Bo Gone, But Still Beloved
show comments
  • Kris

    “Bo Gone”


    If your Party chief’s devilish
    You can let him run
    Or you can bring him down and do him
    Like Bo got done
    Bo’s gone, one more round, Bo’s gone

  • @WRM – “In order to prevent a recurrence of Mao’s arbitrary tyranny and one man rule, the Chinese Communist Party since his death has developed a leadership-by-committee style. There are no cults of personality and the family lives of the leadership are kept quiet. The men who govern China aren’t noted for charisma or for reaching out to the common citizen.”

    Unfortunately, Chinese history is a story of palace intrigue and provincial rebellion. Are we wise to bet the world’s economic stability on a committee of ambitious men vying for power in a Leninist state that is above the law?

    These are not Confucian gentlemen after all. And even if they were, I still wouldn’t feel comfortable.

  • You can’t criticize the Party in China even if you are over 80 years old:

    Are we sure we want to be dealing with a regime like this? And degrading our whole middle-class in the process? Seems like madness to me.

  • The Real Threat — this is good:

    Which side are we on, boys?

  • Why China’s Model is Superior?

    It flies in the face of 500 years of Western political experience. Maybe what China has shouldn’t even be called civilization. Civilization is a relatively new word — 18th century — mean to signify something better than barbarism. But what is civilization without civil rights?


  • Jim.

    Interesting insight, professor– our Constitution actually has charisma of its own. There is absolutely the sense, particularly among its most fervent supporters, that it is the fulcrum around which important events turn. And as a document, without human foibles or ambitions — anything other than a rarified intellectual existence, at its root — it fills the need for leadership, even charismatic leadership, without as strong a tendency towards common human failings.

    I wouldn’t care to see the current Chinese system codified into law, or the current powerbrokers as drafters of an American-style document. On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me if there were some in this rising generation of Chinese who could further rise to the challenge of writing such a document. The Chinese are, after all, developing a deeper appreciation of Scripture every day.

  • [The following has got to be the most extraordinary piece of sociological news I’ve learned about China in years. Anybody know about the Chinese Hukou System? I’m still trying to absorb it and will comment in future:

    Truly extraordinary. We are so ignorant in the West.

© The American Interest LLC 2005-2017 About Us Masthead Submissions Advertise Customer Service
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.