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Rewriting history, Chinese-style
Posted by: McQ on Friday, September 01, 2006

Very interesting:
When high school students in Shanghai crack their history textbooks this fall they may be in for a surprise. The new standard world history text drops wars, dynasties and Communist revolutions in favor of colorful tutorials on economics, technology, social customs and globalization.

Socialism has been reduced to a single, short chapter in the senior high school history course. Chinese Communism before the economic reform that began in 1979 is covered in a sentence. The text mentions Mao only once — in a chapter on etiquette.
So tell me again where China has decided to focus its energy?
They do not so much rewrite history as diminish it. The one-party state, having largely abandoned its official ideology, prefers people to think more about the future than the past.

The new text focuses on ideas and buzzwords that dominate the state-run media and official discourse: economic growth, innovation, foreign trade, political stability, respect for diverse cultures and social harmony.
Now don't get me wrong, history should be presented as it occurred, warts and all, but what is important here (and obviously the totalitarian state still exists in China) is the emphasis the new "history" relates. Mostly economic, mostly trade, mostly how to get along with others.

That puts a real crimp in the "China's our next great military enemy" crowd's argument.
 
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You say that McQ, but you are merely being duped, DUPED I say... what goes on at the soccer practices? I think it is safe to say that THERE, far away from the prying eyes of easily fooled Global Elite (interested in manipulating the "supposed" Free Market for THEIR advantage and to the disadvantage of hard-working people worldwide, especially in America), the PRC cadres instill a sense of Communist and CHINESE solidarity, where the crafty yellow folks explain that "Soon we’ll all be unemployed, but at the end of the Global Depression WE shall be supreme, so bank all the cash you get from your jobs selling to the foolish, wastrel Americans, so soon to be ground down under our sandals." I just betcha....

PS: did I get in under the wire on posting?
PPS: If you’re making money from the betting pool I want a taste of the gate.
 
Written By: Joe
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PS: did I get in under the wire on posting?
Well done, well done.
PPS: If you’re making money from the betting pool I want a taste of the gate.
That’s collusion Joe ... can’t have that on a libertarian blog.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
That puts a real crimp in the "China’s our next great military enemy" crowd’s argument.
Raises eyebrow.

Oh? And what history is covered during their equivalents to grade school and junior high? And what is taught outside of the classroom?

 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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It’s always been the dictatorship part of Communism that was evil. The Socialism part is just simply misguided.

Now for the real blasphamy. A free market does not automatically bring freedom. The chances are only slightly better if bettar at all. We had Kingdoms & Empires for millennia who had free market economies. And trade. And limited tolerance for Multiculturalism.
 
Written By: jpm100
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A free market does not automatically bring freedom.
No, but it sure makes the chances of it evolving a lot better.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
In recalling my education, I had one class called Americanism vs Communism (Federal Mandate), but I had 12 years with a lot of "rah-rah we’re the best", singing the Nationalist Anthem and Pledging Allegiance to the government, followed of course by 4 years of college with a lot of "some of the stuff they taught you is crap". The point being that China can be totalitarian, nationalistic, and militaristic, without espousing communism. For all but the last 300 years of human history, China has had the largest economy on earth including surpassing the Roman Empire at it’s peak.

On a moral note, the Chinese are a very proud people, and they seem to be willing to take a lot of crap for their country, but the fact is that Chinese laborers are virtually slaves, and as the economy takes off, one of two things will happen, and neither of them is good for China, but one of them is good for us.

1. The workers will demand a greater share of the wealth and get it, reducing China’s competetive advantage.

2. The workers will demand a greater share of the wealth and won’t get, fomenting another revolution, reducing China’s competetive advantage.

But don’t think the next revolution will view us as the good guys, the US today is not much different than cotton buyers who turned a blind eye to slavery for cheap textiles.

Cap
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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McQ,

That’s collusion Joe ... can’t have that on a libertarian blog.
I don’t know McQ, many libertarians are not opposed to collusion at all. Free Markets means freedom to collude!
 
Written By: Lance
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That puts a real crimp in the "China’s our next great military enemy" crowd’s argument.
Only if you figure the Chinese government is telling the Chinese people the truth.
 
Written By: Charles Martin
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I can’t see why it’s so hard to believe they might have looked around, figured out they can be (are) a major economic power in the region, recognized that it ends up being less costly than military conquest, and ’conquering’ economically instead.

This isn’t rocket science.

Maybe they understand better than so many other people who think Americans are imperialists that, gee!, we’re really not.
 
Written By: looker
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I can’t see why it’s so hard to believe they might have looked around, figured out they can be (are) a major economic power in the region, recognized that it ends up being less costly than military conquest, and ’conquering’ economically instead.

This isn’t rocket science.
Exactly ... but then there are those who have to have a "near-peer enemy" so they can prepare for the "big one". And if China won’t cooperate, they’ll find some way to make it seem so.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
1. The workers will demand a greater share of the wealth and get it, reducing China’s competetive advantage.

Captin,
I sure hope you are being Sarcastic here. Please enlighten us all on how wealth creation destroys competitiveness without descending into pure economic babble.
Thanks in advance.

 
Written By: Max
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Well Max I think it is fair to say that as the PRC’s economy grows and becomes richer, it’s workers will want more cash. It happened in the US, Japan, and Germany. It hurts your competitiveness, in certain markets. You can’t put together cheap plastic widgets on $.50 per hour labour, any more, the labour wants $1.50 per hour now. The question then becomes, will the economy respond with $1.50 per hour jobs in a new area, $1.50 per hour jobs in the same areas, losing some of the Comparative Advantage they had, or will the government mandate that the workers TAKE $.50 PER HOUR AND LIKE IT. The last two mean that the PRC’s overall economy will take a "hit", even the first would probably slow growth.
 
