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Obama is a socialist with Chinese Characteristics

Deng Xiaoping, decades ago:

Planning and market forces are both ways of controlling economic activity.

Me, years ago:

In the contemporary, Chinese view of socialism, the government acts as both a regulator to and a competitor in major industries. For instance, Xinhua is a large news bureau and a regulator of news bureau. The old Ministry of Communications both ran a large national cell phone system, and regulated portable telephony. In this way, the government can subject the economy to national control while avoiding some of the inefficiencies (such as labor protection) that come from turning workers into public servants. Obama is a socialist in the Chinese sense.

Lexington Green, days ago:

But what if the final state is not democratic capitalism? What if convergence is right after all? What if Soviet communism fell apart and turned into a mafia state run by an alliance of government and favored businesses, which control the country by corruption and intimidation, a nomenklatura that strips out all the value in the country on behalf of a well-connected elite, immiserating everyone else. This amoral, vicious, greed-driven, undemocratic dystopia is what we are now converging toward. It is an Orwellian future, with an Inner Party of senior politicians and business executives, an Outer Party of government employees and business managers, and a vast, despoiled, proletariat with no opportunities, or assets or future. It sounds like the world Mr. Obama is brazenly pushing us toward. It also sounds like a future that no Republican has so far dared to point to, to name, to denounce and to oppose — because they would prefer to be in on the game than take the risks inherent in opposing it.

As I said in the comments, Everything except the remarks about the “despoiled proletariat” also describes the People’s Republic of China.

The greatest philosophical difference between People’s Republic President Hu Jintao and United States President Barack Obama appears to be that Hu believes that the generation of wealth is a fundemental social virtual. President Obama, on the other hand, believs that the destribution of wealth is such a virtue.

Before those Nobel Prizes…

If Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party (and also President of the People’s Republic of China) Hu Jintao and Chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (and also President of the Republic of China) Ma Ying-jeou can sign a peace agreement between their parties, ending the Chinese Civil War, they should both earn the Nobel Peace Prize.

If such an events happens, the wise leadership of Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama on intenrational matters will be contributing factors to that peace.

Currently both the Communists and the Nationalists are acting in ways that are embarrasing to themselves. So, for example

Hopefully, both the Communists and Nationalists can continue to mature, and put peace (and their peoples interests!) first.

The Kennedy Analogy

Supporters of Barack Obama, who acknowledge Obama’s deception of naivte on crucial issues, nonetheless defend him because he is part of a “new generation.” Obama is like Kennedy, we are told, and so will learn on the job, leading to a fundamentally better American policy.

Now, Kennedy was preceded by Eisenhower (who continued the Cold War), and was followed by Johnson (who continued the Cold War), so I am not entirely sure what these people are talking about. Still, it’s enlightening to see other leaders who have been hopefully compared to Kennedy.

Hu [Jintao, 胡锦涛] is at the forefront of a new generation of Chinese leaders. There is almost a determination among China’s well-wishers to find in him the sort of freshness and dynamism still associated with the coming of John F. Kennedy to the American presidency in 1961. The analogy is not completely fanciful. With Hu, as with Kennedy, teh torch is has been passed from an older generation to a younger one. Born in 1942, Hu grew up after the communists came to power. He is the first Chinese leader of whom this can be said. He was already being groomed for the top job when in his forties, and came to the Chinese presidency with a reputation as someone, somewhat like Kennedy, who was highly articulate, able to listen to advice, and keen to gather intelligent people around him.

(Thanks to Lexington Green of Chicago Boyz for sending me the book this quote is from, page 174 of Thunder from the Silent Zone.)

A bit later, the book compares Hu Jintao instead to Peter Stolypin, who shared Hu’s basic political beliefs and existed in a similar politico-economics environment. Unsurprisingly, the comparison to Stolypin holds up better.

So instead of comparigon Obama to Kennedy because both are young, who is it better to compare Obama too? Who shares his basic politico-economic beliefs, and lived in a similar politico-economic environment?

China Detains Dissidents

China Detains 3 Who Criticized Government,” by Joseoph Kahn, New York Times, 14 December 2004, Online at http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/14/international/asia/14china.html. (Linked to on the Drudge Report)

China is modernizing country. It has gone a long way since Mao. Its economy is very free and the people are connecting themselves to the Internet. Recently, China launched very high powered cell phone transmissions into North Korea, allowing dissidents to make cheap and hard-to-trace phone calls to the outside world and one another. And then you hear about something like this:

BEIJING, Dec. 13 – The Chinese police on Monday afternoon detained three leading intellectuals who have been critical of the government, apparently stepping up a campaign to silence public dissent.

Yu Jie and Liu Xiaobo, literary figures, and Zhang Zuhua, a political theorist, were detained in raids at their homes, relatives and friends said. Mr. Yu’s relatives were handed a warrant that said he was suspected of “participating in activities harmful to the state,” said his wife, Liu Min.

The detentions were the latest in a string of arrests and official harassment of journalists, writers and scholars who have spoken out against government policies or written articles or essays that officials have deemed damaging.

Since President Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as China’s military chief in September, leaving Mr. Hu in full command of China’s government, ruling party and army, analysts say the political environment has become more repressive. The scope for discussing sensitive topics in the state-run media has decreased, they said, while the authorities appear intent on punishing people who violate unwritten rules about the limits on free speech.

China is still a one-party dictatorship. China bans independent churches of all types. China has onerous censorship laws.

The Middle Kingdom has come a long way, but there is still a long way to go. The only long term solution is to keep increasing the Chinese people’s economic liberty and connectedness, and wait out the old regime.