拎BNO,是認同香港

(以下這篇文章,源自筆者面書。這篇文章源自關於有熱心網友好心幫手製作BNO申請表格中譯指南,引來另一網友Hans Jürgensmeyer指責唔識英文,唔認同英國,就唔好學人申請BNO,又將這些申請者譏為「港蝗」。以下文章,旨在駁斥其謬論。)

之前既BNO爭議,令筆者看清唔少離地中產既嘴臉。有尐人認為拎BNO而唔識英文,唔認同英國,就等同「港蝗」,唔應該拎「英籍」護照。

首先,BNO只係一種「被閹割的英籍」,係當年英國人為解決香港前途問題,用法律手段專為香港人度身訂造出黎既四不像,目的係防止大量難民湧向英國本土。BNO與其說是「英籍」,不如話係「香港籍」更加貼切。夾硬將「被閹割的英籍」等同「英籍」,本身已是偷換概念,亂搬龍門。

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第二,BNO係一九九七年前香港人被英國政府賦予既身份,係「終身有效」,同識唔識英文,認唔認同英國無關。話要識英文同認同英國先有資格拎BNO,明顯係不知國際法為何物既。做人唔好咁Chinese,人地大英帝國有既係帝國氣度,富有四海,唔會好似某尐小農咁,身在外國,仍滿腦子「愛中國」的思維。人地要既話,就會有入籍試,但BNO係無的。

第三,將拎BNO者稱為「港蝗」,並類比成走去外國入籍攞著數既大陸蝗蟲,又係該位仁兄一貫偷換概念既手法。香港人係被英國統治,透過被殖民既關係取得BNO,係被動; 大陸蝗蟲移民去外國R著數,係主動行為。兩樣咁基本,咁明顯既分別都分唔清,仲好意思學人搞咩「BN(O) 平權運動」?徒然貽笑大方。

第四,香港人如今紛紛拎BNO,係為證明自己係本土香港人,而唔係R著數。以為拎BNO會有著數者,只係果尐天真地以為「BN(O) 平權運動」會成功既天真嬌,又或者本著某種心態移居外地,再以自己既動機出發,以為其他人動機也是一樣既離地中產。

第五,香港人現在紛紛拎BNO,係無選擇之下既選擇(唔好同我講垃圾特區護照係選擇,佢連作為選擇既資格都無)。他朝香港成功獨立既話,本土港人身份得到鑑定之後,自然可以拎到「香港國」護照,而BNO這種雞肋亦將成為歷史遺物。

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第六,若果按果位離地中產既邏輯,台灣果批深綠 – 認為台灣應該獨立建國既人士,係無資格拎中華民國既護照,因為佢地唔認同中華民國。深綠認同既係尚未存在既「台灣共和國」,而中華民國既憲法同體制既來源係大陸時期既中華民國,憲法包含既領土係中共加台灣全境再加上部份被佔領的土地。

好明顯,若依照果位仁兄既邏輯,台獨份子係台灣正式正名立國,有自己既護照前,係無資格申請中華民國護照。按果位仁兄既講法,係寧願stateless,都要放棄中華民國護照。

將以上例子既深錄換成本土港人,將中華民國換成英國,你就會看到其邏輯的荒謬性。

第七,與其浪費時間精力係「BN(O) 平權運動」,不如獨立建國或自治。所謂爭取BN(O) 平權,講到尾,都係念念不忘外國既居留權,諗住一旦有事,就可以遠走他方,做個離地中產。世間無樂土,唯有本土尋,呢個係本土派同離地中產既最大分別。

第八,客觀黎講,「BN(O) 平權運動」係幫左中共一把。中共現行對港政策就係人口換血,種族清洗。以前中共吞併香港之前為左面子,亦因為無左香港人既合作,中共係無法接受香港這個現代城巿,故當年對居英權大力反對。時而世易,中共如今有信心用自己人駕馭這個現代城巿,所以本土港人自願離港,中共肯定樂不可支。

第九,對於本土運動方面,「BN(O) 平權運動」係抽緊本土運動後腳。香港如今既態勢,係已經去到要置諸死地而後生既地步。一支哀兵要打勝仗,就要將僅於既糧草焚毀,將退路的橋樑燒斷。平權運動徒然令香港人心存僥倖,削弱抵抗意志。

第十,咁當然,若果你拎BNO既目的係為左拎BC既話,咁果位仁兄講既野就係正確,亦只係響呢個情況之下,佢既講法係正確。咁就唔該你努力學習當地文化,同自己既前半生講聲byebye,盡力融入當地既社會,唔好比人譏為「港蝗」。

最後,一個遠走他方,早已取得外國居留權的人,請多花時間心力,融入外國社會,無謂浪謂時間走上FB用中文同原居地既人拉關係,咁樣做,就好似踎係唐人街既中國移民,好小農,好Chinese囉。忘記你既前半生,唔好再諗咁多原居地既事。免得好似《伊索寓言》裡面隻蝙蝠咁,豬八戒照鏡,裡外不是人。香港人既事,就等留係香港既本土香港人自己解決。離地中產和本土香港人,本來就係道不同,不相為謀。

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Characteristics of Chinese-style Education

Lack of Logic

I always find it surprising that the Chinese students studying humanities receive no education on logic.

