Saturday, July 08, 2006

Marxist Divide in a Communist World

It’s been more than once that I said China is only Communist by name (as the party goes). Now, I don’t want to comment on its good or bad. But I can say one thing: the new capitalistic, economic movement we have seen in China in the past 20 years, has yielded us both big leap in GDP and an expanding gap between bourgeoisie and proletariat prophesised by Marx – that’s how you get a growing middle class in a communist country. Doesn’t that sound odd to you?

But wait, our government don’t just bear the name. We do the real shit to make sure the people is suppressed to achieve a common good. It’s some real hustlin’ aight?

Check out this article on Project Syndicate, which I thought was a pretty brief but good comment on what my country is doing to my people. Our very own people. Yeah I know some of this stuff – I have probably said it somewhere here – but yo, I need somebody who can tell me things in an intelligent, academia style so that I feel like things can get out of my chest.

Here, let’s have a nice quote from Minxin Pei’s article:

“When things go wrong – as is likely, given mounting social strains caused by rising inequality, environmental degradation, and deteriorating public services – China’s alienated masses could become politically radicalized. And, unlike past protests, which have usually been allied with students or members of the intelligentsia, popular disaffection might not have the virtue of rational leaders with whom the government could talk and negotiate.

If you talk to a 65-plus old folk in Hong Kong about this, his likely response would be “Hey that’s the way it is. It’s the leftist. They can do whatever they want.”

And that’s exactly where it’s going wrong: we are so desensitized to the problems in China. Not only we don’t hear everything about it, ‘cause not all are reported. But the situation is so chaotic that damn, I get tired thinking about it. So at the end, “that’s just the way it is”.

And here we are, living in Hong Kong, where most people – and I mean the people who influence this city politically and financially, like that someone who made a well established medical school go by his name with his 1 Billion HKD check – tend to think that in order to continue with our declining prosperity and economic success, we need to work closely with China. We need communication with our motherland. We need to rely on our roots – and that, implies not going up against it. Stability comes first. So that when business in Hong Kong starts to get a little better, they can come out on 1st of July and say: “Democracy ain’t as good as stability. Watch some soccer and enjoy yourselves. It’s celebration, bitches”.

Well, this stability might just be the “delayed inevitable”. Bitch.


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