One writer stated, “You can knock Socialism all you want. But only a fool cannot see that Socialist China with its strong central government and managed capitalist system has run rings around Free market capitalist western countries over the last 30 years.”
Well, I can admit that the U.S. has critical problems with its government generating trillions of dollars of new debt every year and a banking system that has failed for 100 years by created economic bubbles in the housing and other sectors. But are these problems really generated by free market competition or are they a result of socialist interference by the government itself?
First off, no one can convince me that China is a socialist nation:
Socialism (so´she-lîz´em) noun
1. a. A social system in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned collectively and political power is exercised by the whole community. b. The theory or practice of those who support such a social system.
2. The building of the material base for communism under the dictatorship of the proletariat in Marxist-Leninist theory.
Communism (kòm´ye-nîz´em) noun
1. A theoretical economic system characterized by the collective ownership of property and by the organization of labor for the common advantage of all members.
2. Communism. a. A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single, often authoritarian party holds power, claiming to make progress toward a higher social order in which all goods are equally shared by the people. b. The Marxist-Leninist version of Communist doctrine that advocates the overthrow of capitalism by the revolution of the proletariat.
China’s government is entirely controlled by a political party called the CPC, the Communist Party of China. Per the definitions above, China irrefutably falls into the communist realm. They call themselves communists. They are not socialists. Thus one cannot use China as an example of socialist superiority … as they are not socialist.
Before an inoculation of partial free market reforms in the 1970′s, China’s economy was so dismal, that there was no way but up. (Yet, if China is doing better because of free market ideas, then perhaps the U.S. can learn something here.) My second point, however, is that the growth experienced by China over the last few years is heavily artificial.
A. The CPC artificially devalues the Yuan by expending grandiose amounts of wealth to buy U.S. dollars. Devaluing the currency makes it advantages for all other countries to buy their goods. This is equivalent to a U.S. company opening up a factory in a country where they can pay the workers very low wages, thereby increasing their profits. But the CPC actually self-imposes this situation on their own country. Why is it a vice when a U.S. company does this and a virtue when the CPC does it? This leaves less money for the government to spend on the people (if one agrees with this type of spending). This also leaves the Chinese economy very, very sensitive to foreign economies. Anything artificial cannot be sustained. Rampant inflation is on the horizon for them.
B. Since the CPC is tyrannical, one of the things they force on their people (non-Party members) is an apportioned standard of living. But aren’t U.S. leftists always protesting their “portion” compared to the “rich”?
C. They abandoned their state health care system (not that there was much of one) in the 70′s and are only now attempting a new one. It’s not going well as they do not have much revenue to spend on it … because they are buying up all that foreign currency.
D. The Chinese people have been oppressed so long by the CPC, that they are largely a broken people. They live in Orwellian fear and economic resignation … much unlike the “rights” and “grievance” mentality of U.S. citizens.
Thirdly, all the conditions that leftists protest, exist and are even worse in China:
A. The income gap between the rich and the poor.
There is no incentive for innovation or personal improvement without income gaps. This is why I believe income gaps are healthy. But the rural poor in China can be called “dreadfully” poor … living off the equivalent of $1.25 a day. This is very unlike the U.S.’s poor who have automobiles, TV’s, microwaves and air conditioning. The income gap in China is still much worse than in the U.S.
B. No right to vote unless it’s a local municipal election or you’re a member of the ruling Party.
Try telling a Occupy Wall Street protestor that he won’t be “heard” … and then prepare for profanity and something to get broken.
C. Sexual discrimination.
Because of China’s One-Child Policy, parents are aborting their female unborn children in lieu of male children who can bring higher wages. Gender selective abortion is the most insidious form of sexual discrimination there is: Killing a child because it’s female! This has actually led to a shortage a marrying females in China.
D. Torture and “re-education”.
The CPC has absolutely no reservations with using torture. They use it on Christians quite often. Is not “torture” the cause of all the Guantanamo Bay protestations?
E. Restrictions in internal migration.
Chinese citizens cannot freely migrate from rural areas to an urban areas where there is a higher concentration of wealth to be earned. That is, not unless you are a CPC party member … then it’s all about graft and privilege.
For all these reasons, the effects Chinese “Capitalism” are no where close to matching the virtues of our American Capitalism. Vanquishing freedom in order to sustain growth is immoral and transient … and I didn’t even discuss the exile of the Dali Lama and the imperialistic oppression of Tibet.
So what is the fascination of the many liberals with China? If all of the economic tactics of communist China are supposed “protest-worthy” acts, why do leftists often tout China’s superiority? This is hard for me to grasp. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin understood when he said:
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”
In other words, when one rebels from his true Maker’s rule, he is predestined to filling that benevolent rule with an unmerited despot.