只听得懂权力声音的人 – On hearing only powerful voices

内蒙阿拉善盟工业园区化工企业向腾格里沙漠排污的事件,早在9月初,就经媒体曝光。尽管明晃晃的排污大坑摆在哪儿,刺鼻的气味隔多远就能闻见。但是当地的地方官就是百般抵赖,环保局长还宣称,用人格担保,绝无此事。但是,一个月后,国家最高领导批示了,局面为之骤变,遮掩抵赖不见了,内蒙当局,马上开会布置整改,行动之迅捷,令人咋舌。媒体报道,说其实早在四年前,媒体就报道过这个工业园区的企业向沙漠排污的现象,但是,事情居然被压下了。

中国的污染问题严重,群体性事件繁多,强拆事件屡禁不止,司法不公屡见。但是,所有的问题,都得大领导出面才能得到地方的重视。中国有那么一些人,只听得懂权力的声音。对于媒体曝光,他们的担心,也只是这个曝光被领导知道,所以才费心危机公关一下,花钱买个太平。如果吃准了领导不会管,那么就肯定是肆无忌惮,人格担保什么的,都是客气的了。不客气的,派人跨省抓捕,在前些年也是有的。记得有一年,辽宁某县的县委书记,居然派警察进京到法制日报来抓人。

自古以来,中国的官场中人,从来只听得懂权力的声音。因为只有权力的声音,才能福官祸官,让官员飞黄腾达,也让官员阶下为囚。这个权力的声音,只有一个源头,那就是皇帝。除此而外,什么法律,什么舆论,什么道德自律,都是扯淡。行政权力越强,越带有强权性质,它的声音就越是容易被官员们听懂,无需发出明确的指令,放出点风来,下面就会闻风而动。当然,来自其他地方的呼声,也就更容易被遮蔽和忽视。

无论什么时代,一个不能依照制度规则和法律来行事的官场,对于皇帝都是一种灾难。整个国家,每个棋子都得最高权力来移动,你不动,他就乱动,若要天下不乱,只能你来盯死看牢,还要手把手地教他们如何做好,稍一不留神,事情就乱了。如果你疲倦了,懈怠了,那好,上面一个大皇帝,下面众多中皇帝,小皇帝,各自为政,胡作非为,过不了多久,另外的强力声音就会起来,到那时候,上下一起完蛋。

古代稍微明智点的皇帝都知道,天下是天下人的天下,既然如此,就不能只有一个人为这个天下负责。如果有媒体,有民众想要为天下负责,轻则遭遇无视,重则遭到打击,那么,天下就非乱不可。天下兴亡,匹夫有责。这句话喊了几百年了,但匹夫若要有责,非有权不可。如果连问责的权力都没有,天下也就只能亡了。

The issue of Inner Mongolia Alxa league industry park polluting the Tenger desert has already been reported in early September. Even though the obviously polluted big pits are over there, and the penetrating smell is easy to be perceived, local civil services used hundreds of excuses to deny the issue. Environmental protection minister claimed that there is no pollution. However, a month later, the highest leaders of the country already made comments, which led to a sudden change in the situation. Hiding and denying are meaningless. The local government hosted a conference to address the pollution problem. The quick speed of the action surprised everyone. According to the press,the media already reported the pollution of the desert by the company 4 years ago. However, the issue had been pressed down to our surprise.

China has serious pollution problems, a huge amount of group incidents, forced demolitions which are hard to prevent and frequent legal injustice. But none of them is a concern for the local authorities before a high official intervenes. Some people in China understand nothing but the voice of power. Also, the only thing making them worry about media exposure is if this exposure made its way to their bosses, so they bother to deal with some PR crisis to buy peace with money. If they are sure that the boss does not care, nothing can stop them from doing anything. They would “make promises on their honor” if they were polite,and cross-provincial hunting is not unheard of in the past few years if they are not. I still remember that one year a county secretary in Liaoning Province even sent police to Beijing to arrest someone working for the Legal Daily.

Chinese officials struggling in political circles have been hearing only powerful voices from ancient times, because that’s the only voice which can give them both prosperity and disaster. Power can either send them to high places or down to prisons. The only origin of the voice is the emperor; everything else – law, public opinion or self-discipline seems ridiculous. The stronger the power is, the more obvious the totalitarianism is. In this way, the voice becomes more and more understandable to the officials. Even subtle messages can lead to officials’ actions. In contrast, voices from other places can be more easily obscured and ignored.

No matter in which era, a system of official bureaucracy that cannot obey regulations and laws is a disaster for the emperor. In the whole country then, each piece requires the supreme power to more, and if you don’t move them, they move chaotically, and if you don’t want chaos in the world, you can only contemplate death or prison, or you have to teach them one by one how to do good, and for a little moment of inattention, things might fall into chaos. If you’re tired, or slack, then that’s it, over is the great emperor, below is a throng of middle emperors, small emperors, fragmented, abusive, and before long, another strong voice will emerge, and from that time, everyone is finished together.

In ancient times, any emperor with any sense knew that the world is owned by all its habitants. With that being said, there’s no way for any single person to be responsible for this world. Society is bound to sink into chaos if the responsible media and people are ignored or persecuted. The proverb “Everyone is responsible for his country” has been yelled for a few hundred years, but one has to have rights in order to be responsible. Society has no choice but to collapse if the common people have no rights or nobody is accountable to them.

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