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The Purge
A Chinese App for Catching Corrupt Officials in the Act

China’s enormous communist party purge has already snared hundreds of thousands of officials and had huge social effects, like disrupting the unofficial system for getting rich people’s kids into the best schools. There have even been semi-regular stories of high level officials killing themselves before their crimes are inevitably uncovered. But a new app from the organization responsible for Xi’s crackdown, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is set to shift things into another gear altogether. Citizens are encouraged to use the app to take a picture of any officials they see showing signs of corruption, like living large and splurging on things they shouldn’t reasonably be able to afford without the benefits of graft. China Daily:

The new app allows whistle-blowers to upload 2 pictures, as well as a description of up to 500 characters. Furthermore, the system divides the corruption into 11 categories, including enjoying luxurious meals or using government vehicles for personal purposes.

All reports can be submitted anonymously for the purpose of protecting the identity of the whistle-blowers.

With a holiday season coming up in China, a lot of Party members will likely be cancelling vacations in conspicuous places to avoid the populist ratting of the GestAppo.

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  • FriendlyGoat

    The societal “benefits” of tattling tools are a mixed bag.

    • Kevin

      This sounds like the great terror moving onto the next phase. Robespierre or Stalinwould have appreciated just such an App.

      Endemic corruption is terrible. Endemic corruption arbitrarily or capriciously punished at the whim of the supreme leader is far worse.

      • FriendlyGoat

        You have a point. People can send in their pictures without any control whatsoever over what will happen next. And, they can send in their pictures of someone they simply don’t like for one reason or another and very possibly cause someone to have an undeserved life catastrophe at the hands of government.

        We pretty well know that putting cameras in the hands of our children here has been a VERY bad thing for some of the other children. Having a government encouraging adults to tattle on each other is a worse use yet.

        • Kevin

          My thought is not so much that whatever happens is ‘undeserved”. In a land of endemic corruption they are all guilty. The issue is the when everyone commits “three felonies a day” the control over the discretion of whom to prosecute becomes a tool for political oppression to targets enemies rather than enforce the law. This app will just egg on the mob and get them caught up in a morality play of punishing the guilty – all as a tool of political oppression.

  • fastrackn1

    “There have even been semi-regular stories of high level officials killing themselves before their crimes are inevitably uncovered.”

    We need more of that here.

    “Central Commission For Discipline Inspection”…seems like a good idea for the US to try this approach too….

    • Andrew Allison

      I agree. The management of the latest in the parade of of utterly incompetent government agencies to be exposed, NHTSA will, no doubt, like all its predecessors pay no price for its incompetence and/or malfeasance. Instead of blowing up (figuratively speaking, NSA snoops) the IRS, let’s blow up the entire federal “government”.

      • fastrackn1

        Agreed….”let’s blow it up” as they say!

        It would be nice if we had laws in place that could somehow create a way to cause those in government to fear for their lives if they use their position for corruption or any other nonsense. Of course it could never happen because our society is so soft that we can barely execute for murder anymore. But if I had my way with those in power (private or government) who abuse the privilege…to the dungeon with’em…off with their heads!
        Those at the top of the food chain in a society should get the most severe punishments for their transgressions.
        I have absolutely no use for bad actors in a society, especially those in power who should be honored to be so lucky.

        China has the right idea about weeding out the bad actors there. A few of the problems associated with what China is doing are mentioned in a couple of the messages above from Kevin and FG.

        • Andrew Allison

          Agreed. Given the unwillingness of our so-called representatives to do so, it’s obviously up to “we the people” to insist that the incompetents/malfeasants in the Executive branch pay the price. Where’s the outrage that our reprehensatives are going along with this malfeasance? Without it, we’re doomed.

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