(Minghui.org) The Epoch Times published a series of nine editorials on November 19, 2004. These editorials became Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party and has been translated into over 30 languages.

Even though the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) retaliates against people who distribute the book in China, it has spread to virtually every corner of the country. China experts credit the book as a major catalyst for driving change in China.

More importantly, Chinese people have responded to the book in overwhelming fashion. Over 185 million of them have renounced their memberships in Party organizations. The CCP's stranglehold on China's society, put in place with violence and propaganda, is slipping away, one person at a time.

How did this come about?

Nine Commentaries exposes the CCP's deception and violence with facts that Chinese people had no previous access to due to the regime's propaganda and altered history education. The book covers a range of topics: history, politics, economics, culture, and religion.

The book is the first literary work that draws a clear distinction between the CCP and China, debunking the CCP's longstanding tactic of equating patriotism towards China with loyalty to the Party. As a result of the CCP's propaganda, people have long seen the CCP as being one and the same with China, and thus protected and loved the CCP as they do for the nation and its culture.

The book further points out that the CCP's behavior patterns resemble those of a cult. For example, one can join the Party, but isn't allowed to leave it. One has to vow to dedicate one's life to fight for the CCP upon joining the organization.

Chinese have been unhappy with the CCP for years, but they were unhappy within the context established by the Party, without a clear way out. They criticized the CCP with the logic and history that the CCP indoctrinated them with. Of course, the result of such resistance and pursuit for freedom is inherently limited.

Nine Commentaries offers them another way, one that is more aligned with traditional Chinese culture: compassion, faith, and conscience. People are ultimately accountable for themselves in terms of aligning with heavenly principles and traditional values, something that was impossible without ridding themselves of the CCP's mind control.

With that piece of the puzzle in place, China can finally start emerging from the moral and spiritual quagmire that it has been in since the CCP's rise to power.