China’s president: You know what this nation really needs? More Mao!

posted at 5:31 pm on August 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

When China’s new president Xi Jinping began his tenure earlier this year, he made all of the usual and grandiose promises a new leader often makes about about fostering a more transparent and less corrupt people’s government, building a more equitable society and economy, bolstering the rule of law, blah blah blah.

What Xi is actually doing, all too predictably, is following the well-tread path of communist and authoritarian history by ensuring the cushy status quo and protecting the plutocratic upper-crust that is the Chinese communist party — because that, of course, is all communism in practice has every really been about. All of that hyper-jingoistic language about class-free and economic “equality” and “glorious revolutions” and whatever else is a bunch of horse hockey that wealthy and powerful authoritarians use to brainwash the masses… which pretty accurately sums up exactly what’s happening here. Via the WSJ:

On a visit here in July, Chinese President Xi Jinping went to a lakeside villa where Mao Zedong spent summers in the 1950s enjoying such luxuries as a swimming pool and air conditioning. Opening a new exhibition there that makes no mention of the millions who died under Mao’s leadership, Mr. Xi declared that the villa should be a center for educating youth about patriotism and revolution. …

In fact, he appears to be doubling down on China’s authoritarian political model, while borrowing elements of Mr. Bo’s Maoist revivalism and media-savvy politics to boost his own stature and revive public support for the party, according to political insiders and analysts. …

The new Chinese leadership has also ordered officials to combat the spread of “seven serious problems” including universal values, press freedom, civil society and judicial independence. …

On the political front, however, Mr. Xi has shown no sign of considering even limited liberalization, party insiders say. “Xi is really starting to show his true colors,” said one childhood friend who recalls Mr. Xi spending hours reading books on Marxist and Maoist theory as a teenager. “I think this is just the beginning.”

Read on for the many despicable plans that Xi and the communist have in mind for cracking down on “constitutionalism,” “purifying” the Party, suppressing ideas for politically liberalizing reforms, and etcetera. It’s nothing really new, but here’s a hint: If the United States lived by China’s ‘laws,’ I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.


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…we have Mao here!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

“Time to break the glasnost ceiling.” — average Chinese citizen

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2013 at 5:39 PM

If the United States lived by China’s ‘laws,’ I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.

The Democrats are moving as fast as they can. Just give them some more time.

sharrukin on August 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

They can have our Mao.

VorDaj on August 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Opening a new exhibition there that makes no mention of the millions who died under Mao’s leadership

Why doesn’t this say “were murdered by Mao”?

It’s not like they all had car accidents or were all eaten by sharks.

itsnotaboutme on August 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

If the United States lived by China’s ‘laws,’ I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.

ObamaMao did say if congress didn’t act, he would. I think Hotgas is pretty far down on his list anyway.

VorDaj on August 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

All of that hyper-jingoistic language about class-free and economic “equality” and “glorious revolutions” and whatever else is a bunch of horse hockey that wealthy and powerful Democrat authoritarians use to brainwash the masses

VorDaj on August 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

It’s nothing really new, but here’s a hint: If the United States lived by China’s ‘laws,’ I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.

You say that as if it isn’t a strong possibility under the current regime. How naive you must be. Jews in Germany had much the same outlook in the 1930s.

Happy Nomad on August 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

The only difference between Obama and this guy is that Obama presides over an armed population.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

SO now there are two Zeros in the world.

As an aside, I’ve always viewed those who think that China (or any other communist country) is no longer communist as deluded.

OldEnglish on August 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

What Xi is actually doing, all too predictably, is following the well-tread path of communist and authoritarian history by ensuring the cushy status quo and protecting the plutocratic upper-crust that is the Chinese communist party — because that, of course, is all communism in practice has every really been about.
Isn’t that what we do when we argue that voting is the method to reign in our government?

astonerii on August 17, 2013 at 6:05 PM

What Xi is actually doing, all too predictably, is following the well-tread path of communist and authoritarian history by ensuring the cushy status quo and protecting the plutocratic upper-crust that is the Chinese communist party — because that, of course, is all communism in practice has every really been about.

Isn’t that what we do when we argue that voting is the method to reign in our government?

bad strike, bad strike…

astonerii on August 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM

The difference between the communist elite in China and the American governmental elites and their groupies in the US media is becoming smaller and smaller.

rickyricardo on August 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Mao?

