Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution leaders haunted by dirty-trick harassment campaigns

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2015/02/18/hong-kongs-umbrella-revoluti.html

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“Some things change; some things never do.”

– Arlo Guthrie

If you want a lot of outraged deep reporting on the suppression of American dissent, I recommend:

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets by Curt Gentry.

[Update: corrected spelling of “dissent”.]


Some time around 1989 the Chinese Communist Party entirely ceased to be Communist and became Fascist. It’s quite a remarkable thing.

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Other harassments are not so quiet:


This manner of tactical and strategic approach has a number of distinctive pain points for the totalitarian system of China:

  1. It forces more of the discontent underground, which includes forcing it into areas of society which might typically usually not be involved in a political-‘human rights’ movement. That is, not unlike what happens in a spill, it spreads it out. This method will not work well for those authorities because it forces the discontent to be more spreading and more resistant to their capacities of controlling it.
  2. It creates what is commonly referred to something like “a martyr” effect. That increases the zealousness of those directly engaged in expressing the discontent and sends a message to the many who are not engaged in the protests but share the discontent that they themselves might realize they may be forced to act and speak in capacities which they have the power to do so as other means, legitimate means, are not working.
  3. though tied in with the above two points, what China is doing here is criminal. And in the category of criminal it is especially devious and sadistic. While they might argue, “I have a badge so it is not criminal” or some might wish to debate “what is criminal” – in these situations those opinions are not worth anything. It is criminality in practice and effect, and theory, PR muckracking, delusions of the capacities of authorities are all meaningless conjecture.

This means that it effects the stabalization of all quarters of the society, because when society’s authorities flagrantly operate in clearly, universally criminal actions that sends a deep message to that society and deeply effects how each individual considers the validity of their laws and authorities – even when those laws may be entirely necessary, such as laws against murder and property theft.

Invariably, increases in crime happen, to put another way, and every manner of crime.

  1. More evidence, of course, of China trying to stay in the past. Some would call China having been “Communist”, or something of that matter. From speaking to Chinese, I have heard and agree with the assessment that: It is the very same system that they had before this system. Corrupt & top heavy might be two terms to describe that old society they had.

That is, outsiders who are objective might well be able to detail “how China is moving forward” from their old, very broken system compared to “how China is resisting moving forward”. Obviously, in these human rights departments, as well as in so many areas, they continue to fight against inevitable change, which is as loosing of a battle as a child resisting education necessary to get along in the world.

Their authorities are lost, that is, without basic understanding of “which end is up” and “which direction is forward”. They couch this lostness in a wide variety of justifications and meaningless “party” talk. But the simple fact is: their authorities are grossly inept at running their state, and that will always come back to hurt them. If they continue in their willful ignorance, inevitably the system will collapse. As it has a few times in the past. Very possibly that collapse may not be revolutionary at all, but most likely economic.

And it might come much sooner then they would like.

It is a wonder that the leaders just did not ‘disappear’ mysteriously or that they were just simply assassinated.

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