In Hong Kong media yesterday morning (Monday 1 Sept, 2014) Headline Daily
reported in its columns, under the title, “NPC sets framework for chief
executive election”, that deputy secretary-general Li Fei of the
National People’s Congress Standing Committee urged Hong Kong people to
discuss the chief executive electoral reform rationally. He said the
reform would bring democratic development, stability and prosperity to
Hong Kong while safeguarding state sovereignty, security and protection
in terms of the system on the mainland.
No one I meet seems to believe him. Not only that, there is rampant
negativity abroad about this issue and other political-social phenomena
current in Hong Kong. When I offer an alternative view, granted from a
non-Chinese I am ‘shot down’… Either I am not meeting the right people,
reading the more balanced press or I am just a know-nothing who has been
living in the territory since 1980.
Surely it is well understood that these are the mechanisms of the
Chinese Communist Party which rules over today’s China. The same Party
that gave Hong Kong a new lease of life after all the like-negativity
around 1997 which caused many to flee Hong Kong – only to dribble back
again on seeing the normalcy.
Mao proposed a New Democracy. The Chinese Communists know where they
are headed and have a blueprint for the future and it is defined in the
Yes, it is in such machine-like arrogance that the danger lies, quite
like religious fanaticism, that cannot see beyond its own nose.
Nationalist fundamentalism, is a regressed form of
the same tendency. The countermeasure can be taken in its simple form
from China’s past, in the reasonable humanism of practical Chinese
thought. But the structure of the concept has to be thought through and
the methodology systematized.
Humanism and the spirit of reasonableness are linked with their sense
of humour and also a sense of proportion – ruling out fanaticism of any
kind. The word democracy can also be brought out of the cupboard here
So far, only the democratic form has been promulgated, the spirit has
been entirely lacking. Yet, China has the spirit of democracy – this is
why Mao spoke of the New Democracy.
Ancient Chinese democracy was formed around village self-government
with laissez-faire controls from the Central Government. It foundered on
mis-education, a class based society, corruption and by the imposition
of centralised taxation and control – in effect, by mismanagement.
Things are a great deal further forward today. Also, the
possibilities of communications are available, if still managed by
monopolies for profit and control – in a word – power. Many external
things have changed for the good, the problem lies with the attitudes,
The promise of humanism is precisely in the Humanization of Man.
Humanize Man and the entirety of associated trappings are humanized. It
is the next step to take the New Democracy to Communism and the only way
it will work.
Also, it is the message to the capitalist countries, where to
Humanize Capitalism renders the word capitalism back into lower case and
it is normalized. A capital based economy no: a capital pooled economy,
yes. Redefined, capitalism is useful. Communism, which places the value
of the community – en masse – as the first priority, and labels it The
State, has to be modified so the human being is given central value;
that is humanism.
In practise this means a co-operative system of economy and of
politics. It also means that the human being is recognised whatever the
race, creed or colour.
The New Democracy sees a One Earth system, just like the old Chinese
Universe but the educated Chinese see beyond their nationalistic
tendencies and include the whole of mankind in this One Earth. It has
always been said that Communism has to be a universal system to work,
and that holds true.
This may not necessarily mean ‘the universe’ ie., the whole planet,
it can be ‘their universe’, their part of the planet, but that would
mean a permanent situation of tension between the different worlds, just
as we have today, more ideally without the ragged edges but there is an
answer that overcomes those limitations.
People outside of the Communist brotherhood thought this meant an
exclusivity, as did many fellow travellers who never gave active
consideration to Communism and how it would work. The answer lay in the
notion of a world society envisaged with a common denominator: Man – but
Man as human being.
Man, defined in universalistic humanism as a socio-historical
phenomenon, simply, a product of his or her social and historical
conditions, determines the rate of change depending in great degree on
Then Man becomes sufficiently independent of nature and stands apart
and cannot be linked with that unthinking violence seen in the affairs
of the jungle, or the desert, where survival is paramount and Madam Fate
plays a major role. That was the Dark Ages, with settlement, leading to
the Feudal Ages.
The methodology of humanism is active non-violence which works to
displace from power every form of violence; whether physical, economic,
racial, ideological, religious or cultural.
In the machine-like mentality Man is ‘naturally’ violent but the
humanist doctrine opposes this, saying that with the intention of
non-violence then Man is not violent.
The inhumane systems of all countries, whether capitalist or
communist, and everything in between, are the direct cause of people’s
stress. The pressures and forms of violence openly or discreetly
practised resulting in people’s general violence. It is the violence of
the systems that are the problem – the root of the problem – the
reaction of people is symptomatic only and points at that root.
Give anyone the possibility of contentment and a proper education with future and there is no violence!
The New Democracy was not intended as the final solution, but to lead
to peaceful co-existence among all people. To achieve this there has to
be a new mentality and only today is the means available; the
technology, the communications, the sufficient number of educated, the
surpluses, the awareness and the rising power of the young in spirit –
that is usually coincident with the young of age.
In ancient China, in Confucianism, there was the idea of Rule in
Virtue, where mankind was taken to be originally pure and non-violent
and where the problem was seen to be the environment and the system as
agents that sullied. In Buddhism also, the Buddha Mind is originally
pure, like a mirror. The effort involved in self-realisation is – once
cleaned – to keep the mirror free of dust. Bear in mind that the Buddha
is Man not god.
The Chinese Communist propaganda machine, that made the entire
Communist experiment work, now has to be placed at the service of
humanizing. Whereas it has been used for the external work of good
personal hygiene, birth control and the like in its
everyday applications, it also deals with qualification of the entire
population of China in regard to the doctrine of communism, the works of
Marx-Leninism, the works and thought of Mao Tse-tung and now Deng.
Also, very importantly, to inspire communists with the fire and
brimstone of Communist idealism. Well, a reorientation has to be given.
The Beijing government is not going to allow the mess apparent in so
many economically developed and supposed democratic countries to appear
in Hong Kong to spoil what has been achieved under its relatively light
rule thus far.
There is a hysteria prevalent among those taken in by this stolen
concept “Occupy Central” so immediately demanding and not conducive to
reaching any far-sighted and practical solution. The pan-democrats have
been charmed by their own rhetoric and bids to outdo each other. Me
thinks there is too much gullibility among them and not enough gumption.