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  • On this episode of China Uncensored

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored. You won't catch me Stalin with a pun. I'm Chris Chappell

  • Well

  • It's been a hundred and sixty-five years since Karl Marx put out his Communist Manifesto that led the world into the communist utopia

  • we know today. The shackles of the workers have been cast off and all live in equality

  • And, oh, what's that?

  • Communism was a total failure that instead of liberating people killed tens of millions and has all but vanished from the face of the earth?

  • Looks like Marx was a little off the mark there. Pun number two!

  • I don't even think that was a minute between.

  • The 20th century was marred by the fear that

  • communism would sweep through the world and that there'd be a nuclear Armageddon. One of the most famous guns in the world

  • the ak-47 was designed by the Soviet Union to be the weapon of revolution. That's why there are anywhere from 100 to 500 million of them in the world today.

  • That's a gun for about every 14 people.

  • That wasn't such a good idea.

  • Of course since guns are banned in China. That's about 1.3 billion people out of the picture, though

  • So we might have to share a little less. But despite all the Red Terror the Soviet Union turned out to be well

  • corrupt and broken. The communist bloc

  • collapsed.

  • The only significant communist country left now is China and even then its communist leaders tout Marxism on the one hand

  • But on the other they sneak over to the U.S. to buy a property.

  • But just as the USSR seemed strong and mighty and then suddenly collapsed overnight the same thing is happening to the Chinese Communist Party.

  • So while China's economic policies may no longer be purely communism, communism is more than just economic policy.

  • It's also a culture and something that the party has latched on to the people to ensure its own survival.

  • But then in 2004, The Epoch Times, NTD's partner media, published the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

  • It's a book-length series of nine editorial commentaries detailing the history of the CCP and its effects on the Chinese people

  • So, for example, for decades

  • the Communist Party has been telling Chinese people that the Party is

  • China, there can be no China without the Party.

  • Even when Chinese people criticize the Party they do it in the context of the Party.

  • That's why the permissible calls for reform are still only calling for reform within the Party rather than an

  • alternative to it. Take Charter 08

  • for example. It was a document about the crazy idea that China should have greater freedoms. Nobel Prize-winner

  • Liu Xiaobo was thrown in jail for 'inciting subversion of state power' for his part in Charter 08.

  • But even so the document was still only calling for those freedoms under 'one-party' rule

  • Basically what the CCP was trying to do was establish

  • Charter 08 as the most extreme form of dissidents because if everyone thinks the most radical ideas for change you can come up with

  • still has the Communist Party on top, then hey! Great for the Communist Party.

  • But by detailing all the terrible things that the Party has brought to the Chinese nation that were once kept secret from the public

  • the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party has started exactly the kind of movement that the CCP has feared for so long.

  • One in which the Chinese people are finally saying, "this Party sucks."

  • It's called Tuidang or withdraw from the Party. From an early age,

  • Chinese people are made to swear that they'll give their blood to the Party. Tuidang is when they get to say, "Stuff that."

  • It's been done by the likes of prominent human rights lawyers like Gao Zhisheng. And, boy, did the party strike back hard.

  • Gao who has also defended Falun Gong practitioners of third-rail issue in China has disappeared was brutally tortured,

  • reappeared just long enough to say he's giving up the fight before disappearing

  • once again. In the first year after the Nine Commentaries was published, 1 million people withdrew from the Party. That number today is over

  • a hundred and forty five million. Now, wait a minute, according to latest figure, there's only around 85 million members of the Chinese Communist Party

  • What's going on here?

  • Well, that's because basically the Tuidang movement isn't just about getting those eighty-five million to withdraw membership. Its goal is to get

  • 1.3 billion Chinese people to sever their ties with the Communist Party

  • The party in China basically consists of three branches: the Young Pioneers, the Communist Youth League, and the Communist Party itself.

  • So from a young age children are made to swear those blood oaths to the Party.

  • So even if you never become an official member of the Party, you've been groomed your whole life to be a part of it.

  • But now, all over China ,messages to withdraw from the Party have been popping up. Now, that's a major embarrassment for the regime.

  • That's why the Nine Commentaries are banned. But here in Hong Kong and also elsewhere around the world

  • Mainland visitors are greeted by volunteers helping them withdraw from the Party

  • One of the reasons why Beijing has tried to wrestle for greater control in Hong Kong

  • The Tuidang movement is run by volunteers most of whom seem to be affiliated with the persecuted Falun Gong spiritual practice.

  • A person can give their real name or a pseudonym if they fear reprisal for their actions.

  • Boy, can there be reprisals. In 2005, dissident author Zhang Lin

  • from on Anhui Province was sentenced to five years in prison for so-called 'inciting subversion of state power' after he published articles online

  • praising the Nine Commentaries.

  • And so while using a pseudonym may sound like a cop-out, when you consider

  • the goal is to have the person making the decision

  • recognize in their heart why they want to do it, their name doesn't really matter that much.

  • Of course the fact that over a hundred million Chinese people have renounced the Chinese government hasn't really made headlines in the West

  • So if one day you turn on the TV and everyone's reporting that the Chinese Communist Party's suddenly collapsed just like the Soviet Union

  • just remember, you heard it here first. I'm not Lenin you down. Pun number three!

  • Thanks for watching. Be sure to check the Facebook and Twitter page

  • And if you happen to be a member of the Communist Party, join the tens of millions of others and quit.

  • I'm Chris Chappell. See you next time.

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