ChinaGeeks translates excerpts of writings by Leung Man Tao, a recognized media professional and ‘public intellectual’ from Hong Kong, Du Guang, a veteran Central Party School scholar, and Sun Liping, a sociology professor at Tsinghua University, all writing about the government’s concept of “social stability.” From Du Guang’s piece:
Currently, who is the sower of the seed of instability in China? It is incredible that the SPO regards us old people as the causes of instability. They must be blind, or else still hold old views like ‘class struggle’ and ‘enemy forces’. In fact, they do not need high intelligence to see that the seeds of instability are corrupt officials, and the businessmen linked to them. Which mass incident is not caused by them? The Chinese people are among the most dutiful, peaceful and tolerant. They will not risk confrontations with the government, unless they are faced with extreme exploitations and oppressions.
What is the soil for the growth of instability? It is an authoritarian political system without checks and balances. ‘Insisting on Party’s leadership’ means the party is above everything. This will evolve into unsupervised power which finds no boundary. Anyone who holds power can abuse it, inventing all kinds of tricks to exploit ordinary people’s wealth, sowing the seeds of dissatisfaction and instability.