The Nanjie myth is now broken. A reporter survey found that as early as three years ago, the “communist” model village had been already quietly privatization with liabilities of more than 1 billion yuan and was on the brink of bankruptcy. However, all this has already occurred, and many villagers are ignorant.
It is said that in November 2004, Nanjie Group quietly diverted shareholding system in the name of “safeguard the stability of the management of the cadre”, and announced the “Equity Incentive Plan” by Wang Hongbin and 13 village cadres. Still claiming to be holding a monthly wage of 250 yuan, village party secretary Wang Hongbin won 9 percent of the stock. The “communism guides”since then gorgeously turned into the “red capitalists.”
We have to say that, the case of Nanjie Village is a reform which completely goes against the current open policy. In fact, to most people, the bankruptcy of Nanjie myth is as early as we expected. 30 years after the reform and open-door policy, although this piece of land is still the soil of idealism, but in our common sense people no longer compliment any “myth.”
On the surface, Nanjie Village showcased an equal world. Every morning, in the melody of “East is Red” villagers go together into factories, and every afternoon in the sound of music “Sea voyage on the teachings of the steersman” they come together out of the factory; They stressed their own collectivism, although they only had a small amount of wages and workers are equally paid as the leaders. From the beginning of the 1990s, with a financial (banking), the Armed Forces (forces, the militia camps, police stations), the judiciary (the court), “the law” ( “villager constitution”), the industrial sector, the agricultural sector settings, such as the “small countries”, Nanjie Village was claiming to be the “Republic of Chairman Mao”, and when Wang was also known to the outsider as “Nanjie's small Chairman Mao.”
George Orwell's “Animal Farm” is recognized as the 20th century's greatest political fable because it elucidates political and human nature. In the happy-go-sad story, the new manors in animal farm are so excited because they have established the “All animals are equal” principle, but, unfortunately, those in power will soon become unrestricted animals in the new privileged class. The above principles had to give way to “all animals are equal, but some are more equal.” These changes can also be vaguely seen in Nanjie Village.
Over the years, “the squad leader” Wang Hongbin has been secretary of the party committee of Nanjie, chairman of Nanjie Corporation and deputy secretary of Linying County. Clearly, in the “Republic”, Wang possesses a unique authority. On this point, the absurd “perpetual motion machine” project has been launched in Nanjie.
Political inequality is the root of many social inequalities. It is apparent that the “red billion village” and the so-called “equality” has been precarious from the outset. Otherwise, in May 2003 when Nanjie director Wang Jinzhong died of a heart attack, how can people in the liquidation of his belongings found 20 million yuan in his office safe and a number of households which are headed by Wang Jinzhong Property card? Having been declared a monthly salary of 250 yuan, how can he get so much money and property? Similarly, when the officials in other parts of China are so agonized about “mistresses uprising”, in the funeral of Wang Jinzhong some mistresses of him holding a few children came to the scene, asking for Wang's owned property.
It is said that “without property there is no justice”. A system of separation of property plays the role as “the beginning of civilization.” Obviously, 30 years of reform and open policy directly induces the outcome of an important recognition of the “private” society. But in the opposite direction is the common prosperity of the Nanjie's case. It is necessary to eliminate any private deposits, in the words of Wang that the purpose is to let the village become “too rich to have a penny in deposits.” Behind the supercilious collectivism, there is a kind of materialism in which the villagers had to sheerly rely and follow the collective leadership, right into the spiritual and factual poverty.
It is obvious that the world of today is not advocating “people eating people,” but this does not mean some people will not be “virtualized” and eaten by others. For example, through a variety of cultures, ideals and virtual values people can be tamed and domesticated into “robots” whose only function is being manipulated and exploited. The most sarcastic slogan in Nanjie Village is – “The world is the fool's world- supported, driven and created by the fool.” This brainwashing, on the one hand, makes the villagers willingly become the victims of a leader's personal ideals and other hidden forces ; on the other hand, the robot-like dedication and collective ownership rights was obscured, so that they were totally kept in the dark when the”Big Brother”, “Second Brother” and “Third Brother” had already turned into “red capitalists”.
Nanjie Village myth is perhaps the last “Animal Farm”. More than half a century ago, George Orwell predicted the absurdity of “Animal Farm”, and nearly 30 years after China's reform, Wang Hongbing and his followers used their “political behavior art” to prove the bankruptcy of “Animal Farm”. Orwell once said, those leaders who sacrifice their blood, toil, tears and sweat, always get more than those who sacrifice safety and pleasure for their followers. In the case of Nanjie Village, we can say the same: those who call themselves leaders willing to sacrifice everything for their followers will get more from the followers than what the leaders dedicate to them.