What is perhaps surprising is that this is being said in a recent op/ed in the government’s People’s Daily.
The Chinese-language online news People.com republished an opinion essay by Zhan Yong, titled “把风水迷信拉下’神坛’ (Demolish the ‘altar’ of fengshui superstition),” in People’s Daily of Oct. 27, 2013.
The author, Zhan Yong, then proceeds to excoriate those officials and cadres:
“Some [Communist Party] cadres seek the counsel of fengshui masters in all matters. They don’t believe in Marxism but instead believe in ghosts and spirits. These superstitions are indicative of certain party members superstitious and confused mentality, which has a destructive effect on social climate and is met with disapproval from the masses.
Distortion in thought and alienation of authority go hand in hand. Whether one looks to fengshui to change one’s personal fortunes or for gain or as a source of comfort, this is all indicative of the cadre having forgotten “who I am” [that is, a member of the Communist Party] and confused about “on whom I depend”. [A cadre who is] separated from the masses is a tree that’s uprooted who no longer works for the people but instead is obsessed with fengshui superstition.
This is a warning to us that we must oppose the ‘four winds,’ intensify ideological education, so that cadres at all levels have the correct outlook on the world, authority, and on their profession; dedicate their hearts to the people and to the people’s livelihood. If we do all that, fengshui spiritualists will find it difficult to sneak in. And so, the altar of fengshui superstition will be demolished, and we become restored as honest servants of the people.“
Of course, People’s Daily‘s belated acknowledgment that Chinese Communist Party members no longer believe in Marxism raises this obvious question:
From the beginning, the CCP has justified its monopolistic right to rule on Marxism — on its claim to possession of special truths and insights imparted by the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist-Dengist ideology. Now that even the party no longer believes in that ideology, on what does the party base its right to rule over more than a billion people?
H/t ChinaScope and CODA’s Sol Sanders
- “Talk of the unthinkable: Collapse of communism in China,” Sept. 22, 2013.
- “Why China’s anti-corruption campaign is blocked in the PLA,” Oct. 7, 2013.
Dr. C is the Editor of Consortium of Defense Analysts.