China under Xi Trigger Warnings Backed by Real Triggers

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China under Xi Trigger Warnings Backed by Real Triggers

Appar­ently George Orwell’s Clas­sic Ani­mal Farm is hit­ting too close to home for the new Com­mu­nist Dic­ta­tor in China:

The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment has banned George Orwell’s dystopian satir­i­cal novella Ani­mal Farm and the let­ter ‘N’ in a wide-​ranging online cen­sor­ship crackdown.

Experts believe the increased lev­els of sup­pres­sion — which come just days after the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party announced pres­i­den­tial term lim­its would be abol­ished — are a sign Xi Jin­ping hopes to become a dic­ta­tor for life.

Because noth­ing hits closer to home to an aspir­ing dic­ta­tor for life then George Orwell which is why 1984 is banned along with Ani­mal Farm.

This is part of a long list of speech China is ban­ning online under Xi to keep dis­sent down, the China Times notes sev­eral other exam­ples, a few:

  • Another 500 Years for Heaven (向天再借五百年) — Theme song for the CCTV series Kangxi Dynasty (康熙王朝), often used by neti­zens to mock lead­ers who grasp for power, par­tic­u­larly the line “I really want to live another 500 years” (我真的还想再活五百年).
  • I’m will­ing to be a veg­e­tar­ian for the rest of my life (信女愿一生吃素) — Allu­sion to a meme inspired by the pop­u­lar his­tor­i­cal drama Empresses in the Palace (甄嬛传). A screen­shot of this line, being said by an empress as she makes the Bud­dhist pledge for life­long veg­e­tar­i­an­ism in return for the immi­nent death of the emperor, has been shared online.
  • Win­nie the Pooh (小熊维尼) — Images of Win­nie the Pooh have been used to mock Xi Jin­pingsince as early as 2013. The ani­mated bear con­tin­ues to be sen­si­tive in China. users shared a post from Disney’s offi­cial account that showed Pooh hug­ging a large pot of honey along with the cap­tion “find the thing you love and stick with it.”

The list even briefly included the let­ter “N” which reminded PJ Media of the Clas­sic Steve Mar­tin Sketch “Hostages” from his album Com­edy is not Pretty where he pro­posed ban­ning the let­ter “M”

I’m sure Thomas Freed­man heart is going pit­ter pat­ter but it’s funny how our friends on the left con­stantly see Trump as a dic­ta­tor a cen­sor or a Hitler but never seem to have an issue with actual dic­ta­tors doing actual cen­sor­ship on a national scale affect­ing almost a full fifth of the world’s population.

I sus­pect that it’s because or left­ist /​Marx­ist /​Pro­gres­sive stu­dents and admin­is­tra­tors under­stand Xi’s efforts and iden­tify with them. I sus­pect the stu­dents who shouted down Christina Hoff Sum­mers at Lewis and Clark Uni­ver­sity or the Antifa Mob that shut down Yaron Brook in Lon­don iden­tify with Xi’s efforts. After all we should not think of this as a repres­sive régime try­ing to sti­fle dis­sent on a national scale to allow a ruth­less dic­ta­tor to obtain power for life, we should think about it as a per­son who is being “trig­gered” by words and phrases meant as Microag­gres­sions against his government.

Of course when you have one of the largest armies in the world to enforce your cen­sor­ship the words “trig­ger warn­ing” take on a whole new meaning.

Clos­ing thought, do not think for one moment that these Leftist/​Marxist/​Progressives would enforce “trig­ger warn­ing” the same way Xi will in China if they weren’t held back by the 1st Amend­ment backed up by the 2nd.


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Apparently George Orwell’s Classic Animal Farm is hitting too close to home for the new Communist Dictator in China:

The Chinese government has banned George Orwell’s dystopian satirical novella Animal Farm and the letter ‘N’ in a wide-ranging online censorship crackdown.

Experts believe the increased levels of suppression – which come just days after the Chinese Communist Party announced presidential term limits would be abolished – are a sign Xi Jinping hopes to become a dictator for life.

Because nothing hits closer to home to an aspiring dictator for life then George Orwell which is why 1984 is banned along with Animal Farm.

This is part of a long list of speech China is banning online under Xi to keep dissent down, the China Times notes several other examples, a few:

  • Another 500 Years for Heaven (向天再借五百年) — Theme song for the CCTV series Kangxi Dynasty (康熙王朝), often used by netizens to mock leaders who grasp for power, particularly the line “I really want to live another 500 years” (我真的还想再活五百年).
  • I’m willing to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life (信女愿一生吃素) — Allusion to a meme inspired by the popular historical drama Empresses in the Palace (甄嬛传). A screenshot of this line, being said by an empress as she makes the Buddhist pledge for lifelong vegetarianism in return for the imminent death of the emperor, has been shared online.
  • Winnie the Pooh (小熊维尼) — Images of Winnie the Pooh have been used to mock Xi Jinpingsince as early as 2013. The animated bear continues to be sensitive in China users shared a post from Disney’s official account that showed Pooh hugging a large pot of honey along with the caption “find the thing you love and stick with it.”

The list even briefly included the letter “N” which reminded PJ Media of the Classic Steve Martin Sketch “Hostages” from his album Comedy is not Pretty where he proposed banning the letter “M”

I’m sure Thomas Freedman heart is going pitter patter but it’s funny how our friends on the left constantly see Trump as a dictator a censor or a Hitler but never seem to have an issue with actual dictators doing actual censorship on a national scale affecting almost a full fifth of the world’s population.

I suspect that it’s because or leftist / Marxist / Progressive students and administrators understand Xi’s efforts and identify with them. I suspect the students who shouted down Christina Hoff Summers at Lewis and Clark University or the Antifa Mob that shut down Yaron Brook in London identify with Xi’s efforts. After all we should not think of this as a repressive regime trying to stifle dissent on a national scale to allow a ruthless dictator to obtain power for life, we should think about it as a person who is being “triggered” by words and phrases meant as Microaggressions against his government.

Of course when you have one of the largest armies in the world to enforce your censorship the words “trigger warning” take on a whole new meaning.

Closing thought, do not think for one moment that these Leftist/Marxist/Progressives would enforce “trigger warning” the same way Xi will in China if they weren’t held back by the 1st Amendment backed up by the 2nd.


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Finally might I suggest my book Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.