Written By: Joe
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McQ - yeah, I know - Atomic War, Helter Skelter, Chinese Menace!, Ice Age, Road Warrior/No more Oil, Red Dawn, Clinton/FEMA Government Takeover, Y2K/UN occupation of the US, end times, Helter-Skelter, East Coast Tsunami!, Dinosaur killer Meteor/Comet, Yellowstone Volcano!, Catastrophic Global Warming, Chinese Menace!, Bush/FEMA Government Takeover...

Pick your "I’m gittin ready to be a hero!" versions of reality, someone’s happy to sign on.
 
Written By: looker
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That puts a real crimp in the "China’s our next great military enemy" crowd’s argument.
Mark A, Flacy - Raises eyebrow.

Oh? And what history is covered during their equivalents to grade school and junior high? And what is taught outside of the classroom?


Flacy in on mark:

1. China is like Russia, in that communist doctrine is discussed and reinforced in local, after school gatherings, summer camps, and other group activities. Quite similar to after school religious instruction, Bible school, and church activities. Also, Party membership is seen as a path to professional advancement and success. I asked a visiting Chinese delegation at lunch one day who was a Party member. The head of the delegation responded and said joining the Party is an honor, and that most the delegation had been selected while still students..

2. Chinese history makes considerable mention to who "inflicted Great Humiliation" on China and deprived it of it’s rightful place dominating Asia. Grade school kids are taught it was the Russians, the Imperialists, Japan...and this was only stopped when Mao and the Communists drove out the Japanese and ended imperialist exploitation. They are taught that China has reclaimed it’s rightful possession Tibet, and will soon reassimilate Taiwan.

That’s grade school stuff. Every Chinese knows that. Just ask a Chinese person who is in the US about the Great Humiliations and how they are being reversed. China is strongly revanchist.

Joe -
Well Max I think it is fair to say that as the PRC’s economy grows and becomes richer, it’s workers will want more cash. It happened in the US, Japan, and Germany. It hurts your competitiveness, in certain markets.
Any observor of China knows that the "tightening of labor" scenario that ended Japan’s cheap labor dominance doesn’t exist in China. China’s free trade dominance is based on only 70 million workers doing cheap widgets. They have 300 million other workers grossly underemployed, waiting to get a shot at widget jobs. The Ruling Elites know that. The Globalist vision is that China has the capacity to be the low cost labor destination for generations, threatened by vast pools of labor waiting in India and the Islamic world.

Of course the Globalist vision presumes that their free trade low cost labor nations will continue to lend money to "makes nothing, loves having an unlimited credit card, USA". The Ruling Elites believe they have created a perfect economic machine. Nations make stuff, then send it to a nation that has less educated kids than they do, but is allowed to write IOUs, so the credit can develop the low cost labor nations further.....Somehow they think this arrangement will continue to defy core economic laws - massively enrich the few at the Top give crumbs to the rest, and continue forever.






 
Written By: C. Ford
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CFord I alreay covered this in my first post...I believe you will be IMPRESSED with my acumen.
 
Written By: Joe
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Please enlighten us all on how wealth creation destroys competitiveness without descending into pure economic babble.
Can you enlighten me how this sentence, "The workers will demand a greater share of the wealth and get it, reducing China’s competitive advantage." begs this question, "Please enlighten us all on how wealth creation destroys competitiveness"?

1. Why do we buy goods from China?

2. When Chinese workers get paid more and the cost of goods sold increases to prices greater than other producers can offer, why woud buy goods from China?

3. When the hell did I say anything about wealth creation, and how could you copy a sentence, paste it, highlight it, and blockquote it, without noticing that it said nothing about destroying competitiveness, just reducing it.

4. How do you feel about unions?

Cap

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic (yeah, that one)
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"That puts a real crimp in the "China’s our next great military enemy" crowd’s argument."

Does this mean that I can tell what any country’s foreign and/or economic policy is by reading its high school textbooks? It sure would make life simpler. Cheaper, too. Instead of having all those CIA and state dept. people wasting time and money trying to find out what foreign countries are up to, we simply read their high school textbooks. Just one translator and a few bucks for the book.


 
Written By: timactual
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," mostly how to get along with others."

Mr. Rogers is alive and well and working as a consultant for the Chinese gov’t.
 
Written By: timactual
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That puts a real crimp in the "China’s our next great military enemy" crowd’s argument.
How does misrepresenting the history of the current, un-elected ruling faction in China lead to this conclusion? It takes a lot of mental gymnastics to get there.

I don’t know whether China will ultimately be hostile or friendly towards the United States, but they various foreign policy associations (Iran, Chavez, etc) and actions (Taiwan, military build-up, opposing most of what America wants in the UN) don’t lead me to believe they have peaceful intents. They look a lot like pre-WWII Japan to me.

Censoring the history of their country, a country in which there is no free press and no free elections doesn’t exactly lead me to believe that China will be peaceful and democratic in the future. What am I missing?
 
Written By: DS
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Does this mean that I can tell what any country’s foreign and/or economic policy is by reading its high school textbooks?
Well that’s up to you Tim, but I take it as another indicator, among many, that the Chinese intent isn’t war, but instead economic expansion.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog
How does misrepresenting the history of the current, un-elected ruling faction in China lead to this conclusion? It takes a lot of mental gymnastics to get there.
Only if you’re silly enough to consider it in isolation from other indicators.
They look a lot like pre-WWII Japan to me.
Really? Militarily as well?
Censoring the history of their country, a country in which there is no free press and no free elections doesn’t exactly lead me to believe that China will be peaceful and democratic in the future. What am I missing?
Apparently the change in the economic rule sets which will eventually effect both the legal and political rule sets.
 
Written By: McQ
URL: http://www.qando.net/blog

 
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