Division of arts stream and science stream is an odd thing. Arts stream students do not study logic, while science stream students do not student history. The output is therefore skilled workers, but no intellectuals.

The weakness of Chinese in thinking is due to their superstitions in Classics. Even when you make an illogical statement, if you can quote something from the Classics to support your statement, many people dare not to criticize your words. While facing the authority of the Classics, be it real or fake, people just have no guts to challenge it.

That is the reason why illogical statements are so prevalent in the Chinese society. Chinese education in humanities discourages the study of logics Those who work on history and social issues in most of their lives receive no logic education. These people use the word “logic” in a causal way. They just label the word “logical” on the statements which is correct from their personal view. Such education system must be reformed.

That is why there are so many tedious and long articles in our Chinese society full of circular reasoning.

We always blame on the foolishness of the mass, and say that is the reason why they need to be ruled. However, our education system never focuses on turning the foolish people into clever ones.

Logic is not something that complicated. There are only few major rules. Chinese people have so much time to spend on educating students to love the ruling party and to love the country, but find no time to teach those few rules. Isn’t it ironic?

We always say that the politicians are shameless. Then why the people are always fooled by the shameless politicians, but are never convinced by those with shame?

Those who have shame will tell you something you don’t like to listen. Those shameless will try to tell you that the society will become more stable and prosperous, the future economy will just be good, the future prospect will just be great, and so on.

To a certain extent, the presence of numerous shameless politicians is due to the fact that people prefer them. People just can’t live without these guys.

Many belong to the group who has vested interests often lack of logics They just don’t know how to teach their children. Even they themselves are aware of their chaotic minds, they still don’t know how to deal with it.

Under this kind of education system, even the top rulers will become foolish.

We are just not used to think logically. In fact, logic is never taught in schools. Logic should be a part of moral education. I think logic should be taught at the early stage of life as a part of elementary education. This is the knowledge for people to judge what is right and wrong, what is real and fake. This is as important as the learning of language and writing.

Lack of Rewards to Hard workers

The change in socio-economic factors and the lack of opportunities of career development are the indirect causes to the present problems in education. What wait for a hardworking person with good virtue is not opportunity, but belittlement and helplessness. This society is rewarding those who are selfish but “smart” persons, while punishing who work hard with sweat and toil. This is also reflected in the minds of the students. Hardworking students are sometimes regarded as guys leading a hard life with nothing to envy.

Demeaning the Value of an Individual

Our culture discourages us from admiring an individual. A cleaner working hard to clean the streets gets no recognition. A scholar who makes achievements in academics gets no recognition. A programmer who can write good programs gets no recognition. Our culture teaches us to pick on the trivial matters of those who make achievements. If nothing can be picked on, that guy must be a hypocrite.

When we witness somebody making achievements, our society is keen on finding reasons to prove that “he is just an average guy with nothing great”. When we witness the failures of others, our society will celebrate on it. You will hear people say “he deserves it by taking risks”.

At the end of the day, we admire no one; we do not appreciate any ideals. What remain with us is no more than fear and the desire to acquire more. What we worship is nothing but the pure and undeniable power: may it be violence, power or money. We deny all other values except these three.

Encouraging Collectivism

Chinese people do not emphasize on the education of the sense of belongings. The sense of belongings is being neglected in different aspects of government policies. The policies are often lack of tolerance. Our education policies even serve to suppress the nurturing of the sense of belongings.

For example, self-motivated supports from students are not encouraged for inter-school competitions. Some schools neglect them, while some others make support compulsory (that is, to organize students to support and make it a compulsory activity), either of these is no good to build up the sense of belongings.

Besides, the absence of mother tongues in education (which is common to mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Among the three, it seems the situation for Hong Kong is better). This leads to the lack of identity of the students to their mother tongues. This also makes students to regard the language used in teaching as a more superior tongue (e.g. Mandarin or English), and to regard their mother tongues as something secondary, or no more than a dialect. This nurtures a mindset regarding foreign culture (usually the language used for teaching) as superior.

Demeaning the value of mother tongue and regarding it as the barrier to communication lead to more conflicts of values. This curbs the build-up of the sense of belongings. The sense of belongings is in itself exclusive: when you attach yourself to a certain identity, it necessarily weakens your sense of belongings to the others. Let everyone to have something unique to him, and to recognize it, is an important factor to nurture the sense of belongings. However, the Chinese society is repulsive to this kind of view.

