Updated last: December 09, 2013
An editorial series called the ‘Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party’ was published in 2004 by a Chinese language newspaper that upon release sparked a quiet but determined movement to free people’s hearts and minds from the culture of violence created by the Communist Party in China (CCP). In December 2013, nine years later 150 million people have joined the Tuidang Movement by renouncing the Chinese Communist Party.
The Nine Commentaries is written for mainland Chinese people who have spent more than 60 years inside a system of intellectual containment created by a state propaganda machine that controls access to any and all information, revises history to glorify the Communist Party, and fabricates information against anyone the Party wishes to take down. It has specifically targeted independent thought by creating an environment of terror.
The book detailed the violent history of the CCP, and resonated deeply with Chinese people. Within two weeks of its publication, people in mainland China began sending letters renouncing their membership in the Party to the Epoch Times. In the months that followed this trickle of renunciations became a flood, and the Tuidang Movement was born.
In the nine years since the publication of the Nine Commentaries, more than 150 million people have renounced their affiliation with the Party.
So what does it mean to renounce the Party?
Tuidang in Chinese means to ‘Quit the Communist Party’. It is dangerous for people in China to renounce the Party, so in the Tuidang Movement people rarely use their own names. They choose a pen name and quit the Party.
The purpose of the Tuidang Movement is to give hope to the Chinese people. Its purpose is to give Chinese people a better future by having them change their hearts, beginning with renouncing the culture of violence that the Communist Party instills in people.
One question that is often asked in China is: How can the Tuidang Movement have 150 million people quit the Party, when there are only 40-60 million Party members?
It is a good question, but the answer is very simple. The Chinese Communist Party has 40-60 million members. However, many people in China have also been required to join either the Young Pioneers as elementary school students, or the Communist Youth League as teenagers. When people renounce their affiliation with the Party, it is sometimes referred to as ‘San Tui’, meaning the three withdrawls. They withdraw from any or all three.
In addition, many elderly folks fought in different wars for the CCP, or may have joined in one of the many revolutions that happened many years ago. Often times they don’t know the rules of the Communist Party and may assume that they were part of it. Elderly people very often quit the Party just to make it absolutely clear to heaven, their ancestors and themselves that they don’t have anything to do with it.
So the number is quite large, and it continues to grow ever faster.
So, how will mainland China transition into a society without the Communist Party?
This is a question that people from mainland China have difficulty grasping. Oftentimes, people both inside and outside China follow the Communist Party’s propaganda by saying that China needs the CCP because otherwise how can such a large population be controlled?
Zhang Xinyu, the founder of Global Information Freedom movement, told New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television that the Nine Commentaries is profound, and exposes the CCP in a new way, clearly describing its true nature. “In the years after the Nine Commentaries was published, everyone suddenly understood things thoroughly,” Zhang said. “Before, we were submerged in an ocean of Communist Party culture, so we couldn’t perceive anything [abnormal about it].”
In fact, China has a long history with a very rich culture, and deeply rooted moral values. It is the CCP itself that is violent, not the Chinese people. When the CCP fades into ignominy, the Chinese people will once again thrive and will begin to rise up to their true stature.
What is the violent history of the CCP?
Online author Qingchu said the Nine Commentaries has shocked Chinese people by revealing the Party’s uncensored history, and it has allowed many to understand that the Party was born in an orgy of blood.
“The historical events mentioned in the Nine Commentaries are all well-founded; I’m pretty familiar with these things because I love history,” Qingchu said. “All the historical examples are based on facts, but we in mainland China have been tightly sealed in, so it sounded like fairy tales at first. This book reveals the very root of the Communist Party, that is why the regime is very afraid, and is trying to ban it.”
Qingchu added that CCP leaders keep saying how great Communism is, but they all send their children and relatives to western countries. This shows that they don’t really have any confidence in the system, and are only saying this to deceive the public.
So, will the Party ever reform?
Political commentator Li Shanjian said the Nine Commentaries not only clarifies the nature and history of the CCP, but also explains something deeper about its culture and ideology. Many people actually know about the violent history of the Party, Li said, but when a relatively nicer leader gets elected, they start hoping that it will become better. However, after people have read and understood the Nine Commentaries, they realize that reforming the Communist Party is completely impossible.
Li gave three reasons why he thinks the Party will never reform:
First, the CCP has committed too much evil. It has caused the deaths of 80 million Chinese. This number doesn’t even include the many tens of millions of people outside of China it has murdered. So many deaths and so many crimes can’t just be ignored.
Second, the CCP’s concern is exclusively and entirely about self-preservation and the maintenance of its power. Maybe someday, or during a short historical period, it might make some concessions regarding democratic or civil reform, but it will only do this to survive longer. When it doesn’t feel the necessity to make concessions, or when it wants to generate fear, it will start killing again without hesitation.
Third, the CCP is blocking China from a better future. Right now, China’s main problem is rapid moral deterioration. If China wants to enter a better future, it must re-establish a moral system. This moral system would be based on China’s traditional, cultural values, and this is in direct conflict with the Communist Party’s ideology. Traditional cultural values cannot co-exist with the CCP. Therefore, there is no hope for China as long as the Communist Party exists.
So, is the Tuidang Movement a political movement?
The Tuidang Movement does not fit the form of a typical protest movement. It is distinctly Chinese in nature. There are no visible protests, or high profile calls for change. The Tuidang Movement is a quiet phenomenon, rooted in Chinese intellectual traditions, whose aim is to help individuals find personal peace and liberation.
It does not proscribe what type of governance should be put in place. It begins from the premise that for the nation to be good, people’s hearts need to change and return to goodness. This begins freeing them of their suffering bondage to Communism.
Whatever the future governing institutions of China may look like, the Tuidang Movement will have laid an essential foundation for greater openness and freedom by reinforcing the commitment of tens of millions of Chinese to honesty, fairness, and compassion in daily life.