Chinese President Xi Jinping is taking China back to the Maoist era in his pursuit of total control over the Chinese people’s mind. Mao, in order to consolidate his power, brainwashed Chinese youth by making it mandatory to own and carry Mao’s ‘Little Red Book’. Along the same line, Xi Jinping, in the disguise of moral education, is asking Chinese kids to donate their money for the CCP funds.
China has been going through some serious crisis, be it the food or the economic crisis. As a result of which there has been growing apprehension in the CCP about an outburst of public emotions and Xi is threatened that he might lose control of the CCP’s chairmanship. It is this vulnerability, which is making Xi Jinping issue such absurd diktats for kids.
Jennifer Zeng tweeted a picture of a document of the Linzhou City Charity Federation. To strengthen the ideological and moral education of young Chinese, Linzhou City Education and Sports Bureau is organising various donation activities in the city’s primary and secondary schools. Under one of such themes- “Donating the New Year’s Eve Money to Fight for a Suffering”, the city’s education bureau asked kindergarten, elementary and middle school students to donate their “Lunar New Year Money” to Linzhou City Charity Federation.
The CCP is asking kindergarten, elementary and middle school students to donate their pocket money. In China, parents and older generation often give some pocket money to kids during the New Year. It is called "New Year Money". https://t.co/CeBzK0srPz
— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) March 6, 2021
This document of the CCP resembles the reforms Mao implemented during the Cultural Revolution to brainwash Chinese youth by making it mandatory to read the Little Red Book. This move single-handily allowed to quell all of his dissent and opposition.
When in October last year, the 56-year old billionaire, Jack Ma criticised China’s “outdated regulation” and accused the state-owned banks of operating with a “pawnshop” mentality, Jinping perceived it as a direct threat and decided to crack down on Alibaba. Xi Jinping’s vindictive anti-trust probe into Alibaba reflects how the Chinese President remains personally insecure with Jack Ma’s rich popularity within the Communist nation. He feels that if the billionaire entrepreneur keeps making headlines in China, then Ma might start getting be seen as a symbol of resistance against Beijing’s authoritarianism. Xi is thus, worried that Ma supporters could even rebel against the CCP.
And, in his fear, Xi Jinping has started following Mao’s footsteps. He has been trying to replicate Mao’s Little Red Book strategy to brainwash Chinese kids. This strategy would allow him to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly, brainwashing young Chinese would make them loyal to the CCP and this new Red Army, in turn, would quell all the existing dissenter and opposition without much involvement of the CCP.
With Jinping’s Mao-era reforms to consolidate power, China will again witness the rise of a young ‘Red Army’ as the Chinese President aims to quell opposition and dissent to stay at the top.