HONG KONG’S CRISIS AS MICROCOSM OF THE WORLD’S FUTURE

August 7, 2019 – 7:49 am

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The stage appears set for confrontation between freedom, democracy and human rights vs China’s socialism. The second essay offers a timeline of how tension between China and Hong Kong has been growing. It asks whether Hong Kong can afford to stay silent in the face of pollution and economic inequality. By Thomas Hon Wing Polin.

Hong Kong, with its Sino-Western heritage, lies on the fault line of the intensifying confrontation between the Western Empire and China. The conflict is likely to be the defining international affair of our time. That’s a fundamental reason the former British colony and current Chinese special administrative region has been wrecked by turmoil the past two months.

In a fundamental way, Hong Kong is undergoing a crisis of values. The contest is between the Empire’s ideology of Freedom, Democracy & Human Rights (FDHR), which has been instilled for 155 years by British rulers, and Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Unfortunately, the systematic inculcation of FDHR in Hong Kong has focused solely on the dogma’s ideals, not their application in the real world.

There, FDHR has largely sacrificed the interests of the 99 percent majority for those of the 1 percent elites at home. Abroad, it is a spearhead of the Western imperium’s predatory domination of the world - and a beachhead for influencing, subverting and even regime-changing governments that the West doesn’t like.

Many Hong Kongers have embraced the West’s Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights with a religious fervor. As “Absolute Truth,” it is beyond challenge via rational debate. Worse, it confers on many acolytes an overweening sense of self-righteousness.

Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, meanwhile, serves the 99 percent rather than the 1 percent domestically. Globally, it promotes peace and mutually beneficial development. But nobody told Hong Kong’s FDHR admirers about any of that. And most don’t have the minimal intellectual curiosity and capability needed to find out for themselves.

Indeed, many Hong Kongers have embraced the West’s Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights with a religious fervor. As “Absolute Truth,” it is beyond challenge via rational debate. Worse, it confers on many acolytes an overweening sense of self-righteousness. With God-is-on-my-side conviction, they feel they can do no wrong.

Wrongdoings and crimes are understandable, even acceptable if committed in the name of FDHR. These transgressions range from lying incessantly, rioting and violent vandalism to trashing people and property and damaging the livelihood of others. All are excused if they are committed to advance the cause of Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights.

The conflict in Hong Kong is in fact a microcosm of the one the world will be facing in the decades ahead. Led by the United States, the Western Empire is pushing countries to choose between itself and China - the Western way or the Chinese way. That is not a choice Beijing is obliging anyone to make.

It is this collapse of good sense and ethical bearings that’s perhaps the most nefarious feature of Hong Kong’s continuing turmoil. When so many minds have been poisoned by an aggressive faith in a false god, it is hard to be optimistic about a community. That’s especially so when most of the believers remain wilfully ignorant about realities in their motherland, as well as about Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Instead, they grasp tightly China’s image as the repressive ogre depicted by the omnipresent Western propaganda machinery and their anti-Beijing peers and mentors in the special administrative region.

The conflict in Hong Kong is in fact a microcosm of the one the world will be facing in the decades ahead. Led by the United States, the Western Empire is pushing countries to choose between itself and China - the Western way or the Chinese way. That is not a choice Beijing is obliging anyone to make, however.

Alert, forward-looking individuals and nations can see that the predatory, zero-sum paradigm of the Western Empire is headed for the dustbin of history. For Hong Kong as for all humanity, the only viable way forward in the 21st century is peace, mutual understanding and cooperation, and win-win. China is blazing that particular path.

Note: Thomas Hon Wing Polin is a former senior editor at the international newsweekly Asiaweek (English) and founding editor of Yazhou Zhoukan (Chinese). The above article was posted at CounterPunch.

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  1. 2 Responses to “HONG KONG’S CRISIS AS MICROCOSM OF THE WORLD’S FUTURE”

  2. It is about time that Mr Polin shut his gob up as he does not know anything about Hong Kong except deep down I believe he is paid by the Chinese government to say things negative about the movement. So far, has the government responded to people’s requests? Nothing. They have no idea what they are criticizing about. They don’t llike different opinions and as some people say, they just want to remain aloof. Typical communist ideology!
    We people who are from Hong Kong do not need someone like this Thomas Polin to talk rubbish and claim to be experts. Shame on him!

    By Bert Jansch on Aug 8, 2019

  3. This article hits the nail on the head. I feel sorry for the gullible kids who think that smashing up their own city and attacking their own police constitutes “freedom” but they don’t seem to know better.

    By Jon on Aug 14, 2019

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