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.