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The Nobel Peace Prize
Goes to Another Nazi

by Mike Billington

Oct. 12, 2010—Lyndon LaRouche has often said that receiving the Nobel Prize in Economics simply qualifies the laureate as a "certified" idiot. In a similar vein, at least in recent years, the qualification for becoming a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize appears to be an expressed adherence to fascist ideology. Indeed, this year's recipient Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese writer and activist who is currently serving time in a Chinese prison, fits that pattern.

Liu is not just another Chinese human rights advocate who crossed swords with the government, but the proud head of a "Nietzsche cult" in China, and a sworn follower of fellow Nietzschean Martin Heidegger, the card-carrying member of the Nazi Party whose followers still today preach the existentialist, anti-human creed of philosophical fascism.

Liu was already a well-known writer in China before the mass demonstrations in Tiananmen Square in the Spring of 1989, as a Nietzschean "cultural nihilist." He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in 1989 when the demonstrations broke out in Beijing, but left Columbia to join the demonstrations in Beijing, just as they were in the process of dying out on their own. His intervention was intended to provoke a violent confrontation—and he succeeded.[1]

Who Is Liu Xiaobo?

In his book, Critique of China, published in 1988, and sold out through several editions, Liu issued a frontal assault on Classical Chinese thought, in favor of a glorification of existentialist man, the "superman" of Nietzsche, beyond any societal or universal norms of good or evil. Liu linked the Leninism of the modern communist state with the Classical culture of Confucianism, as equally oppresive of the individual, calling for a violent break from both.

Liu wrote in praise of Lu Xun, the literary figure of the early 20th Century, whose short stories were hateful diatribes against both Classical Chinese culture, and the cultural optimism of Sun Yat-sen, the leader of the republican revolution in China in 1911, who was a fierce defender of the American System of Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln, against the British imperial model.

"We can see why Lu Xun so glorified Nietzsche and symbols of suffering," wrote Liu Xiaobo. "Nietzsche was the smasher of idols, the symbol of individual freedom.... In contemporary China, Lu Xun-style extremism and ruthlessness is especially needed, especially in dialogue with traditional culture."

When Liu returned to China in 1989, a hunger strike by a group of youth was ending, and negotiations were taking place between the government and various groups of demonstrators for a peaceful resolution to the mass demonstrations. Liu then linked up with a famous rock star and two other friends, and, with the foreign media in tow, began his own hunger strike.

The government leadership saw in Liu Xiaobo and his circle a revival of the Nietzschean, violently anti-Confucius, anti-Party, and anti-authority fanaticism of the Red Guards of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution—ten years of Hell, between 1966 and 1976, when the nation's leadership fell into the hands of the so-called Gang of Four, who orchestrated a fascist campaign to destroy science, technology, education, Classical culture, and any form of individual freedom.

Liu's overt attack on rationality, in particular, stirred memories of the Gang of Four's denunciation of intellectuals as the "ninth stinking category." In particular, Liu said Chinese intellectuals carried deeply rooted traditional values which poisoned their minds, especially, the Confucian personality, and the Confucian "harmony of Heaven and Man"—akin to the Judeo-Christian concept of man in the image of God.

There was not to be a repeat of the insanity of the Cultural Revolution. On June 4, 1989, within two days of Liu's new hunger strike, the government gave up on negotiations and moved into the Square with full military force, crushing the demonstrations. Many were killed, although the number is widely disputed.

LaRouche, watching the Tiananmen Square mass demonstrations together with this author, from our shared jail cell in Alexandria, Va., noted that one could see in the eyes of the youth that they were searching for their souls, which had been ripped away from them during the Cultural Revolution. The Nietzschean revival in the mid-1980s was intended to prevent them from finding their souls—Nietzsche denied the soul's existence.

Better known than his fascist philosophic outlook is Liu's slavish adherence to the imperial ideology of his controllers. In 1988, Liu was asked by Hong Kong's Liberation Monthly, what it would take to realize a true historical transformation in China. He replied: "Three hundred years of colonialism. In 100 years of colonialism, Hong Kong has changed to what we see today. With China being so big, of course it would take 300 years of colonialism for it to be able to transform into how Hong Kong is today. I have my doubts as to whether 300 years would be enough."

Hong Kong, of course, was the headquarters for the British opium trade which poisoned China's population, and for the colonial looting by the British Empire generally, from the day it was seized from China as spoils of the Opium War in the 1840s, to the day it was returned to China in 1997. In 2006, Liu was given a chance to renounce this embrace of British imperialism, but he refused.

Other Nobel 'Peace' Prize Laureates

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to this professed Nietzschean is in keeping with the character of two out of three of the previous laureates. The 2009 prize went to President Barack Obama, despite the fact that this man of "peace" was already in the process of massively expanding the war in Afghanistan, a war correctly denounced by Russia's drug czar Victor Ivanov as a second Opium War—this time against Russia and Europe rather than China. Obama's Nazi proclivities were established early in his administration, with his health-care program, modeled on that of Adolf Hitler, denying certain types of care to the old and the poor in order to save money. This program earned President Obama the ubiquitous "Hitler mustache," which now adorns pictures of him across the country. Not surprisingly, Obama praised the choice of Liu Xiaobo as this year's Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and demanded that China release him from prison immediately.

Equally repulsive, was the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 to the genocidalist Al Gore and the anti-scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for their promotion of the fraud of "Global Warming," a hoax designed by the likes of the World Wildlife Fund. The WWF is the creation of Britain's Prince Philip, who argues that the world's population must be reduced from the current 7 billion to less than 2, and the Netherlands' late Prince Bernhard—another card-carrying Nazi.

Global Warming was invented to justify this genocide under the guise of saving the planet. Thus, "peace" to these fascist thinkers means eliminating most of the world's population, to allow "living space" (Hitler's Lebensraum) for the remaining elites.

[1] Liu's role at that point was documented in an article by this author, "The Deconstructionist Assault on China's Cultural Optimism," in the Fall 1997 issue of Fidelio magazine.

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