Long live Mao.
People’s Republic of China’s newly crowned Emperor and President-for-Life Xi Jinping has mounted his throne and is starting to exercise his power.
Under Mr Xi’s orders, mandatory political-study sessions emphasizing his speeches and policies were revived for all party members.
So was the Mao-era practice of members criticizing others and themselves.
Can we look forward to reeducation camps, too? Maybe. Here’s Xi on necessary fervor and “right thinking:”
We must continue to rid ourselves of any virus that erodes the party’s fabric[.]
Many government agencies and state-owned businesses require party members to attend study sessions at least once a month. Some officials organize weekly discussions, ask members to spend an hour a day on political self-study or arrange field trips to revolutionary landmarks.
And here’s an indication of the level of Orwellian micromanaging control over individuals that Xi expects the party to exercise:
Rank-and-file Communist Party members must take notes in standard-issue journals and submit them for review, as well as spend spare time studying for regular political discussions and quizzes.
We’re going to live in interesting times. And so are the Chinese people on the mainland.