I was watching an old favorite, Equilibrium, and from the scene where they are burning "La Gioconda" to the scene of DuPont's voice propagandizing
about man's evil nature when a very brief segment of Tank Man was shown. This led to me pausing the movie and typing this.
All of you should be aware of the iconic photo of "Tank Man." At least I hope so. I'm sure there are some younger people who aren't familiar.
To be clear even those who have seen the photo, and aware of the events in 1989 China, still don't have a clear picture of what exactly happened in
the events of the pro-Democracy protests in the Tianenmen Square. This is due to the fact that they didn't have access to the internet. Everything was
coordinated by word of mouth and paper. The Chinese government censored the event and banned any mention of it. Merely speaking about it can cause a
person to get in trouble and arrested. Therefore, none of the older people are inclined to taok about it. It isn't taught in school, and the 30 and
under crowd are mostly ignorant of their own history.
This was a time when film was still the major medium for photography, where there was no social media. No Instagram, Facebook, Imgur, TikTok, Likee,
Yandex, Periscope, Tango, Livit, Bigo, and no Twitter. The film had to be snuck out of China.
And yet this photo made it around the world:
In truth there are known photos and/or video from five different photographers.
Even so the media has always presented Tank Man's demise uncertain as he stood in front of the approaching. Sometimes they'll will run just enough
footage to see the tanks slowing down.
I was born in the year following the incident and as such I grew up thinking he got ran over. Then, I remember hearing that he didn't get ran over,
but I never saw proof of it until much later.
I want to use this opportunity to show the footage that shows the the entirety of events. The video shows that even with the courage and bravery he
showed by standing in front of the tanks. He actually climbed on top of them and spoke with the soldiers. He then continues to stand in the way of the
tanks before being pulled off.
To this day it's unknown what his fate was. It's most likely that the Chinese government did away with him.
But there is some truth to the tanks running over people.
Fang Zheng wasn't as lucky as he got run over, and had his legs mangled, while trying to save a woman from getting crushed.
He was arrested twice for refusing to refrain from speaking out against his government, and after his second release he left for the US.
The Chinese people's struggle against Communism isn't a new ordeal. The only reason China remains a Communist nation is because of big government, the
ruling party using intimidation, violence, censureship, and social standing to keep people in line.
I wish for the Chinese people to find resolve and the strength needed to dismantle their oppresive government and build a new future for themselves
that is more fair and equal.
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I still remember the events of Tiananmen square, got a lot of media at the time. Started out as a student protest that grew over 4-5 days. The CCP
finally said enough and sent in the troops. Lot of people died.
The story I got about Tank man, he survived the encounter with the tanks. Due to the publicity it got he was high on the wanted list. It took a few
weeks, maybe 2 months at the most until the authorities found and executed him.
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Personally, i remember him getting run down as recently as 2008-2009 or so when we watched the footage again in university and had a big discussion
about the brutality of the chinese government, but false memories and what not.
In my mind I'd say that the politicians and CEOs are on the wrong side of history. They are the ones going against the common citizen. They are the
ones lining their fat pockets with the fruits of our labor.
That sounds mighty close to thinking like a Marxist.
There's a little tid bit of history that tends to get overlooked, that part where the Bolsheviks organized, had an end game goal, and were sticking to
it. When things were starting to run a little too well Lenin and Trotsky had to slow down progression and reinforce the idea of one giant working
class, middle peasants.
Programs were put in place to take urban workers and put them into rural areas to learn how to work fields, and rural workers to work in factories to
learn how to use machines.
When Lenin died, Trotsky was on his own, but greed was building from within the Bolsheviks and former rich land owners and bureaucrats were bribing
guys like Stalin.
The idea of building communism slowly were cut right off when that happened.
This is why communism can never be achieved. Power shifts far too quickly. China hasn't been on the path to communism since Mao lost control. They
aren't even socialist. But they do take into account to what Marx, and other critical thinkers applied to social structures, and make capitalism run
like a well oiled machine.
What's happening in the US isn't the 'left' or communists, trying to subvert the masses to implement some socialist utopia, if that were true then
they haven't done a very good job at 'brain washing' the masses very well now have they?
Corporations, banks, and government are becoming a merged form of government, dictating life through media, advertising, and divide and conquer
tactics. The US is headed more towards fascism than communism.
And nothing you have brought up negates anything I have said.
The majority of people in the US who claim to be Marxist or communist are idiots.
I have spoken out about corporations before.
I have stated in this very thread that communism could be a decent thing at some point in the future, but when people try to implement it and keep it
through violence it doesn't last very long.
Marx himself stated in "Das Kapital" that capitalism leads to socialism.
Marx and Engels never even made a definitive distinction between socialism and communism other than early models of socialism were utopian
I personally believe that even those who hope that through the failure of capitalism to the emergence of a more socialist economy are rooting for a
Marx claimed that at some indeterminate point in the future that communism would get rid of the class system' but that's BS
Communism arose as a reaction to the industrial revolution.
Even if people who claim to be Marxists and communists got their way it wouldn't be forever unless they were able to use force to perpetually keep
people in submission. Communism by violence doesn't lead to freedom. There will always be a group of disenfranchised, angry people.
The wannabe communists are a minority and they're not very well organized. They problem is when they get elected into positions of authority.
I won't disagree that we could very well see a fascist government, but I don't lay the blame solely at the feet of people who call themselves
Republicans or conservatives.
The people on the far left and certain Democrat politicians are doing just as swell of a job leading us towards a fascist state as well.
And as far as your quote goes. I can be against the government, CEOs, the the MIC, and the PIC, and still not agree with Marx, Engels, commie
wannabees, and other people who desire to have authority over me.
The point of my post is exactly what you said... that power shifts no matter what. Communism is something best described as forever becoming, not
Marxs dialectic was pretty straight forward, capitalism and colonialism will spread around the world, fall into crisis over and over and socialism
will take its place. He then points out driving forces behind it as well, alienation of the worker, class warfare, labor theory, and automation were
just a few but the major ones.
Communism was far too prophetic to come to reality. Its like the second coming of Jesus and the anti christ, it might happen one day, but guess what
we will never know until christ himself comes down again... gee great.
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