This is the translation of a remarkable series of nine articles that first appeared as editorials in Daijiyuan, the Chinese edition of The Epoch Times. For reasons that should be clear upon reading the Commentaries, their authorship remains anonymous.
The first of these editorials was published on November 19, 2004. They have since had an extraordinary effect. The Nine Commentaries often help initiate a conversation among Chinese about the true nature of CCP (Chinese Communist Party). The Nine Commentaries have helped Chinese learn about what the CCP is and has done to Chinese people, the land, and the environment. Since the information about CCP is made accessible to general public, a grassroots movement has become a massive force for peaceful transformation.
Within 10 years, more than 160 million Chinese have claimed quitting the CCP and its affiliates. The Nine Commentaries have helped begin this new era. Chinese are making informative choices for their future.
Today, the Nine Commentaries are translated into 32 languages. They are available online.
The Editorial Board
The Epoch Times
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European communist regimes, the international communist movement has been spurned worldwide. It’s only a matter of time until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) meets its demise.
Nevertheless, before its complete collapse, the CCP is trying to tie its fate to the Chinese nation, with its five thousand years of civilization. This is a disaster for the Chinese people. The Chinese people must now face questions of how to understand the CCP, how to help China transition to a society without the CCP, and how to pass on the beacon of Chinese heritage.
The Epoch Times here publishes the special editorial series Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party. Before the lid is laid on the coffin of the CCP, we wish to pass a final judgment on it and on the international communist movement, which has plagued humanity for over a century. Throughout the CCP’s history, everything it has touched has been marred by lies, wars, famine, tyranny, massacre, and terror. Traditional faiths and principles have been violently destroyed. Original ethical concepts and social structures have been disintegrated by force. Empathy, love, and harmony among people have been twisted into struggle and hatred. Veneration and appreciation of heaven and earth have been replaced by an arrogant desire to “fight with heaven and earth.”
The result has been a total collapse of social, moral, and ecological systems, and a profound crisis for the Chinese people — and indeed for humanity. All these calamities have been brought about through the deliberate planning, organization, and control of the CCP.
As a famous Chinese poem goes, “Deeply I sigh in vain for the falling flowers.” The end is near for the communist regime, which is barely holding on to survival. The days before its collapse are numbered. The Epoch Times believes the time is now ripe, before the CCP’s total demise, for a comprehensive look back, in order to fully expose how this largest cult in history has come to embody all evils on earth, from past to present. We hope that those who are still deceived by the CCP will now see its nature clearly, purge its poison from their spirits, extricate their minds from its evil control, free themselves from the shackles of terror, and abandon for good all illusions about it.
The CCP’s rule is the darkest and most absurd page in Chinese history. Among its unending list of crimes, the vilest must be its persecution of Falun Gong. In persecuting Falun Gong’s principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, Jiang Zemin  has driven the last nail into the CCP’s coffin.
The Epoch Times believes that by understanding the true history of the CCP, we can help prevent such tragedies from ever recurring. At the same time, we hope each one of us can reflect on our innermost thoughts and examine whether our cowardice and compromise have made us accomplices in the tragic events that could have been avoided.
 Jiang Zemin was general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party from 1989 to 2002. On July 20, 1999, he ordered a campaign to eradicate the spiritual discipline Falun Gong.