It is quite apparent that our education is encouraging collectivism than respecting individual differences. We always want our children to be the same as the others. We don’t wish them to become unique or having a strong character. Likewise, we don’t wish our children to be different to the others in culture or language. This kind of education produces a group of people lacking of the sense of belongings. A very common example: we would force our left-hander child to become a right-hander.

This kind of teaching of course strangles any sense of belongings. Under this kind of education, the “self” has been strangled. An individual is nothing more than a member of a group. Of course, this doesn’t mean that all will solidarize under the group. This only nurtures a group of individuals who assume the authority of the group as his own, a group of individuals who wish to profit from the achievement of the group.

英美強勢介入 本土乘風而起

(原載於熱血時報)

梁振英上台以來的種種動作,將香港社會矛盾不斷加熱,令香港變成民怨漸近爆發邊緣的壓力煲,再加上香港政治制度變革逼在眉睫,佔領中環激起的輿論戰和肢體衝突,在香港的政治天氣圖上空,已形成山雨欲來的悶熱低熱壓。低熱壓增強,必然引來急風暴雨來襲。中共在香港倒行逆施而形成的低熱壓,終引來英美勢力如颱風般以千鈞之勢高調介入。夏千福近日刮起的政治旋風,已引起香港到北京共黨勢力不小的騷動。

冷熱氣流之間相互砥礪,搏擊消耗殆盡,是天地之間自我調節的自然之道。長期暑熱的高溫,必然有颱風暴雨作為調節,為大地降溫,為眾生帶來甘霖,此天地造化也。人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然。政治人事之道,亦暗合天地自然法則。

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英美雖然強勢介入,但其著眼的,始終是在西太平洋的戰略利益和在香港的商業利益。一旦香港普選方案塵埃落定,相信英美兩國的態度將會轉趨低調。這段時間是本土派壯大力量的絕佳機會。多得香港本土志士近兩年的奮鬥,本土港人的聲音終於得到英美兩國官員的正視。種種迹像顯示,兩國有機會更換在港的代理人。看看美領事夏千福頻頻食蛋撻,訪老店,臨古廟,英大臣施威爾出文章,都是具象徵性的表態。他們正在等待香港人的回應,好讓兩國能在香港事務上有更大發言權。本土勢力,正好乘風而起。

刻下的主要問題有二︰一是本土勢力仍未進佔香港政治主流,二是本土派正面臨成立具體組織與否的兩難。對於第一個問題,目前本土派論述的接觸面大致上已觸及大眾層面,由於港中衝突觸及底層民眾生活,一般人提及「強國人」口中總不無嘲諷之意,證明本土意識的種籽已經萌芽。數年前討論港獨仍然是禁忌,如今不少香港人都開始探討各種可能性。但本土大業的主要阻礙,仍然係老一輩既得利益離地資產階級、和理非非和左膠組成的非神聖同盟,再加上主流媒體的刻意封殺和港共政權的打壓。英美兩國的東風,正好適逢其會,可堪借用。

對於第一個問題︰本土派在行動上,一則要昅實佔中,防止民主黨再次出賣港人﹔二則要在人口政策議題(單程證配額、輸入內地人材、雙非等)和土地發展議題(如新界東北)上搶奪更大話語權,令本土派觀點得以入屋。第二個問題,由於旗幟鮮明的本土派政黨組織仍付厥如(暫只有熱血公民和毛范具備某些條件),英美在實質接觸本土勢力時會有困難﹔但另一方面有實質組織又容易被中共統戰。然而這兩個問題,是可以解決的。本土運動的蜂起,靠的不是個別政黨的宣傳或個別學者的呼籲,而是實實在在的人心思變。骨牌已經推動,本土化的潮流銳不可擋,先賢謂︰「得道者多助」,信焉。

The Six Wars to be fought by China in the coming 50 years

(This article is the English translation from an article in Wenweipo, a pro-Communist media, published on 8th July 2013, under the title of 中國未來50年裡必打的六場戰爭, which. From translator’s point of view, despite of its naivety, this article is quite a good portrait of modern Chinese Imperialism):

China is not yet a unified great power. This is a humiliation to the Chinese people, a shame to the children of the Yellow Emperor. For the sake of national unification and dignity, China has to fight six wars in the coming fifty years. Some are regional wars; the others may be total wars. No matter what is the nature, each one of them is inevitable for Chinese unification.

The 1st War: Unification of Taiwan (Year 2020 to 2025)

Though we are enjoying peace on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, we should not daydream a resolution of peaceful unification from Taiwan administration (no matter it is Chinese Nationalist Party or Democratic Progressive Party). Peaceful unification does not fit their interests while running for elections. Their stance is therefore to keep to status quo (which is favourable to the both parties, each of them can get more bargaining chips) For Taiwan, “independence” is just a mouth talk than a formal declaration, while “unification” is just an issue for negotiation than for real action. The current situation of Taiwan is the source of anxiety to China, since everyone can take the chance to bargain more from China.