Making a comeback??

I still have my Little Red Book.

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. — Mao, 1938″

Take that, peaceniks!

I, for one, welcome our new overlords…as I am deeply imbued with proper thoughts and ideals.

coldwarrior on August 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I find Hellmans is the best

gerrym51 on August 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I, for one, welcome our new overlords…as I am deeply imbued with proper thoughts and ideals.

coldwarrior on August 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Those home lobotomy kits work wonders for liberals, don’t they?

Liam on August 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

No one will hire me again.

mickytx on August 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Woest you.

mickytx on August 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

The Chinese have the intelligence to do real damage to us in Asia and therefore any war gaming done, any grand strategy for the U.S. in the 21st century must have them at the top of the list. They are more important than Russia, or anyone else. Anyone who says Russia, or something even dumber like Syria or Iran, needs to have their heads examined. Every weapon system we build, movement of military assets, and any conflict we get into, we must first ask how will this impact our ability to stop China if they would start a war in Asia. They are planning to eject us from that part of the world, and we need to be ready.

This is actually the number one reason why I feel we must stop wasting time and military assets in Middle East. We are clearly going to have to cut our military, hopefully most of those cuts will be in the Army, but we can still be number one military power in the world if we don’t keep dividing our forces and focus on places that have no strategic use to the United States. That means the Islamic world.

In life we all have to make a choice of what is most important when spending our money. That goes for individuals, families, government programs, and yes to the super hawks out there…the military.

I say the Big Leagues in the 21st century is in Asia, the Middle East is Single A…

William Eaton on August 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Uh, huh. You won’t be surprised in the least.

mickytx on August 17, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Where is Dark Current to blame the USA…

ladyingray on August 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

I find Hellmans is the best

gerrym51 on August 17, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I understand that DNC head Debbie Does D.C. uses that on her hair.

“Known as Best Foods west of the Rockies”.

Del Dolemonte on August 17, 2013 at 6:38 PM

If the United States lived by China’s ‘laws,’ I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.

The Democrats are moving as fast as they can. Just give them some more time.

sharrukin on August 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Of course HA could not exist in China, but the sad fact is that HA (and a typical day’s posts) could not exist in Canada either.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Mao?

Making a comeback??

I still have my Little Red Book.

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. — Mao, 1938″

Take that, peaceniks!

I, for one, welcome our new overlords…as I am deeply imbued with proper thoughts and ideals.

coldwarrior on August 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

I noticed an article last week about one of the former SSR’s taking a Stalin statue out of storage and refurbishing it for display.

Mao has about 80 million murdered in his column, and Uncle Joe about 60 million of his own citizens. Quite a week.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

What Xi is actually doing, all too predictably, is following the well-tread path of communist and authoritarian history by ensuring the cushy status quo and protecting the plutocratic upper-crust that is the Chinese communist party — because that, of course, is all communism in practice has every really been about.

True and ironically they use an uneducated underclass to act as their army of revolutionaries.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Xi is really starting to show his true colors,” said one childhood friend who recalls Mr. Xi spending hours reading books on Marxist and Maoist theory as a teenager. “I think this is just the beginning.”

PS: Gee, kinda like the guy who wants to be Bulworth.

Buy Danish on August 17, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Maybes they could Import in:

MAO MuslimBrotherHoodIsts!!
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Er,wait,I B*stardized that!

canopfor on August 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

MeanWhile,……………………

China, Japan disputed islands

Japanese nationalists sail close to islands in East China Sea in dispute with China – @Reuters

20 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
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By Ruairidh Villar

EAST CHINA SEA | Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:24pm EDT
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(Reuters) – Five boats carrying about 20 members of a Japanese nationalist group arrived on Sunday in waters near tiny islands in the East China Sea at the center of a dispute between Japan and China, a move that risks escalating tensions between the two nations.
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/17/us-japan-china-islands-idUSBRE97G0B220130817?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

canopfor on August 17, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Yeah, because the Mao Thing works where ever it has EVER been tried /s

PJ Emeritus on August 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

…we have Mao here!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I don’t see much difference other than the nighttime disappearances and a few other unsavory things.

We have a president that thinks he is Mugabe and unelected shit head bureaucrats. The repubs serve as towel boys and some of them are downright cheap crack head prostitutes.

arnold ziffel on August 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Egypt championing Coptic Christians while Obama plays Nero

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham should take lessons in courage from Egyptian defense minister Col. Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who has vowed to rebuild Coptic Churches destroyed by the Muslim Brotherhood.

