Blog and Press Review: Oh, Rule of Law!

I’m sometimes wondering if one should really make a fuss and take issue with stuff that is written by the mouthpieces of a totalitarian political system, who praise the disciplinary investigation against Bo Xilai or charges against his wife as shining examples of how rule of law prevails in China . But if one wants to take issue, the following is a great way to do so:

It’s not rule of law if everybody’s doing it and you only oust the people who piss on the shoes of the top leadership. It’s not rule of law if every case of corruption is due to a lack of personal virtue on the part of the official with nary a word about the system that allows this kind of venality to flourish. It’s not rule of law if the police chief of a major city has to threaten to defect in order to get the attention of the central government.

Jeremiah Jenne, reacting to the  Global Times‘ coverage.

But another option, if you really want to insult Huanqiu Shibao, is to quote from it:

There is no contradiction between emancipation of mind and trust in the party’s central committee. Without emancipation of minds, trust in the central committee would be mere slavish conformism. It is exactly for the diversity we have, for having other options, that we truly discover that trusting the party’s central committee, implementing the party’s road map, is more reliable than any other method other people may teach us, and more able to create the conditions that make the country and the individual develop.




Dr. Zhivago lives, Andresen / RIA Novosti, Aug 12, 2011



3 Responses to “Blog and Press Review: Oh, Rule of Law!”

  1. Nothing like a brain transplant to keep the doubts away! What would we ever do without such a press?


  2. Yep – a brain that actually makes choices, and always the correct ones. Which is pretty scientific, given that there are brain researchers who describe human decisions as quick results of a long preceding learning process, rather than “free will” or conscious, careful deliberations (almost like lacing ones shoes). Most decisions are made barely deliberately, but can usually be explained with seemingly autonomous deliberations on demand – usually by the person who made the decision or choice.

    Never misunderestimate Chinese editors-in-chief.



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