China must work out a strategy to unify Taiwan within the next ten years, that is, by 2020. By then, China will have to send an ultimatum to Taiwan, demanding the Taiwanese to choose the resolution of peaceful unification (the most preferred epilogue for the Chinese) or war (an option forced to be so) by 2025. For the purpose of unification, China has to make preparation three to five years earlier. So when the time comes, the Chinese government must act on either option, to give a final answer to the problem.

From the analysis of the current situation, Taiwan is expected to be defiant towards unification, so military action will be the only solution. This war of unification will be the first war under the sense of modern warfare since the establishment of the “New China”. This war will be a test to the development of the People’s Liberation Army in modern warfare. China may win this war easily, or it may turn out to be a difficult one. All depend on the level of intervention of the U.S. and Japan. If the U.S. and Japan play active roles in aiding Taiwan, or even make offensives into Chinese mainland, the war must become a difficult and prolonged total war. On the other hand, if the U.S. and Japan just watch and see, the Chinese army can easily defeat the Taiwanese. In this case, Taiwan can be under control within three months. Even if the U.S. and Japan step in in this stage, the war can be finished within six months.

The 2nd War: “Reconquest” of Spratly Islands (Year 2025 to 2030)

After unification of Taiwan, China will take a rest for two years. During the period of recovery, China will send the ultimatum to countries surrounding the Islands with the deadline of 2028. The countries having disputes on the sovereignty of Islands can negotiate with China on preserving their shares of investments in these Islands by giving up their territorial claims. If not, once China declares war on them, their investments and economic benefits will be taken over by China.

At this moment, the South East Asian countries are already shivering with Chinese military unification of Taiwan. On one hand, they will be sitting by the negotiation table, yet they are reluctant to give up their interests in the Islands. Therefore, they will be taking the wait-and-see attitude and keep delaying to make final decision. They will not decide whether to make peace or go into war until China takes any firm actions. The map below shows the situation of territorial claims over the Spratly Islands. (Map omitted)

Besides, the U.S. will not just sit and watch China “reconquesting” the Islands. In the 1st war mentioned above, the U.S. may be too late to join the war, or simply unable to stop China from reunifying Taiwan. This should be enough to teach the U.S. a lesson not to confront too openly with China. Still, the U.S. will aid those South East Asian countries, such as Vietnam and the Philippines, under the table. Among the countries surrounding the South China Sea, only Vietnam and the Philippines dare to challenge China’s domination. Still, they will think twice before going into war with China, unless they fail on the negotiation table, and are sure they can gain military support from the U.S.

The best option for China is to attack Vietnam, since Vietnam is the most powerful country in the region. Beating Vietnam can intimidate the rest. While the war with Vietnam goes on, other countries will not move. If Vietnam loses, others will hand their islands back to China. If the opposite, they will declare war on China.

Of course, China will beat Vietnam and take over all the islands. When Vietnam loses the war and its islands, others countries, intimidated by Chinese military power, yet still with greediness to keep their interests, will negotiate with China, returning the islands and declaring allegiance to China. So China can build the ports and place troops on these islands, extending its influence into the Pacific Ocean.

Up till now, China has made a thorough breakthrough of the First Island Chain and infiltrated the Second one, Chinese aircraft carrier can have free access into the Pacific Ocean, safeguarding its own interests.

The 3rd War: “Reconquest” of Southern Tibet (Year 2035 to 2040)

China and India share a long border, but the only sparking point of conflicts between the two countries is only the part of Southern Tibet. China has long been the imaginary enemy of India. The military objective of India is to surpass China. India aims to achieve this by self-development and importing advanced military technologies and weapons from the U.S, Russia and Europe, chasing closely to China in its economic and military development.

In India, the official and media attitude is more friendly towards the U.S, Russia and Europe, and is repellent or even hostile against China. This leads to unresolvable conflicts with China. On the other hand, India values itself highly with the aids from the U.S, Russia and Europe, thinking it can beat China in wars. This is also the reason of long lasting land disputes.

Twenty years later, although India will lag behind more compared to China in military power, yet it is still one of the few world powers. If China uses military force to conquer Southern Tibet, it has to bear some losses. In my opinion, the best strategy for China is to incite the disintegration of India. By dividing into several countries, India will have no power to cope with China.

Of course, such plan may fail. But China should at least try its best to incite Assam province and once conquered Sikkim to gain independence, in order to weaken the power of India. This is the best strategy.

The second best plan is to export advanced weapons to Pakistan, helping Pakistan to conquer Southern Kashmir region in 2035 and to achieve its unification. While India and Pakistan are busy fighting against each other, China should take a Blitz to conquer Southern Tibet, at the time occupied by India.

