China’s new leader: Let’s avoid the Soviet Union’s mistakes and keep this thing locked up

posted at 5:21 pm on February 15, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The jingoistic, self-protecting band of plutocrats currently running China have been talking a tentative but at least slightly encouraging game lately on the possibilities for some free-enterprise and personal-freedom type reforms to the communist country’s institutions, like perhaps lightening up a bit on all of the Internet censorship and allowing their people more access to the ideas of the outside world, or maybe tackling some of the rampant corruption and cronyism that takes a mega-sized bite out of China’s GDP?

Uh huh.

Communism in any of its myriad evil forms doesn’t just work on its own, you know; it takes a lot of brainwashing and freedom-crushing to keep the dream alive, and the Chinese regime is highly touchy about their image control (hence all of those hacks into the United States’ major media outlets recently). They might be talking about maybe, kinda’, possibly, considering introducing legitimate reforms in public, but to keep their plutocracy intact, they know that cracking down on dissent is is still crucial to maintaining their totalitarian hold — and that’s what they’re talking about in private. Via the NYT:

When China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, visited the country’s south to promote himself before the public as an audacious reformer following in the footsteps of Deng Xiaoping, he had another message to deliver to Communist Party officials behind closed doors. …

“Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate? Why did the Soviet Communist Party collapse? An important reason was that their ideals and convictions wavered,” Mr. Xi said…

“Finally, all it took was one quiet word from Gorbachev to declare the dissolution of the Soviet Communist Party, and a great party was gone,” the summary quoted Mr. Xi as saying. “In the end nobody was a real man, nobody came out to resist.”

In Mr. Xi’s first three months as China’s top leader, he has gyrated between defending the party’s absolute hold on power and vowing a fundamental assault on entrenched interests of the party elite that fuel corruption. How to balance those goals presents a quandary to Mr. Xi, whose agenda could easily be undermined by rival leaders determined to protect their own bailiwicks and on guard against anything that weakens the party’s authority, insiders and analysts say.

Obviously, China has seen plenty of growth in recent years, but real liberalizing economic reforms have largely stalled out as party leaders enter panic-mode about how to salvage their own authority and wealth against the incoming tide of an increasingly global economy — and in the struggle to make China more competitive, no doubt they’ll be erring on the side of caution for some time to come.


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and a great party was gone

And there it is….

BallisticBob on February 15, 2013 at 5:24 PM

What’s the difference? The only one I can see is the mob wears suits in Russia and uniforms in China. Other than that it is the same snake with different spots.

Limerick on February 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

China’s new leader: Let’s avoid the Soviet Union’s mistakes and keep this thing locked up

They’re right.

They aren’t going to remain in power without putting the effort to stay there. Being a tyrant don’t come easy, and if you want all the frills then you have to break a few eggs… and heads.

sharrukin on February 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

In the end nobody was a real man

There’s Hell hiding in those words. There’s the guy willing to spend himself, and that guy could go either way. But the guy who says that and means he’s willing to spend you — that guy is a catastrophe. You can expect tractors at some point.

Axe on February 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Corrupt Commies trying to cling to their power and wealth.

albill on February 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

I don’t think they will be able to. Keep this thing locked up that is.

Bmore on February 15, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Question Erika, is what we’re doing and what Europe doing really working for us?

ninjapirate on February 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I have a question for American conservatives…

Which is more conservative… the neo-conservative world view or the Chi-com world view?

ninjapirate on February 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Corrupt Commies trying to cling to their power and wealth.

albill on February 15, 2013 at 5:47 PM

What is the difference between the Corrupt Chinese Communists and America politicians? Not much apparently.

SWalker on February 15, 2013 at 6:06 PM

all it took was one quiet word from Gorbachev to declare the dissolution of the Soviet Communist Party

Perestroika! And all the vastly rich power brokers took their toys and left.

John the Libertarian on February 15, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I don’t think they will be able to. Keep this thing locked up that is.

