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Liu Yunshan’s Comment, “Marxism Is Our Ancestor” Sparks Outrage

Liu Yunshan insisting the Chinese strengthen their study of Marxism-Leninism was met with refute and accusations of being a complete sellout to the enemy. (GOH CHAI HIN/AFP/Getty Images) 2014-01-05 02:22 PM EST
In Beijing, at a Jan. 3 national meeting of publicity department heads from across the country, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau Liu Yunshan addressed attendees.

He said a more proactive approach in publicizing ideology is necessary, that the theories of the Communist Party’s ancestors cannot be abandoned, and that they should be used to control the media and public opinion.

The theories of Marx, Lenin, and Mao should be studied, promoted, and strengthened, he brazenly declared.

China affairs expert Zhang Jian believes that in the face of the democratic trend throughout the world, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has recognized its fate of elimination. Thus, the CCP is giving one last ditch struggle before its end.

Its intention is to deceive people via its ideology and drag the entire nation into an abyss from which there is no return.

"His talk explains why the Communist regime continues to insist on the dictatorship ideology. It is the same as Wu Bangguo’s ‘Five No’s,” said Zhang Jian, China affairs expert.

Zhang Jian believes that Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, benevolence, righteousness, propriety, being conscientious and true are included in the Chinese ancestry, but the so-called Marxism-Leninism is not.

Since the CCP came in to power, all traditional Chinese culture has been destroyed and betrayed.

Zhang Jian: "It is complete betrayal to adopt a ghost from abroad as ones ancestor. This is rebellious and blasphemous to Chinese culture."

Liu Yunshan’s ancestor speech sparked public outcry on the Internet.

An activist with the screen name “Tang Gula” commented, “The theory negated and abandoned by mankind is clearly not worthy, unless one admits himself as not human. The adopted one is no ancestor. Recognize the people first, not the ancestor. Listen to what the people have to say, not the theory.”

A retired university faculty member with the screen name “Raptors” states, “Someone claims not to have abandoned the ancestor, but netizens refuse to be the descendants of Marx.”

A netizen from Shenzhen quibbled, “My gosh, Marx, Engels, and Lenin have become their ancestors. Their children are abroad, do their ancestors have to be adopted too?!”


Another netizen wrote, “We are Chinese. Marx and Lenin are not our ancestors.”

Wang Kang, anti-communist scholar agrees. "Those netizens are correct.
Liu Yunshan is Chinese, not German or Russian. What is an ancestor? China has been a patrilineality. Going backward, the ancestors cannot be Marx or Lenin. They must be Chinese," he says.

Wang Kang told NTD that the CCP’s remarks were meant to create an image of its ‘orthodoxy,’ to reshape its ideology and reshuffle the political power within the party.

Wang Kang: "It is for the purpose of bringing China towards the ‘Red Empire’ ideal that the CCP is requiring this re-strengthening of ideology and re-sanctification. It is ridiculous and also very dangerous."

Last year, the CCP intensified its Internet censorship, targeting the posts of popular netizens and blocking 100,000 Internet accounts. Meanwhile, a large number of Internet monitoring personnel were trained as so-called Internet opinion analysts who actually serve to direct and mislead Internet opinion.

Liu Yunshan was the Deputy Director of the Propaganda Department in 1993. He became director between 2002 and 2012, and has participated in Jiang Zemin’s persecution campaign of Falun Gong practitioners.

The Propaganda Department has concocted a massive amount of false news stories and programs to discredit Falun Gong and instigate hatred against Falun Gong among the innocent public.

However, many more netizens have awakened to the truth. Using firewall breaching systems, they have denounced the CCP via “Tuidang,” an overseas website hosted by the Epoch Times. To date, more than 150 million Chinese have quit the Communist Party and its affiliated organizations.

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