India will not be able to fight a two front war, and is deemed to lose both. China can retake Southern Tibet easily, while Pakistan can control the whole Kashmir. If this plan cannot be adopted, the worst case is direct military action to take back Southern Tibet.

After the first two wars, China has rested for around ten years, and has become a world power both in terms of military and economy. There will only be the U.S. and Europe (on the condition that it becomes a united country. If not, this will be replaced by Russia. But from my point of view, European integration is quite probable) able to cope with China in the top three list in world power.

After taking back Taiwan and Spratly Islands, China has great leap forward in its military power in army, navy, air force and space warfare. China will be on the leading role in its military power, may be only second to the U.S. Therefore, India will lose this war.

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The 4th War: “Reconquest” of Diaoyu Island and Ryukyu Islands (Year 2040 to 2045)

In the mid-21st century, China emerges as the real world power, accompanied with the decline of Japan and Russia, stagnant U.S. and India and the rise of Central Europe. That will be the best time for China to take back Diaoyu Island and Ryukyu Islands. The map below is the contrast between ancient and recent Diaoyu Island and Ryukyu Islands (map omitted).

Many people may know that Diaoyu Island is the land of China since the ancient times, but have no idea that the Japanese annexed Ryukyu Island (currently named as Okinawa, with U.S. military base). The society and the government of China is misled by the Japanese while they are discussing on the issues of the East China Sea, such as the “middle-line” set by the Japanese or “Okinawa issue” (Ryukyu Islands in Chinese), by coming to think that Ryukyu Islands are the ancient lands of Japan.

What a shame for such ignorance! From the historical records of Chinese, Ryukyu and other countries (including Japan), Ryukyu has long been the vassal states of China since ancient times, which means the islands are the lands of China. In this case, is the “middle line” set by Japan in the East China Sea justified? Does Japan have anything to do with the East China Sea? (Those who have no idea in these details may refer to “Ryukyu: An indispensable part of China since the ancient times” written by me)

The Japanese has robbed our wealth and resources in the East China Sea and unlawfully occupied Diaoyu Island and Ryukyu Islands for many years, the time will come that they have to pay back. At that time, we can expect that the U.S. will be willing to intervene but has weakened; Europe will keep silent; Russia will sit and watch the fight. The war can end within half of a year with overwhelming victory of China. Japan will have no choice but to return Diaoyu Island and Ryukyu Islands to China. East China Sea becomes the inner lake of China. Who dare to put a finger on it?

The 5th War: Unification of Outer Mongolia (Year 2045 to 2050)

Though there are advocates for reunification of Outer Mongolia at the moment, is this idea realistic? Those unrealistic guys in China are just fooling themselves and making a mistake in strategic thinking. This is just no good to the great work of unification of Outer Mongolia.

After taking Taiwan, we should base our territorial claims on the constitution and domain of the Republic of China (some people may raise a question here: why should we base our claims on the constitution and domain of the Republic of China? In such case, isn’t the People’s Republic of China being annexed by the Republic of China? This is a total bullshit. I will say: the People’s Republic of China is China; the Republic of China is China too. As a Chinese, I only believe that unification means power. The way which can protect the Chinese best from foreign aggression is the best way to the Chinese people.

We also need to know that the People’s Republic of China recognizes the independence of Outer Mongolia. Using the constitution and domain of the People’s Republic of China to unify Outer Mongolia is naked aggression. We can only have legitimate cause to military action using the constitution and domain of the Republic of China. What’s more, it is the case after Taiwan being taken over by China. So isn’t it meaningless to argue which entity being unified?). China should raise the issue of unification with Outer Mongolia, and to take propaganda campaigns inside Outer Mongolia. China should also pick the groups advocating the unification, aiding them to take over key posts in their government, and to proclaim Outer Mongolia as the core interests of China upon the settlement of Southern Tibet issue by 2040.

If Outer Mongolia can return to China peacefully, it is the best result of course; but if China meets foreign intervention or resistance, China should be prepared to take military action. Taiwan model can be useful in this case: giving an ultimatum with deadline in the Year 2045. Let Outer Mongolia to consider the case for few years. If they refuse the offer, then military action takes off.

In this moment, the previous four wars have been settles. China has the political, military and diplomatic power to unify Outer Mongolia. The weakened U.S. and Russia dare not to get involved except diplomatic protests; Europe will take a vague role; while India, Africa and Central Asian countries will remain silent. China can dominate Outer Mongolia within three years’ time. After the unification, China will place heavy troops on frontier to monitor Russia. China will take ten years to build up elemental and military infrastructure to prepare for the claim of territorial loss from Russia.