VorDaj on August 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM

VorDaj:

Yup,Hopeys on the Golf Clown Circuit:)
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Obama golfs with comedian Larry David,
gets family beach time on final full day of vacation
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By Associated Press, Updated:
Saturday, August 17, 6:35 PM
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OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — President Barack Obama is wrapping up his Martha’s Vineyard vacation by playing golf with comedian Larry David.

The president hit the links Saturday with an unlikely foursome that includes David, former U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and businessman Glenn Hutchins, a part owner of the Boston Celtics.

Obama has golfed most days during his weeklong getaway, which ends Sunday. Obama spent a couple hours Saturday morning with his wife and daughters on a private beach on the island’s south shore.
The first family is staying in a secluded four-bedroom rental home in Chilmark. The president has kept a low profile during his stay. He spoke out publicly only once, to condemn escalating violence in Egypt.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/first-family-heads-to-private-south-shore-beach-on-last-day-of-marthas-vineyard-vacation/2013/08/17/523c5eba-0753-11e3-bfc5-406b928603b2_story.html

canopfor on August 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

…we have Mao here!

KOOLAID2 on August 17, 2013 at 5:36 PM

KOOLAID2:Sadly,..Yes:)

canopfor on August 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

President Obama’s Communications Director, Anita Dunn -> Thrilled.

Resist We Much on August 17, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The only difference between Obama and this guy is that Obama presides over an armed population.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Yeah? You think? Try to organize. Watch what happens.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Mousie Dung.

The Rogue Tomato on August 17, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Yeah? You think? Try to organize. Watch what happens.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Not really sequitur. Even an unorganized armed population is an armed population. I don’t know how “organized” it is supposed to be, and I’m not all that certain I want it too organized.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

The only difference between Obama and this guy is that Obama presides over an armed population.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Yeah? You think? Try to organize. Watch what happens.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:12 PM

“War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun.”~Mao

“The people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history.”~Mao

You just stay home and suck your thumb, Cleo.

2nd Amendment Bucket List

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

… I’m not all that certain I want it too organized.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Yep. Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

and I’m not all that certain I want it too organized.

Buddahpundit on August 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

If you don’t get organized, you’ll never defeat the regime.

What? You think a thousand or two or three “lone gunmen” are going to mysteriously arise and take our targets of opportunity at random?

You’re dreaming. This administration is not worried about thousands of armed citizens when they know, at a moment’s notice (and it will be at THEIR moment’s notice) they can disarm them.

Study what happened to the White Russians.

You just stay home and suck your thumb, Cleo.

2nd Amendment Bucket List

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

and you just stay at home fantasizing that you are a free man because you have a gun in your closet.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

gun in your closet.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Not in the closet, Cleo.

You just keep on bending over and grabbing your ankles.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM

*I* am not your enemy.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

*I* am not your enemy.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Didn’t consider you to be such..

But I have a hard time considering you a compatriot with your defeatist mindset.

I may go down, but I’ll go down fighting.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

III%

Solaratov on August 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

As an aside, I’ve always viewed those who think that China (or any other communist country) is no longer communist as deluded.

OldEnglish on August 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Most Americans haven’t cared one way or another about Communists since the 1950s when Senator McCarthy was destroyed and the media embarked on a sanitation campaign-you know, the whole Red Scare stuff was just silly, “Communist witch hunts”, etc.

They’re doing it to this day.

The funny thing is (in a way) that the politics that the average American chooses to ignore in favor of living a feel good lifestyle is that it is their ignorance about such things which is slowly destroying us.

If things get as bad as the alarmists say, the sheeple will still not be concerned about what’s going on at any intellectual level, and will do anything the PTB tell them to in order to survive…hopefully with cell phone systems and mainstream entertainment fully intact.

Makes me wonder what those of us that choose to be informed are going to do then? There’s not that many of us.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 7:50 PM

You’re right. If the PTB do decide to take more drastic measures, they’ll simply issue warrants for made up crimes that the local PD will gladly act on…everything from drug dealing to raping children…pick ‘em up one at a time.

And as we’ve seen here in many, many posts our mentality is “guilty until proven innocent…and probably guilty anyway.”

