Changes to China’s constitution creates controversy and paints a picture of a neo-fascist regime as Xi’s cultural revolution enforces loyalty to China alone, and lengthens his presidential term indefinitely. A surveillance state is on the rise and censorship at an all time high, banning books like ‘1984,’ ‘Brave New World,’ and ‘Animal Farm’ that expose the controlling system for what it will create.
Since his time in office began, Xi Jinping has already been added to the constitution of China by more than 2,300 delegates who voted to enshrine “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” into the party’s constitution.
Until now, the Chinese Communist Party has added only one leader, Mao, to the constitution while he was alive. The party added Deng’s name and vision for China to the constitution after he died in 1997. This means an enormous centralization of power for Xi and his Party over China’s economy and society.
But now Xi Jinping is taking it a step further. The Communist Party unveiled a series of proposed amendments to China’s constitution on February 25. The most controversial amendment is the removal of presidential term limits which would effectively grant Xi power to rule indefinitely.
Along with this bold move, comes the online banning and censorship of more critical keywords in China. George Orwell’s novel ‘Animal Farm’ which teaches the errors in dictatorship has been added to the banned list along with his other novel ‘1984′ that displays the effects of a mass surveillance culture. ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley was also added to the list. The book paints the picture of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order–all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.
With a technologically driven surveillance state in China that monitors a citizen’s every move rising, a social credit system, and reports being released that the communist regime is now punishing thought crimes, it’s no wonder they wish to ban such revealing books. The religious winter taking place in China is revealing the drastic nature of communism. Chinese Christians are being told to turn from Jesus to Xi Jinping.
Other banned phrases include, ‘long live the emperor,’ ‘proclaim oneself emperor,’ and ‘Xi Zedong.’ Clearly, there is some concern within the party that Xi might be compared to the murderous Mao Zedong or that the people may object to his indefinite term.
Zhou Xin. “Xi's thought to be codified in China's Constitution .” Xinhua. . (2018): . . http://bit.ly/2FqWD1R
Josh Rudolph. “Sensitive Words: Xi to Ascend His Throne (Updated).” China Digital Times. . (2018): . . http://bit.ly/2D1Aty2