The 6th War: Taking back of lands lost to Russia (Year 2055 to 2060)

The current Sino-Russian relationship seems to be a good one, which is actually a result of no better choice facing the U.S. In reality, the two countries are meticulously monitoring the each other. Russia fears the rise of China threaten its power; while China never forgets the lands lost to Russia. When the chance comes, China will take back the lands lost.

After the victories of the previous five wars by 2050, China will make territorial claims based on the domain of Qing Dynasty (similar way by making use of the domain of the Republic of China to unify Outer Mongolia) and to make propaganda campaigns favoring such claims. Efforts should also be made to disintegrate Russia again.

In the days of “Old China”, Russia has occupied around one hundred and sixty million square kilometre of lands, equivalent to one-sixth of the landmass of current domain of China. Russia is therefore the bitter enemy of China. After the victories of previous five wars, it is the time to make Russians pay their price.

There must be a war with Russia. Though at that time, China has become an advanced power in navy, army, air and space forces, it is nevertheless the first war against a nuclear power. Therefore, China should be well prepared in nuclear weapons, such as the nuclear power to strike Russia from the front stage to the end. When the Chinese army deprives the Russians’ ability to counter strike, they will come to realize that they can no longer match China in the battlefield. They can do nothing but to hand over their occupied lands and to pay a heavy price to their invasions in the past time.

Chinese View on Elderly Life

Most people desire for a sense of security. To breed is to feel secure. In a society where everybody concerns himself only, you cannot rely on anyone else when you need help, except your family members. The more the society is like this, the higher importance people place on breeding.

It is not about the sense of identity, it is about the sense of security. To put it in a simple way: it is a question that when you get old, who can take care of you. Of course, even you have children, it doesn’t mean that they must have filial piety. But if you have none, you are prone to the risk of facing death only by yourself.

I do not have much idea about the quality of the elderly houses in the United States, but my impression on Chinese elderly houses is not very positive. What’s more, elderly houses have to be backed up by a sophisticated social security system, which is virtually absent in our society.

The concept of taking care of the elderly is more affected by social-political structure than demographic factors. Social security system for the elderly can only be found in the societies with sophisticated civil society. As our society is more like a medieval society, we can only rely on our children. It has nothing to do with population: the population in the medieval society was only half compared to the present time, but the condition was roughly the same.

Chinese mindset still places top priority on social order and stability, so I can see no hope that we can escape from such vicious cycle. It is an inconvenient truth that in our society, those who do not breed hard will end up living a miserable life in their last years. Our society is just unprepared for the impact of declining rate of birth.

From individual perspective, it is absolutely rational to choose to give birth. This is a private way to solve the problem. With the absence of social security for elderly, individuals prepare their later lives for themselves.

Population Ageing

Population ageing pushes the society to place more resources on assets (interests), culture (institutional value of knowledge) and society security (redistribution) to maintain the lives of increasing number of elderlies. With the pressure of population ageing and redistribution of resources, there will be more conflicts. Such conflicts and debates on these social issues are normal side effects of such development. Any efforts to cover up such conflicts only delay and worsen the outbreak of the problem.

Increasing social pressure is inevitable with ageing population. For example, when more elderlies rely on assets to pay for their lives, it leads to the increase of property prices; relying on culture to spend their time leads to the growth of native language and localism; reliance on social security system spurs political reforms and struggles for civil rights. The current social issues in Chinese society are the results of population ageing.

If human society is not making advances and breakthroughs, it will collapse when some critical point is reached. We have seen enough cycles in the conflicts between the rich and poor, land reform, etc.

Since we have no social protection, we need to save money. When we have enough saving, we fear that it will be diluted by inflation. Therefore, we must buy something to keep its value. To keep the value, we buy real estates, as nothing is more secure in maintaining its purchasing power than buying properties. We are working hard to accumulate assets, as we are anxious about our future, and the economy. In our society, no one, including the government, can guarantee for our living.

Transfer of benefits by purchasing enormous amount of properties, of course, can protect the future of the big families. However, humans should be protected by the society and their country, not by their families. If someone can get protection as he is someone with prominent background, while those who have none get no protection, then the function of the country is not a complete one.

Elderly Policy of Authoritative Government

To an authoritative government, elderly problem is not a problem at all. When you are old enough and with few children, even you come to find problems in maintaining your elderly life and feel discontented with the government, what can you do against it? You have no money, no energy and no youth to do anything.

What can a group of old people do against the government? Violent struggles? Strikes? Unfortunately, they cannot do anything. In another way, a democratic society will favour the old people more (as they have more votes). The economy will be suffocated by the medical expenses – the most important form of social security. This is an inevitable situation.

To an authoritative government, the only thing it needs to do is not to think about taking care of the elderly. Then there will be no problem. That’s why I think the promise made by authoritative government on retirement life is a hoax.

This is a realistic and foreseeable problem. Do the emperors need pensions?

