Falun Gong is a Reactionary religious movement with anti-government sentiment founded by Li Hongzhi in the early 1990's. It was banned in the People's Republic of China since 1999 by Jiang Zemin, who considers the movement to be a feudal superstition fundamentally incompatible with the materialist philosophies of Marxism and an 'absurd fallacy'. Falun Gong is associated with an extensive anti-communist media apparatus including The Epoch Times.
Falun Gong teachings are highly centralized around Li Hongzhi and is an idealist philosophy with moralistic themes that gives it a reactionary character. Falun Gong teaches its practitioners among other things to be free of material wants while practitioners are exploited for monetary gains. While Li asserts that Falun Gong is a nonpolitical movement, he also makes broad arguments against the efficacy of modern governments and praises ancient Chinese society which in the context of the People's Republic of China would make Falun Gong a counter-revolutionary movement.
Among other beliefs include the following:
- Opposition to women's liberation, arguing that the root problem is a lack of 'morality', and that root problem did not exist in ancient China.
- Opposition to miscengenation
- Disdain for rock and roll, and soccer for being 'degenerate'
- The Epoch Times, which generally promotes far-right politics
- China Uncensored
- New Tang Dynasty Television
- Shen Yun
- Jiang Zemin on the "Three Represents" (2002) pg. 164