Who’s going to come to the aid of someone arrested on a warrant for rape or being a drug dealer?

Not I.

All they have to do is target the militia leaders and others that could be leaders. They know who they are. They have informers everywhere and of course can monitor ALL electronic communications. Everyone else will buckle.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

III%

Solaratov on August 17, 2013 at 8:11 PM

That’s all it takes.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

That and 1 MOA.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM

If you would, all and everyone, or no one, wrap your loving arms ’round me.
kinda important. ;D
Thankfulness will seem — what? , of course, as I am wont to do.

Don’t ‘hovearound. No dubes, though I could take a puff…

Arms around me. You have no idea of that. Fruition.
A job, isn’t a job, is it? Nope. I hate, but then I remember how little I know.
Practically, nothing 30 years later. Pfft!

If you all would, thank you.

mickytx on August 17, 2013 at 8:31 PM

One has to wonder at the Chinese buying into Mao’s “we’re all in this together” crap. They were starving, he was FAT.

GarandFan on August 17, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Where is Dark Current to blame the USA…

ladyingray on August 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Too busy celebrating.

Steve Eggleston on August 17, 2013 at 10:08 PM

But I have a hard time considering you a compatriot with your defeatist mindset.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Defeatist? Hah. You wish.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

When we were in DC on the day they voted for Obamacare, they had the Capitol building crawling with paramilitaries armed with automatic weapons – there were about 3, maybe 4,000 Tea Party types, moms and pops exercising their Constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and dissent. There were roaming young people going through the crowd taking facial pictures surreptitiously.

Yes, they know who we are. And they are serious about it.

Meanwhile, we crack jokes on QOTD.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Maybe Xi is only going all Mao to impress Obama.

Adjoran on August 18, 2013 at 2:13 AM

I’m not seeing the problem. Mao is great, no question. I like it on a BLT most of all!

apostic on August 18, 2013 at 5:55 AM

What Xi is actually doing, all too predictably, is following the well-tread path of communist and authoritarian history by ensuring the cushy status quo and protecting the plutocratic upper-crust that is the Chinese communist party — because that, of course, is all communism in practice has every really been about

sounds just like Obama. somedays I wonder why more people don’t see the similariites.

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:03 AM

They have informers everywhere and of course can monitor ALL electronic communications. Everyone else will buckle.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

If anyone believes differently just look at the real world example of Boston. 4 million people quietly buckled to the stormtroopers that day.

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

All of that hyper-jingoistic language about class-free and economic “equality” and “glorious revolutions” and whatever else is a bunch of horse hockey that wealthy and powerful authoritarians use to brainwash the masses

which btw is excatly what the Dem and GOPe do everyday to us sheep.

so we have a communist ruling party in Dc in all but name.

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I think it’s safe to say that HotAir would probably not exist, and I would probably be in jail.

unless you and other bloggers start connecting the dots and understand how the present gov in DC is excatly like the communist thugs then yes you will be in jail in the near future and hotair will be banned. And us commentors will also be joining you in jail. It’s time to wake up people and understand how the marxists have taken over every aspect of our government and entertainment complex, education complex and the MSM.

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Been predicting this for years. The hardliners are going to make a comeback as China’s population imbalance finally hits home for keeps.

Not gonna be very pretty for all the American fatcats who decided it would be a smart idea to outsource jobs to a land where the Little Red Books had scarcely gone out of style. Unfortunately, being right won’t bring our factories or jobs back.

MelonCollie on August 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

“On the political front, however, Mr. Xi has shown no sign of considering even limited liberalization, party insiders say. ‘Xi is really starting to show his true colors,’ said one childhood friend who recalls Mr. Xi spending hours reading books on Marxist and Maoist theory as a teenager. ‘I think this is just the beginning.’”

Again – anyone who believes that China is no longer communist is mistaken. It’s worth remembering that Marx preached that a nation must utilize capitalist economic means in order to accumulate the massive wealth needed for the move toward “pure” communism. In this way, China is likely practicing the most ideologically consistent model of communist development possible.

