On September 14, a proposal by the deputies of the National People’s Congress of China turned users on the Weibo social network, one of the largest in China, to make all kinds of sarcastic and indignant comments, reaching more than 64 million entries in a few hours.
The deputies presented At the Fifth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress the deputies proposed “carrying out comprehensive mosquito eradication.”
The purpose is to eliminate malaria and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases.
Internet users responded by asking why the deputies thought the had the “capacity to eliminate all mosquitoes.”
A few only left the comment, “Ridiculous.”
One of the funnier comments read, “Better use forceful nucleic acid (PCR test) to kill mosquitoes.”
Twitter users’ comments fared no better:
“These people have abandoned even the slightest rationality for the sake of climbing higher.”
“The second most politically ignorant generation is in charge of the government. It’s really miserable!”
In a country with the strictest control and censorship measures in the world, where you can go to prison for even a negative comment about the Chinese Communist Party, the fact that internet users have risked giving this kind of opinion says a lot about the image of the CCP at home.
This happened in an environment of extreme tension due to the lockdowns in different cities under the “zero-COVID” policy that the regime is determined to apply, even though the rest of the world abandoned this method as inefficient and of high social and economic cost.
Pride, a characteristic of communism
This is not the first time that the CCP tried to impose its ideas and change the laws of nature.
When Mao Zedong came to power in 1949, the CCP began to copy the policies and methods used by the Soviets. This included the collectivization of land and a crazy way of growing plants promoted by a pseudo-scientist named Trofim Lysenko.
Lysenko believed that plants and seeds could be trained to follow socialist organizational principles. His theory claimed that crops could be “trained” to adapt and produce large yields almost out of nowhere. According to what he called “the law of species life,” seeds will not compete with each other, but cooperate in an almost conscious way, like humans.
This theory, which does not conform to science, but to the Marxist idea of ”molding” the individual, won the support of the Soviet leaders and later Mao.
In practice, they began to sow the seeds very close together, exposing them to different temperatures. They also banned the use of fertilizers and pesticides.
The consequences were catastrophic. There were record crop failures. It was also part of the reason that Ukraine in 1932-1933 suffered a famine known as “Holodomor.” The word means hunger in Ukrainian.
Nearly 10 million people died from a lack of food.
In China, Mao went even further. After implementing the same planting system that failed in the USSR, the “four plagues campaign” began. The goal was to exterminate sparrows, mosquitoes, flies, and rats.
With the idea was that the sparrows eat too much grain, so he mobilized the population to eliminate them. People destroyed their nests, eggs, and chicks. They formed groups and made noise by hitting pots to prevent the birds from resting, causing them to die of exhaustion. About 1 billion sparrows died.
Over time, the Chinese Communist Party understood that sparrows didn’t just eat grains, seeds, and fruit.
After getting rid of the birds, a plague of insects, particularly locusts, arrived to decimate the crops. With no predators to control their population, the number of insects overflowed, eating everything in their path. The crops were drastically affected and the grain harvest collapsed.
There was nothing to eat. People just collapsed in the streets and starved to death. Or worse yet.
Yang Jisheng, who describes this period in his book “Tombstone,” recounts:
“Documents report several thousand cases where people ate other people.”
“Parents ate their own children. Children ate their own parents. And we could not have imagined that there was still grain in the warehouses. At the worst moment, the government was still exporting cereals.”
This combination of absurd and inhuman policies within the campaign of the “Great Leap Forward” planned by Mao, starved between 45 million and 78 million people. History calls it the “Great Chinese Famine” and it occurred between 1958 and 1962.
Against nature and against man
The CCP has always used brutal means to impose what it considers to be “the collective good.”
Deng Xiaoping began in 1979 the most rigorous birth control campaign in history. It was called the “one child policy.”
Couples were prohibited from having more than one child, and if they became pregnant a second time, the mother was forced to abort the baby. Only rare exceptions escaped this rule.
Forced abortions, coercive measures, and the application of heavy fines were used to carry out this policy.
About 400 million children were killed in the womb, and to this are added the deaths of women caused by abortion.
The regime began to relax the one-child policy in 2016, but the damage had already been done.
In 2021 a new campaign began to reverse the decline in the birth rate.
The list of negative consequences in the economic and social sphere is endless. there is a mismatch between the number of men and women, a smaller youth workforce, slower economic growth, an increase in sex trafficking and bride kidnapping.
Steven Mosher, president of Population Research Institute commented, “It is no accident that women in China have the highest suicide rate in the world, not to mention the highest rates of breast cancer, all as a result of having their babies killed in the womb by a state ruthlessly bent on in population control.”
The Communist Party promotes a fighting philosophy that defies heaven, earth, and nature. Mao Zedong said, “Wrestling with heaven is endless joy, fighting with earth is endless joy, and fighting with humanity is endless joy.”
But the Chinese people for millennia have followed a path of integration and harmony with the universe, as Lao Zi in the main book of Taoism “Tao-Te King” wrote, “Man follows the earth, the earth follows the sky, the sky follows the Tao and the Tao follows what is natural.”