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At the weekend, I reviewed at home the “nine grades of sesame official” CO produced by Stephen Chow and Wang Jing, which was adapted from the “yangnaiwu and Chinese cabbage” which was one of the top ten strange cases in the Qing Dynasty.
As people who eat melons and watch plays, they see that the weak girls played by Zhang Min and Weng Hong are bullied. In fact, these girls who have been beaten beyond recognition are just tools for political groups to compete for public opinion.
Like the earlier case of the assassination of a horse (the movie “cast the name”), what the ethical dog blood plot conceals is the power struggle between the two lakes and the two major groups in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
This battle ran through the late Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China, from the assassination of horses and the Yang Bai case to the Nanjing Han split and the Kuomintang Communist civil war. Even if you look at the ancestral home of both sides of the liberation war, they are all the soldiers of the two lakes’ muddy legs fighting against the Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.
History is written by winners. The truth of the case is no longer important, but we can learn the rules of the game in the process of eating melons and watching plays all over the country.
The historical background of the case is that the Qing government cooperated with the Han Wuren group in the two lakes to eliminate the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom entrenched in Jiangsu and Zhejiang. According to the political division of stolen goods, the Qing government rewarded the position of governor and governor of rich Jiangsu and Shanghai to the military leaders of the two lakes, which led to a severe blow to the imperial examination group in Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Even like the assassination of Kennedy and Lincoln, the Lianghu faction assassinated Ma Xinyi, the General Governor of the two rivers in public, and only found a person to carry the pot for the dead. The Qing court and the Jiangsu and Zhejiang faction, which were stronger than others, could only recognize the story.
However, with the complete disappearance of the threat of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and the death of the eastern empress dowager Ci’an, Emperor Tongzhi and Zeng Guofan, a brother of the Xiang army, the Qing government was faced with the reshuffle and rebalancing of power from the central government to the local government.
Lihongzhang and zuozongtang of the Lianghu Wuren group both want to be brothers. The Jiangsu and Zhejiang imperial examination group hopes to regain the dominance of Jiangsu and Zhejiang from the Lianghu Wuren group, while the Qing government hopes to recover the local control from the Han landlords.
In this extremely complex situation, the yangbai case in Yuhang, Zhejiang Province has become the fuse.
Liuxitong, the county magistrate of Yuhang, who tried the case, was a cutting-edge member of the Hunan army group and was ready to be further promoted. Yangnaiwu, who was tried, was a political star of the Jiangsu and Zhejiang group. He had just won the provincial examination and was ready to enter Beijing to compete for two places.
This is like the sentence of the Wuju people in let bullets fly, “labor and capital are the Wuju people appointed by the emperor in the 31st year of Guangxu’s reign. In terms of official positions, they are bigger than you. You should kneel down to me.”.
According to the political rules at that time, the well water between the county magistrate and Ju Ren didn’t invade the river. The running county magistrate didn’t need to provoke the iron clad Ju Ren master. If Ju Ren committed a crime, the county magistrate would help cover it up.
However, just like the change of office in the United States, when the reign of Emperor Guangxu of Tongzhi in the Manchu and Qing Dynasties was changing, the two lakes Wuren group and the Jiangsu and Zhejiang imperial examination group also reached a critical moment in the game. In the end, “it is a real man to clean up the old mountains and rivers”, or “the famous man outside the Donghua gate is a good man”, all parties have to compete for the KPI standard of the senior officials in the border closure.
However, all parties can not put these things on the table. They can only compete in another dimension. Therefore, just like the abortion issue in the United States discussed in yesterday’s article, both parties should use public opinion to provoke public anger in order to trample on each other.
Therefore, the battlefield of Yang Bai’s case seems to be in the county yamen. In fact, the real line-up place is the “tea hall” seen by the common people.
In order to win on the battlefield of public opinion, both sides need to write a script that is too common to be common, so that people can think that the other side is evil and they are just.
Therefore, in order to allow more people to participate, there must be no threshold for the content of the debate. Illiterate people can freely deliver long speeches.
The script created by Lianghu Wuren group is very familiar. It is the stage where Wudalang of the water margin was poisoned by panjinlian of XiMenqing. It portrays yangnaiwu as a senior official of Ximen and shows that the landlord has no good image. The Wuren group portrays itself as the county magistrate and Wudu head of law enforcement.
The script created by the Jiangsu and Zhejiang landlords’ group is also a cliche. It is a bridge for the eight government offices to patrol Bao Qingtian to clean up corrupt officials. In this script, the county Lord has no good thing. The officials protect the common people. The landlords and the common people can only hope to sue the emperor in Beijing, so that the big Lord Qingtian in Beijing can take the tiger head guillotine to clean up corruption.
Under the written script, all parties will continuously mobilize fresh forces to promote the continuous escalation of the war and form a meat grinder of “Ping’an Gele” level.
In the end, a case at the county government level turned into one involving dingbaozhen, the governor of Sichuan Province, yangchangjun, the governor of Zhejiang Province, Baojia, the Minister of military aircraft, sangchunrong, the Minister of criminal affairs, and wengtongfu, the cabinet bachelor and the Minister of rites, and xiatongshan, the minister of war, pulling more than 30 senior officials from Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
The Queen Mother Xi, who was thousands of miles away, naturally smelled the opportunity.
First, he supported the Jiangsu and Zhejiang imperial examination group, cleaned more than 100 Lianghu martial arts groups by reversing the case of Yang Bai, and appointed Weng Tongfu and Xia Tongshan as teachers of Guangxu, which won the support of the civil service imperial examination group.
Later, after the situation was stable, he quickly sold the imperial examination group to win over the Lianghu Wuren group, so that yangchangjun, the governor of Zhejiang Province who was swept to the bottom in the Yang Bai case, was quickly promoted to the high-ranking governor of Liangjiang.
Played a beautiful “Han landlord” against “Han landlord”.
What is interesting about history is the constant repetition, from the two lakes, Jiangsu and Zhejiang tearing up cabbage, to the two parties in the United States fighting for the right to abortion. These lawsuits involving women to the supreme law are all behind the manipulation of public opinion and the routine of politicians fighting for power and profit and defeating their opponents.
As for us, only when we understand the routine behind it can we be the Empress Dowager who balances all parties.