This has nothing to do with democracy. Try to think why the totalitarian states will end up in some forms of gerontocracy? The answer is quite simple: the old men have to protect themselves by grasping the power in their hands.

Democracy protects all the old people. Authoritative government protects a minority of them, and their children. This is the only difference. In other words, the old men of the authoritative government are greedier.

Conditions of Social Security for Elderly

The current prevalent concept of the West is to let the society to take care the elderly.

That is to say, taking care of the elderly is the common responsibility of the society. There are many factors which make individual efforts in taking care of elderly vulnerable. For instance, you have two children. They are clever, with good manners and social status. One day, both of them died in a car accident. This perishes the individual retirement plan.

Investing in assets is no better. To make investments, first you must be able to take bank mortgage in order to buy the real estates. However, economic and financial fluctuations can make you lose of job, your ability of repaying the mortgage and the value of the asset. You may lose everything. In this case, your retirement plan by relying on property goes bankrupt. Simply working hard on your job does not solve the problem. What’s more, increasing rent and property prices resulted from reliance on assets for retirement, will destroy other sectors of the economy.

So the current prevalent view is to nurture the society as a public asset, and to let the society to pay for the elderlies of their later lives. That is to say, by nurturing the technologies, ethics and systems of the society, it will be able to support the lives of the old people.

四十大盜 賊佬再試沙煲

阿里巴巴試圖申請再度在香港上巿,而集團董事會主席兼創辦人馬雲為保他本人在上巿公司的控制權,苦心孤詣地設計了一套「合夥人制度」,並向香港證監會發出最後通諜,要求證監會接受這個在世界各主要證券巿場皆無先例的奇怪制度。據馬雲所講,阿里巴巴的合伙人共有二十八名,這套制度己經實行了三年,行之有效。

所謂的「合夥人制度」,就是類似香港特首選舉的提名委員會。這批合夥人來自公司的管理層,董事提名權就掌握在這批人手中,而一般股民則對公司董事任命無從置喙,即是有樣學樣,將政治中小圈子選舉的方法套用到公司管理上。證諸世界各地證券巿場,並無此等自創的「合夥人制度」,較為類似的是以往曾在香港及歐美股巿實行過的AB股制度,然而由於企業管治呼聲的興起及AB股引至股權過度集中,間接導致巨企出事後,AB股制度已漸趨式微。

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對於「合夥人制度」引發的爭議,馬雲指「不在乎在哪裡上市,但稱未來集團上市地應支持公司這種開放、創新、承擔責任的文化。」對此筆者非常好奇,以往阿里巴巴私有化前在香港上巿的時候,開放過甚麼,又承擔過什麼責任?筆者翻查資料,阿里巴巴帶給股民們的記憶,似乎只是個打劫小股東的大盜,留給股民的,是一殼殼的眼淚。二零零七年上巿時以高價招股,及後遇上金融海嘯及生意麻麻,股價一落千丈。直到去年私有化則以當年招股價買番小股東手上股票,股評人胡孟青還曾破口大罵

馬雲將其公司命名為「阿里巴巴」,取這名字倒是沒錯,物似主人形,匪氣十足。雖然馬雲被譽為中國一代企業家和財技高超的金融才俊,他講的那句「我們不在乎在哪裡上市」,是不是有點似曾相識?

香港不是中央政府照顧你們香港完蛋了

所以,阿里巴巴再度在香港上巿是照顧你們香港人,是給你們香港人送禮,要不是阿里巴巴的開放和創新,你們香港早就完蛋了。阿里巴巴零七年照顧了你們香港人一次,現在還要承擔責任,再一次照顧你們。

這就是典型的中國式傲慢。阿里巴巴零七年巿況最旺時上巿,以高價向小股東籌得大量資金,復於去年以高超財技低價收購小股民手上的股票,從而刀仔鋸大樹,將公司私有化。馬雲幾百億身家,還不是踩在眾多香港小股民的枯骨之上?無視國際金融巿場的規章制度,對企業管治日趨嚴格的要求,一副暴發戶式施捨乞衣的嘴臉,這種佔了便宜又賣乖的論調,近幾年來無日無之,相信讀者們早已經聽到厭。

上海建設國際金融中心的步伐要追上香港,最快捷的辦法,當然不是加速上海金融巿場的開放,而係撬香港的牆腳。證監會聽到「芝麻開門」的咒語想要開門之前,記得先看清楚喊話的,究竟是阿里巴巴,還是四十大盜。

(利申︰零七年阿里巴巴初次上巿,筆者以招股價抽得一手新股,持貨數月後賣出)

「新香港人」,你們不是香港人,是侵略者

(原載於熱血時報)

筆者童年時,偶爾獨個閒極無聊,會在腦中作些腦交戰左右互搏式哲學思辯。經常琢磨的一條問題是「既然今日的自己和昨日的自己總是有點不同,那麼今日的我和昨日的我,還是同一個我嗎?」到再大一點有能力閱讀入門哲學書籍,發現那條問題在古希臘已有哲學家以悖論的形式提出過,稱為「忒修斯之船」︰

