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When a government Forces its People to Call A Deer Horse, It constitutes a dictatorial regime

29 July 2013

In face of massive public backlash following the announcement of the controversial Bo Xilai trial, Chinese authority instructed its media mouthpiece to launch a propaganda campaign to convey an impression that the decision is widely supported by the public. Below is a screen shot of a Xinhua News Agency's video news on the trial. Please note the figures of approval (marked with thumb up) and disapproval (marked with thumb down) respectively at the bottom left conner highlighted in yellow. It is 551 vs 6040, which means nine out of every ten viewers object the decision.

A Chinese cyber resident pennamed 重庆**** posted an image of deer and asked what it is.

In many China's online social networks, a comparison has been drawn between what the authority does today and what an ambitious political power broker called Zhao Gao (赵高) did during the reign of the Second Emperor of Qin (the son of the First Emperor Qin).

The power broker in question was a chief of eunuch staff (皇办主任) turned premier. He came from a very humble background but climbed upwards on the ladder of power by enthusiastically waiting at the Emperor Hu's (胡亥) lunch table, and waited patiently for years (在餐厅共进午餐,数年如一日).

As a guy trained in law (法律党人) and allegedly also in economics, he contributed hugely to the Great Wall and Wufanggong Palace Projects by forcibly demolishing houses, leveling villages and destroying farmlands without compensation in the name of Wallisation and Palacation (equivalent to Urbanisation) and coercing the villagers to work as unpaid peasant labours at the construction sites. Later when becoming premier, he is also said (by distorians) to have a hand on the economic reform aimed at helping the enemy kingdom of Chu (楚国) to resurrect from ashes. The self-destructive reform was thus highly praised by a banker with a deep root in and close link to Chu Kingdom - by then capitaled in Anhui's Longevity County (安徽寿县) - as Gaoconomics (赵高经济学).

In fact Zhao Gao's connection to Chu Kingdom was not just confined in the economic field. He believed a theory known as "楚虽三户,亡秦必楚” (Chu Kingdom will destroy Qin Dynasty no matter how) invented by Chu luminous futurist (阴阳学家) titled Duke of Southern Chu (楚南公), and hoped to keep his power in a future world under one order of Chu Kingdom. In preparing for that eventuality, he offered to work secretly for Chu and even learned to speak Chu dialect (according to an unofficial account, he spoke Chu at home with his wife and daughter all the time).

Anyway, once he secured his premiership, Zhao Gao began to work on attaining throneship by exercising total control of the kingdom's propaganda machine. In order to eliminate all those who could challenge his usurper ambition, he persuaded the emperor to execute all his brothers and sisters and other prominent royal members. Then through calculated misrepresentation of public opinions he misled the world into believe that his decisions were unanimously supported by everyone in the court and in the kingdom (全国人民坚决拥护朝廷的英明决定).

To find out if the goal of one kingdom one order under his command (令出一门) had been achieved, one day Zhao Gao brought a deer and presented it to the emperor as horse. When the emperor questioned his mispronunciation, Zhao Gao asked the people around to be the judges. After those who spoke truth were secretly but swiftly put to death, the rest changed their verdict and all called the deer horse (指鹿为马).

Thus by securing the soft power (public opinion) Zhao Gao also secured the hard power (armed force), and with that he easily deposed Emperor Hu in a military coup when he thought the time for him to take over the regal seat was ripe.

The Great Qin, the first unified dynasty of China, was indeed destroyed by people from Chu in the year 206 BC, just a little more than a month after Zhao Gao's coup. However, the usurper wasn't able to live to see the day coming. He was killed by a Qin prince and a general, along with his wife, his daughter, his son-in-law and all his relatives. Since then no one has ever claimed to be his descendant, directly or remotely related, but the idiom of "Point at a Deer and Call It Horse" lives on and has been conveniently used by today's Chinese to describe the current political situation in China under the State Council's rule of terror.

Hence 重庆**** got the following responses to his question:

- It's a horse.
- It's a big horse.
- It's a great horse.
- It's fantastic horse.

- It's an Arabian horse
- It's a divine horse.
- It's a unicorn.
- You can't be serous to ask such a question, it is of course a horse.
- What do you think it is, dear premier?

- I'll believe whatever you say, even when you claim it is Obama.
- All people in China say it is a horse. Yeah!




If you sentence him to imprisonment, Bo Xilai will become Nelson Mandela; if you sentence him to death, Bo Xilai will become Yue Fei. You go ahead!



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