Thoughts on Our Rule of Law
Many of those who are familiar with Chinese history have observed an interesting pattern: Every two to three hundred years, on average, China would repeat a dynastic cycle. Each cycle started with the emergence of a new ruler who had conquered most part of China and declared a new dynasty. Following a period of peace and prosperity, justice was then compromised, bureaucratic corruption prevailed, and China entered stagnation and decline. The situation continued to worsen and finally reached to a point where a natural disaster or local incident ignited rebels that rapidly spiraled nationwide to a civil war. After numerous casualties, often amounting to more than half of the prewar population, one rebellious force eventually claimed victory and its leader became a new emperor.
In this dynastic cycle, the turning point from prosperity to decline is the failure and corruption of the justice and fairness. Some Chinese emperors were keenly aware of this; a few went even as far as to install a whistle-blowing mechanism and operate a secret service that specifically spied on officialdom, such as the founding emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his successors in the Ming Dynasty.
America has just celebrated its 243rd birthday (1776—2019). It has shown many disturbing signs that predate the collapse of a Chinese dynasty, corruptions in justice in particular. Would our engagement with China also drag America into the rhythm of Chinese dynastic cycle? Could the institution set by our founding fathers allow us to identify a solution to save America from another civil war?
This section will carry observations, opinions, reflections, and proposals of Dr. Gang Xu on various aspects of administrating and practicing rule of law in America, based on his own experience and perspectives both as a Chinese American and as a victim of judicial brutality and corruption in MA court system, in a hope of serving as inputs to invite more discussions on our legal reform in the face of aggressive infiltration of Chinese influence in the U.S.
Essays that Gang Xu is researching and working on:
Finished essay (click a title to read):