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"Democracy" - Chinese style
Posted by: McQ on Monday, January 19, 2009

China, in an apparent effort to define its form of "democracy", has decided to tell us what it isn't or shouldn't be:
Jia Qinglin, China's fourth-most senior official, demanded officials throw their weight behind the one-party state in an essay in the Party's main ideological journal "Seeking Truth" (Qiushi), which was reproduced on major web portals on Sunday.

"Build a line of defence to resist Western two-party and multi-party systems, bicameral legislature, the separation of powers and other kinds of erroneous ideological interferences," said Jia, who is also head of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a largely toothless parliamentary advisory body.

"Consciously abide by the Party's political discipline and resolutely safeguard the Party's centralised unity," Jia said, calling on CPPCC members to strengthen "ideological unity."
Or, in other words, the same old totalitarian system with a Wal-Mart happy face painted on it. Crack-downs on that deviant stuff coming to a neighborhood near you soon.
 
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I think the Chinese claim is not quite what you read into it. The Party line does not appear to be that it knows or is the appropriate form of democracy for China — it is that democracy itself is inappropriate for China, and that the Communist Party is the proper form of (non-democratic) government there.

We’ll see how well that works out for them.
 
Written By: Michael
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Democracy American Style...Rich, Preppy Frat boy with Daddy’s Rolodex and a Phat Wallet buys and steals an election and then, with the help of his corporate paymasters, steals another election with rigged voting machines.

At least in China they have universal health care, near universal literacy and have managed to avoid imposing their cultural/political hegemony on the People of Colour around the World. So you tell me, which one is better.

"Democracy" is merely a reified Western Concept designed to de-legitimate certain modes of thought and production and allow the establishment of a supposedly "Liberal", but in reality Oppressive, Fascist, State, built upon exploitative Bourgeois concepts, such as the "Possessive Monad."

We need to free ourselves from our culturally laden mindset and approach Comparative-International Politics from a fresh and open-minded discussion....
 
Written By: Joe
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Have I mentioned...I spent a LOT of time in the Liberal Arts, and really, really miss Pravda, Izvestia, and Trud?

Lastly, can I send Willis and Erb a bill, for services rendered, do you think?
 
Written By: Joe
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The thing about Chinese Democracy is this: 30 minutes later you’re hungry again.
 
Written By: Titus Quinn
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"ghdf dgfgsd hf h hgfh dgfh hgjgf hj"

Makes as much sense as Erb, nu?
 
Written By: timactual
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And at least there’s something worth looking at on those sites...

...

Don’t you judge me...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Don’t you judge me...
Or the terrorists will win :)
 
Written By: capt joe
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At least in China they have universal health care, near universal literacy and have managed to avoid imposing their cultural/political hegemony on the People of Colour around the World. So you tell me, which one is better.

Ask India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines or Singapore whether they think the Chinese are avoiding "imposing their...political hegemony" on their neighbors. There’s a reason the Pacific Rim is seeing a naval buildup on the scale of the 1930s.

Back to the original point, there is one major political change the Chinese government seems happy with, though they haven’t seemed to recognize it yet: a shift from communism to fascism.
 
Written By: C. E. van Avery
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C.E I see you are new here or the irony meter is on the Fritz....
 
Written By: Joe
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Guilty on both counts....
 
Written By: C. E. van Avery
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I actually consider them mentioning it as a threat quite good. I just have this feeling that one night we’ll all go to sleep and wake-up with a free China. I think it comes down to letting too many people have cell phones and that someday a critical mass will be reached. I just hope that day comes before they get a blue water navy.
 
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