Orwell alive and well in China – Fred Edwards

From TheStar.com:

George Orwell is alive and well and living in Beijing.

At least that is all one could surmise from the bizarre white paper on democracy released by the Chinese cabinet.

The document is studded with references to the democratic rights enjoyed by the Chinese people but also reaffirms the apparently permanent leadership role of the Communist party.

For example, the preface says: “In the course of their modern history, the Chinese people have waged unrelenting struggles and made arduous explorations in order to win their democratic rights. But only under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) did they really win the right to be masters of the state.”

Note the strange transition from “democratic rights” to “masters of the state,” as if rights and power are somehow the same thing.

November 1, 2005, 10:23 AM
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