Bo Xilai’s Revenge
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  • Rhodium Heart

    “Maoist rhetoric, crackdowns on the rich in the name of fighting corruption, collection of bribes from panicky rich people hoping to escape your crackdown, high profile (if mostly rhetorical) criticism of the growing gap between rich and poor.”

    Wow. Sound like anyone we know from the other side of the Pacific Rim?

  • Glen

    Maoist rhetoric, crackdowns on the rich in the name of fighting corruption, collection of bribes from panicky rich people hoping to escape your crackdown, high profile (if mostly rhetorical) criticism of the growing gap between rich and poor.

    Wow. Sound like anyone we know from the other side of the Pacific Rim?

    No kidding. Even the New York Times uses similar words to describe President Obama’s reelection strategy.

  • “China is changing; it has developed too fast and too chaotically to be easily controlled by a one party system, and technocratic nepotism is unlikely to survive as an enduring social model. The crisis it now faces as it attempts to modify its development model (export oriented growth based on manufacturing prowess) is going to test the resiliency of its system”

    Nicely put. What have we tethered ourselves to?

  • The more I look at this China thing the more I think we have attached ourselves to a criminal state. Why is this not a foolish thing to do? I hope Mead delves into this issue deeply.

    As someone said, with China numbers swamp everything. If this were a country much smaller than us it would be different. Are we selling our birthright for a bowl full of porridge? If not, why not?

  • http://tinyurl.com/c3kjzqo

    EXCLUSIVE: China’s Top Leaders Split Over Handling of Security Czar

    April 16, 2012, 1:12 am

    The Beijing source said the top leaders have known Zhou’s crimes for a long time but hesitate in exposing them for fear that revealing their scale would be so shocking . . .

    I have just been reading Jung Chang’s biography of Mao. His rise to the top of the Chinese party make Hitler, Lenin, and Stalin look tame by comparison. For example, one technique was to use terror to force everyone in a certain party branch or region to commit horrendous atrocities against innocent civilians or fellow party members. That way everyone would be guilty and he could use the information to blackmail or otherwise cow his opponents or potential opponents and bend them to his will.

    My question: how can a state founded in this manner turn out well over the long term? Imagine the United States if our founding fathers were a bunch of criminal sociopaths.

    The rule of law will never be established in China without another political revolution.

  • http://tinyurl.com/chpucbf

    Even Condoleezza Rice has interesting things to say:

    “China’s political system needs to move beyond a focus on simple material prosperity, Rice said. “Legitimacy based on prosperity tends not to last very long because people’s expectations keep growing; people become concerned about princelings, who drive around in Ferraris, the grandchildren of the revolution in a state that is somehow supposed to be dedicated to social equality. So China has a lot of challenges,” she said.

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    “I suspect if we were in the hall of the meeting room getting ready for the 2012 Party Congress, people might be asking how the political structure could accommodate some of these pressures ‘without becoming Gorbachev,’ which of course is everybody’s great fear—you try to reform from the top and you end up collapsing the system.”

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_08

    Remember Charter 08?

    Where is Obama on this?

  • Sorry for monopolizing this thread but it seems everyone else is off anyway and I thought my ferretings might be worth something to interested readers.

    Anyway I find it interesting that a pacifist spiritual group with a few simple moral rules of personal behavior — but whose founder refused to “affiliate” with the party and the state — may end up toppling the regime. I’m a Judeo-Christian myself, of that tradition, but boy can I see the value of Falun Gong here.

  • Red Brick

    Yes, it sounds like the USA under Obomba is adopting all the strategies of repression and corruption that China is now exposing. Sounds like we’re changing places.

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