The Three Mis-Represents

It is two years since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) unveiled its new ideological credo, called the "Three Represents." What good fortune it is that China's most sacred, encompassing, and powerful doctrine built around the triumvirate of "the interests of the majority of the people" "advanced culture," and "advanced productive forces" found one political party to be its representative! Good fortune, that is, for the CCP, not for China and its people.

The "Three Represents" has several official versions, each including the words "always," "China," and "represent." Their meaning is clear. On the other hand, "majority of the people," "advanced culture," and "advanced productive forces," as well as some other phrases that dominate the doctrine, are vague, perhaps deliberately so.

Common sense suggests that the "majority of the people," whom the CCP is supposed to "represent," should include workers. But the CCP long ago abandoned the workers. How many lost their jobs last month? How many were forced to take early retirement? How many mining accidents were there? How many workers' protests? Who jailed their organizers? The "Representative of the Three Represents" refuse to say. Workers who protest and strike are "rioting." Whoever reports such events is "anti-revolutionary."

The same is true of the Party's relationship with the peasants, who provided Mao Zedong with the soldiers and supplies he needed in battles that lasted decades. Peasants followed Mao because the CCP promised them land. But Mao decided to take back the land from the peasants even before it was given to them. "The serious problem is the education of the peasants," he said. So he taught them that all land belongs to the state. The "representatives" of the peasants are the new landlords.