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huaqiao Post time: 2017-11-6 16:22
I am not conviced that China's political ideologies are the major contributor to why millions of C ...
enjoy cheap goods at other's expense. Now that they realise their enjoyment cannot last forever
I'm not sure where you get that from...
I think in response to foreign (and let's not forget domestic) criticism toward China, China could simply address those issues. I would think that if anything, the westerners are asking for more expensive produce from China (because what they want China to do would result in increased manufacturing costs).
So I think the source for foreign criticism is not that their toys are about getting pricier, but about the reasons why they have been so cheap to begin with.
And if it isn't clear, by cheap manufacturing costs I mean labor force which have not been allowed to strike or protest to improve their working conditions, salaries or general social injustice that China has practised in the society, extending from factories to remote mountains.
Like I before mentioned, I don't necessarily believe that this is natural characteristics of communist ideology, but rather a side product of the corrupted system. Some official receiving kickbacks from the industry, or the state itself, to keep things running, or just for appearances as was case in the attempted great leap.
The "sick cats" can be found everywhere because greed is a human failure, not a Chinese failure only.
Greed is part of human nature of course, and exists in life in general. It is not a failure - failure is to deny it.
I think the key difference between western systems and communist socialism is, that western systems generally try to take advantage of that (capitalism is one way), while communism tries to deny or ban it's existence but keeps failing repeatedly because greed is so much part of human nature that it cannot be stopped.
And that creates corruption in such systems - if people aren't given sufficient liberty to exercise their greed legally, they will find means to do it illegally. And Chinese society, deep inside recognizing that denying greed is futile, has (in past) silently agreed to let it go on in form of corruption and graft, instead of allowing higher degree of freedom to its citizens.
In that perspective, there are no sick cats in western system - perhaps it could be said that if greed is the sickness, then in west every cat is sick but they have natural tolerance of it. While in China, the cats keep denying that there is sickness among them, yet still many of them keep dying to it.
west (such as the media) usually use "freedom" "human rights" ...etc. to condemn or ridicule other cultures.
Above I commented about the real sources of western criticism. China's argued shortcomings in civil liberties or human rights are results of mismanaging the original criticism, which have been voiced both from abroad and from within China.
To solve this, China must go to the source of the criticism, which it under current administration has started to do - it is at least making the effort to clear corruption and graft from the system, and to improve rule of law, which are some things the generations before have pursued in vain.