Saturday, January 22, 2011

China and the New Fascism

One would think it would not be necessary to point out that the Chinese model is inconsistent with the freedom and liberty that our self-governing experiment is based on. Yet we have the President and the press telling us how successful the Chinese are and how the US economy is in decline. We also have a trade deficit with China, which is the largest in the world; in other words the US is the largest consumer in the world and China is making the items we Americans want. The key to China’s success is a growing economy, and regardless of your form of government, a growing economy usually equals prosperity. But how did China get to where they are now?

For one thing, China has been under the brutal oppressive communist government since Mao Zedong took power in 1946. During the next 30 years, China was dragged from an economic and literal stone age, to a world power. One of the ways this was done was through genocide. Mao thoroughly believed that the burgeoning population of China was holding the country back. To address this issue Mao collectivized agriculture so the government could control the food and systematically starved over 60 million of his own people. I am often amazed by the lefts fascination and with Mao, such as the likes of President Obama’s ex-White House communications director Anita Dunn, calling Mao one of her favorite political philosophers. While the left may view Mao as a great revolutionary, political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation, his main claim to fame with the left is he was a major player with the humanistic sciences, which along other schools of thought, bolstered the belief of the need for a ruling elite and the need to control the collective through eugenics and re-education. Anyone, speaking of the philosophy of Mao, even if it is intended as irony as explained by Ms Dunn, may as well say one of her favorite philosophers is Hitler. The only differences between Hitler and Mao are Mao annihilated 10 times as many humans as Hitler, and did so out of more out of indifference than hate; apparently it makes the starving tens of millions of Chinese more palatable if it was scientific and not personal.

Once Mao got the “population problem” under control, Maoist policies were abandoned in favor of economic reforms under Deng Xiaoping. Xiaoping knew that while communism is the perfect vehicle to control and oppress a people (usually by controlling the food supply), as an economic strategy it is doomed to failure, as bureaucrats know nothing of running industry; and efficiency and innovation are simply incompatible with communism (even today the scientific advances in China are usually based on reverse engineering of American technology). The answer was to shift to a fascist’s strategy where industrialists and factory managers are allowed to conduct business, but are under strict control of the government. Further, they rewarded workers according to the dictatorial philosophy (the dictatorship of the proletariat) that stated, “each according to their ability, each according to their contribution (not needs, which according to communists doctrine will come later). In essence the Chinese had created a fascists oligarchy not that much different from a prison system where inmates get paid pennies on the dollar and crank out millions of dollars worth of goods. However, one can’t forget that China’s main market is still the United States. Without the US consumer economy, China’s thriving economy would come to a screeching halt. Therefore, any illusion that China will do anything other than continue to buy American debt and prop up our consumer economy is simply unrealistic.

In the musical 1776, the part of John Dickinson says, “Don’t forget most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor.” As cynical as this sounds, it is decidedly an American conundrum, as it is based on a person’s freedom to decide how they want to live. These are choices that the Chinese people do not have. The size of the Chinese middle class is about 197 million out of 1.3 billion people or 15%. In the US the middle class is 271 million out of 298 million or 91%. In other words to support the growing middle class in China there are 11 billion working at slave wages. Unlike the US, where the 8% (1% being the very rich) not being in the middle class is considered below the poverty line, and there is continuing effort to raise all citizens above that line. As discussed before, the Chinese model has reduced the vast majority of it’s citizens to level of a prison population of slaves, while a small proportion is delegated as a “middle class” to be the middle managers of their fascist state. Further there are no environmental restrictions, no labor unions and no safety regulation; nothing that will stand in the way of maximum production (all are tenets of fascism). Not exactly a model that a country, which stills portends to be self-governing, would view in any sense of a positive light and certainly not want to emulate. In other words, lets get real here.

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