We’re utterly unprepared for this challenge. What’s most galling is that we are in this condition purely by choice. We have absolutely no “China Policy”; instead, the U.S. has no fewer than three (often contradictory) policies toward China. The State Dept. has (finally) begun to take on a more skeptical view of China’s diplomatic thuggery across Asia (though there are never any real consequences resulting from verbal scolding), the Department of Defense has decided that China is the most likely “main enemy” for the next several decades, and is trying to plan accordingly, but these two views are blunted by the actions by the Dept. of the Treasury, which – by both its actions (continually giving China the benefit of the doubt in trade matters) and inaction (consistently refusing to stop joint U.S./China corporate partnerships in sensitive technological fields) – is actively taking part in the largest transfer of wealth in human history, while serving to boost both the tactical and strategic capabilities of a totalitarian government that is likely to become ever more confrontational with the U.S. as time goes on. Our current course is madness.

jakeller74 on August 18, 2013 at 9:40 AM

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Exactly. The vast majority have already acquired the proper mindset. We are the minority.

Itr reminds me of the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians. It was days, maybe weeks before the man on the street knew that a change of administration had occurred. And by then they were ok with it because their own personal situation hadn’t seemed to change.

Cleombrotus on August 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

But I have a hard time considering you a compatriot with your defeatist mindset.

davidk on August 17, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Defeatist? Hah. You wish.

Cleombrotus on August 17, 2013 at 11:10 PM

No, I don’t.

davidk on August 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

davidk on August 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

I don’t understand why you think correctly assessing one’s situation is a defeatist attitude.

In combat, if you don’t correctly assess, you’re dead.

Cleombrotus on August 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Of course HA could not exist in China, but the sad fact is that HA (and a typical day’s posts) could not exist in Canada either.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2013 at 6:42 P

M

It is good to recognize the freedom we have

thebrokenrattle on August 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

but the sad fact is that HA (and a typical day’s posts) could not exist in Canada either.

slickwillie2001 on August 17, 2013 at 6:42 P

M

It is good to recognize the freedom we have

thebrokenrattle on August 18, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It’s better to recognize how close we are to losing it.

Cleombrotus on August 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Where is Dark Current to blame the USA…

ladyingray on August 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Are you kidding? Me blame the only perfectly blameless country ever over a typical Sinophobic rant completely unrelated to the USA?

You must’a been hittin’ the JD a little early there hillbilly.

DarkCurrent on August 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM

unless you and other bloggers start connecting the dots and understand how the present gov in DC is excatly like the communist thugs then yes you will be in jail in the near future and hotair will be banned. And us commentors will also be joining you in jail. It’s time to wake up people and understand how the marxists have taken over every aspect of our government and entertainment complex, education complex and the MSM.

unseen on August 18, 2013 at 8:12 AM

I am awake and have understood what you describe since reading “Atlas Shrugged” at age 17 (although even I am shocked at just how rapidly we’ve descended to this point). What do you propose to do, besides waking up?

yubley on August 18, 2013 at 1:28 PM

On the political front, however, Mr. Xi has shown no sign of considering even limited liberalization, party insiders say.

Oh, they are being liberal alright.

Been predicting this for years. The hardliners are going to make a comeback as China’s population imbalance finally hits home for keeps.

MelonCollie on August 18, 2013 at 9:19 AM

The conventional wisdom has been they will go to war with India (and/or Japan) to burn off the excess males.

Anyway, so much for the internet leading to freedom…

StubbleSpark on August 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

The conventional wisdom has been they will go to war with India (and/or Japan) to burn off the excess males.

Anyway, so much for the internet leading to freedom…

StubbleSpark on August 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Based informal surveys I’ve conducted on the ground the conventional wisdom here is that 8% or so will either have to go gay or alternatively frequent the not-too-uncommon “massage parlours”.

DarkCurrent on August 18, 2013 at 2:33 PM

The conventional wisdom has been they will go to war with India (and/or Japan) to burn off the excess males.

StubbleSpark on August 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Japan at least has their version of the Channel, and the insane amount of boats required couldn’t appear without some kind of forewarning. But I would be darn nervous living in India right about now…or even on the Russian border.

MelonCollie on August 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Anyway, so much for the internet leading to freedom…

StubbleSpark on August 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Don’t get me started. What a bunch of baloney that was…we’ll sooner see Afghanistan become a “Mcdonald’s democracy.”

MelonCollie on August 18, 2013 at 2:48 PM

It would be interesting to see a post by Erika about the explosive growth of internet usage in China. Hopefully soon, before we lose access to HotGas or I run out of breath.

DarkCurrent on August 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM