The above shows the result of a poll conducted by an ultra
right wing Chinese web site that is pro-Premier Wen and anti-Bo
Xilai. The question asks if the viewers like the Cultural
Revolution. Two thirds said yes.
Why is that?
The following microblog message may offer a clue to the
Guopin: A taxi driver told Liang
xx (Liang xx is a novelist and likes to think himself as
elite), today's society is too dark, and I'd rather to
go back to the earlier years. Liang asked him: Do you know
how many people suffered even died during the Cultural Revolution?
The driver replied: So? All those suffered were the intellectuals
What Chinese Say
About "intellectual elite" Liang's
anger over the cab driver's reply:
Premier Wen is known to hate Cultural Revolution's
guts, but he is in fact, as exposed recently, an active
Cultural Revolutionist. During the years 1968 - 1978, Wen,
a humble technician, was promoted to the position of political
cadre and then became the political chief of the Geomechanics
Team at the Bureau of Geology in Gansu Province.
What was his political rival Bo
Xilai doing in those years? Bo's mother died at the
hands of some violent Cultural Revolutionists from the
geology industry, his father was locked behind bars for
nine years and he himself spent five years at a detention
centre for being the child of the guilty parents.
Ironically, a Cultural
Revolutionist now accused the victim of bringing back
the Cultural Revolution.
We certainly do not wish to see the repeat of the Revolution,
which was riddled with many flaws right from the beginning,
derailed during the process and failed miserably at the end,
although it does have many merits. Yet while the remnants
of the Cultural Revolution like Wen keep oppressing ordinary
people's rights to survive and to express for the interest
of their associates at home and abroad, judging by what the
poll shows, the occurrence of another Cultural Revolution
might not be entirely impossible.