忒修斯與雅典的年輕人們自克里特島歸還時所搭的三十槳船被雅典的人留下來做為紀念碑,隨著時間過去;木材也逐漸腐朽,而雅典的人便會更換新的木頭來替代。最後,該船的每根木頭都被換過了;因此,古希臘的哲學家們就開始問著:「這艘船還是原本的那艘忒修斯之船嗎?如果是,但它已經沒有最初的任何一根木頭了;如果不是,那它是從什麼時候不是的?」

這類哲學思辯在風花雪月,把酒談歡時,固能作為談資以助雅興,以壯酒量,問題有無結論,都無傷大雅。但落實到現實的政治事務中,能否解答這個問題,牽涉到一個城巿的命運。

中共在香港,正在建造山寨版的「忒修斯之船」。「忒修斯之船」,換的是木材﹔香港的「忒修斯之船」,換的是人口。當然,中共試圖用以替換槳船的木材,是劣質次貨﹔這艘換過木材的船一旦出港,註定是要沉沒的。

中共在香港造山寨版「忒修斯之船」,所用的,就是其文宣喉舌近日大力催谷的新詞︰「新香港人」。按《大公報》的講法,「香港發展需要新香港人,這是因為香港百多年前開埠,從一個小漁村發展成繁華都市,大量的人口及人才的出現是外來移民,正是不同時期不斷進入香港的這些『新香港人』,成為推動香港都市發展的力量。」中共喉舌提及香港是移民城巿之目的,是力圖製造假象,掩蓋九七前後的外來移民,並非同一批木材的事實。一旦港人不察,誤墮中共的語言幻術,任由中共以「新香港人」進行換血,香港這艘船,只怕未航至南澳以南,業已沉沒。

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《詩》曰:「周雖舊邦,其命維新」。《詩經》中「新」的動力,是從舊的主體而來,是有機的自然發展。香港的本體雖係開埠一百七十多年,歷史悠久的城邦,但其承載的昭昭天命,則是主權移交之後,香港本土志士目睹中共政權及其國民無可救藥,倏然覺醒,從而遽然奮起,荷擔在肩的族群決志。香港的昭昭天命,也是從它深厚的歷史文化沉積而來,是自然的,有機的發展。這註定與中共以殖民政策輸入的「新香港人」,先天上互相排斥。

香港社會的主體,沒錯,是由百多年來逃避戰亂和暴政的遺民所構成。只是九七前南來之民,絕大部份均經歷了逃避暴政,追求個體自由的思想洗禮。以往南來的難民,逃難是有風險的︰不單要抛棄故鄉的親友家業,而且一旦逃難失敗,會有遭受嚴懲以至累及親友的風險。這些人作出逃難南來的決定之時,已經用他們的身家性命作出了他們的選擇。所以這批人來到香港,即使只將自己視作這裡的過客,亦會努力融入本地文化,構成香港社會的文化主體。這些人都是構成香港這艘船的上等木材。

至於中共喉舌落力催谷的新詞 ― 「新香港人」,又是甚麼呢?熟讀中共史的人都會發現,被中共冠以「新」這個形容詞的,絕對不是甚麼好東西。中共奪取政權後,以「新中國」自居,宣稱要建設「新社會」,消滅「舊社會」。六十多年來,中共治下的「新中國」碩果纍纍,世人當然有目共睹 ― 一個道德淪喪,綱紀無存,上貪下腐,還好意思在世人面前誇耀自己如何強大的大國。「新中國」,除了統治以往被稱為「中國」的地理版圖外,其文物制度,典章規憲,無一來自文化上的中國。「新中國」的制度和政術,反而是蘇俄血鐮的嫡親。「新中國」者,非中國也。

同理,「新香港人」,與香港無關。他們不是香港人,而是侵略者。所謂「新香港人」,係九七後以親屬關係或各種輸入人材、投資移民等途徑取得香港居民身份的人。這批人來自北方的專政體系,得以南來香港,靠的是金錢、權力和關係,鑽香港文明開放制度的空隙。所以他們對香港文化毫無服膺之情,對於能沐浴於自由之風毫無感激。他們的背後,「拖著一個強大的中共帝國的身影」。這批人先天就與香港本地人和本土文化互相排斥。中共文宣機器硬要將他們與舊移民劃上等號,是混淆視聽。

「新香港人」,不是香港人,與香港毫無關係。他們是大陸人,是蝗蟲,是侵略者。香港這個國際城巿作為有機體,自有自我完善更新的機能,無須北方專政機器擾亂自然的新陳代謝。「新香港人」,請滾回你的祖國,不要玷污「香港」這個高貴的名號。