and racial ego: In a similar syntax to Japanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu's calling China's imperial millennia as being mostly occupied with "pleasure-seeking and literature-decoration", we could say that the sino-centric dynasties, past and present [including the Tang Dynasty emperors], had married away princesses & women and given away imperial bestowals in exchange for the aliens' appetite for China's wealth & women and the cheap acknowledgment of a nominal tribute-vassalage relationship.
The feedback by "Jane", from some years back, was really the debating focus between FLG and the commies. FLG claimed that the Chinese communists had staged the "suicide" deaths on the Tiananmen Square in the propaganda war against FLG. Since the communist party's notoriety is well known, the CCP would find it hard to diffuse its complicity in this matter. The last sentence "FLG will be eliminated, no doubt" does sound to me that this particular feedback was the work of an overseas communist agent.
This webmaster believes that China's crises had been masked by the emerging "Fa Lun Gong Movement" which was more to do with "religious expression" and "freedom of assembly". As Bai Shazhou had commented in the preface to "From Slave to Second-Class Citizen: The Peasants of Modern China" [Mirror Books, 2001], Chinese peasants had staged countless protests against the fascist Chinese government but their voice was virtually unheard outside of the countryside or abroad. The "Three Agri Issues", widely researched upon and propagated by the reformers and democracy activists before year 2000, had shifted to a lesser spot after the emergence of "Fa Lun Gong Movement". Though, both FLG and Chinese peasants share the same root cause of their sufferings and persecutions, i.e., the totalitarian rule of the Chinese communist party.
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