The Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party were first published in November of 2004, followed quickly by an English translation. This series has led more than 115 million Chinese to renounce the communist party and its affiliated organizations, fostering an unprecedented peaceful movement for transformation and change in China. Here we republish the newly re-edited Nine Commentaries, linked to video and audio versions produced by our partner media, NTD Television and the SOH Radio Network. For the other Commentaries, please see the Table of Contents. —Eds.
Chinese people value greatly the Tao, or the Way. In ancient times, a brutal emperor would be called “a decadent ruler who lacks the Tao.” Any behavior not conforming to the standard of morality, which in Chinese is denoted by the two characters Dao De, meaning Tao and virtue respectively, was said “not to follow the principle of Tao.”
Even farmers in revolt put out banners proclaiming “achieve the Way on behalf of heaven.” Lao Zi said, “There is something mysterious and whole, which existed before heaven and earth, silent, formless, complete, and never changing. Living eternally everywhere in perfection, it is the mother of all things. I do not know its name; I call it the Way.” This suggests that the world is formed from Tao.
|By respecting heaven and the earth, humankind enjoys a harmonious life.
Poster promoting Red Guards beating people, destroying properties, and raiding homes. The slogan in the picture says, "Smash the old world; build a new world."
In the last hundred years, the sudden invasion by the communist specter has created a force against nature and humanity, causing limitless agony and tragedy. It has also pushed civilization to the brink of destruction. Having committed all sorts of atrocities that violate the Tao and oppose heaven and the earth, it has become an extremely malevolent force against the universe.
“Man follows the earth, the earth follows heaven, heaven follows the Tao, and the Tao follows what is natural.” In ancient China, people believed in complying with, harmonizing, and co-existing with heaven. Humankind integrates with heaven and earth and exists in mutual dependence with them.
The Tao of the universe does not change, and the universe runs according to the Tao in an orderly manner. The earth follows the changes of heaven and therefore has four distinct seasons.
By respecting heaven and the earth, humankind enjoys a harmonious life of gratitude and blessings. This is reflected in the expression “heaven’s favorable timing, earth’s advantageous terrain, and harmony among the people.” According to Chinese thought, astronomy, geography, the calendar system, medicine, literature, and even social structures all follow this understanding.
But the Communist Party promotes humans over nature and a philosophy of struggle in defiance of heaven, the earth, and nature. Mao Zedong said, “battling with heaven is endless joy, fighting with the earth is endless joy, and struggling with humanity is endless joy.” Perhaps the Communist Party did acquire real joy from these struggles, but the people have paid tremendously painful costs.
I. Struggling with People and Exterminating Human Nature
Confounding Good and Evil and Eliminating Humanity
A human being is first a natural being and then a social being. “Men at their birth are naturally good” and “The heart of compassion is possessed by all people alike” are among the many guidelines that human beings bring with them at birth, guidelines that enable them to distinguish right from wrong and good from evil. However, for the CCP, human beings are animals or even machines. According to the CCP, the bourgeoisie and the proletariat are just material forces.
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