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China's "human flesh search engine" vigilantes bring down bent officials (telegraph.co.uk)
19 points by dc2k08 on Jan 24, 2009 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments



For the first time in history the answer to the age old question who watches the watchers? might actually turn out to be everyone.

Cool.


And the watchers watch the watch on the watchers...


Yes, Xuzhou (a Chinese prefecture-level city) has moved to prohibit the "human flesh search" ( http://www.chinasmack.com/stories/xuzhou-government-outlaws-... )


I don't think a Communist dictatorship is going to be down with a popular movement aimed at supplanting the government. On the other hand, a popular movement of violent fanatics with just a little discrete encouragement from the right people inside the government -- a speech here, a blind eye towards a beating there, a conveniently unlocked weapons locker yonder -- now that has some potential. It could be a very useful tool for increasing social control and dealing with internal enemies of the ruling clique.

One could go as far to say that this new innovation, never before seen in history, would have a revolutionary effect on the nation's culture.


" a popular movement of violent fanatics with just a little discrete encouragement from the right people inside the government -- a speech here, a blind eye towards a beating there, a conveniently unlocked weapons locker yonder -- now that has some potential." You're describing the chinese cultural revolution as I understand it (admittedly the encouragement was not very discrete)...


You're describing the chinese cultural revolution as I understand it

I was going to capitalize the words Culture and Revolutionary in the last sentence but I thought it might be over the top.


I always find the word 'flesh' a bit strange. In Chinese 'Human Flesh' actually means 'manual'


sometimes direct translations from Chinese are just weird, makes me think of how my Chinese friends use 'forced labor', which sounds scary, but they just mean 'manual labor'




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