Bmore on February 15, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I agree. But they might try really hard, hence the eventual tractors.

Axe on February 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

THANK GOODNESS you idiots got rid of the proletariat, right?

You just replaced the “rich” with the “rich political” class and made the other 97% of your country DIRT POOR.

Tony Montana : “I’d kill a communist foh free”

DavidM on February 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Same old, same old.

OldEnglish on February 15, 2013 at 6:28 PM

I agree. But they might try really hard, hence the eventual tractors.

Axe on February 15, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Yep. ; )

Bmore on February 15, 2013 at 6:29 PM

I don’t think we can the Chinese Communist Party a true Communist party. The have over the last 30 years morphed into a government more like National Socialism (although not a perfect analogy). None of this is surprising because both Communist and National Socialist are cut from similar stuff and are both tyrannical. They both hate free market capitalism, both hate democratic government, both hate individual liberty, and both had governments that submitted to the military.

What scares me about China is they look like what Germany was c.1900. A nation that seemed to be on the rise technologically, militarily and economically. Germany seemed to have it all going for it, except it had a government that was rigid, was way too nationalistic (patriotism is good, but not the charge up the hill for no good reason kind) and a inept foreign policy. It led to two World Wars in the 20th century.

Lets hope China finds a way to a more free democratic style government, with the rule of law, and some concept of foreign policy other than…”Asia is ours, all ours”…”Chinese need room to grow”…”We are big country, rest of Asia are small countries”…

Sounds like the same old story from the 20th century, just different people and places.

William Eaton on February 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Lets hope China finds a way to a more free democratic style government, with the rule of law, and some concept of foreign policy other than…”Asia is ours, all ours”…”Chinese need room to grow”…”We are big country, rest of Asia are small countries”…

Sounds like the same old story from the 20th century, just different people and places.

William Eaton on February 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

With one MAJOR difference: millions of men who can’t get laid. This may not only end in war, but in bride-raids the likes of which humankind has never seen.

MelonCollie on February 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Communism in any of its myriad evil forms doesn’t just work on its own, you know; it takes a lot of brainwashing and freedom-crushing to keep the dream alive

…but JugEars and HIS party…are trying to do it RIGHT !

KOOLAID2 on February 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Apparently he’s been paying attention to our illustrious leader- lie to the voters then right your own rules back in DC.

BKeyser on February 15, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Erika, you might be amazed to know that your posts about China are actually visible to 550 million+ internet users in China.

You could even try it yourself if you ever visit China for an actual inside perspective.

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Read: I’ll use the PLA to crush any dissent. Gorby did not the balls to use the Red Army, I have a pair and the PLA. We did it in ’89.

Bubba Redneck on February 16, 2013 at 12:18 AM

China isn’t as strong as it’s leaders think. It has plenty of internal tensions that have nothing to do with views on the historical success or otherwise of communism.

If we don’t pay our bills, they don’t get paid.

We understand that the Chinese leaders are fully prepared to murder their own people if they rebel and nobody knows that better than the Chinese themselves. Overall, not a wise public policy statement.

virgo on February 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

DarkCurrent on February 15, 2013 at 11:03 PM

No matter how much you spin and shirk, you are not getting anyone here to come to an openly Communist nation.

MelonCollie on February 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Communism doesn’t even work on paper. Period. Even Karl Marx admitted this.

Chaz706 on February 17, 2013 at 1:42 AM

No matter how much you spin and shirk, you are not getting anyone here to come to an openly Communist nation.

MelonCollie on February 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Why not? Afraid you might find out it’s not quite what you want to believe?

DarkCurrent on February 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Why not? Afraid you might find out it’s not quite what you want to believe?

DarkCurrent on February 17, 2013 at 8:35 AM

The only thing we’re afraid of in regards to you is that you get replaced with a competent propaganda spewer.

MelonCollie on March 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM