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Good News: Russia Looking at China for Inspiration

posted at 7:46 am on October 20, 2009 by

Yeah, it’s clear to me that this is exactly what Russia needs right now; government, China-style:

Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Communist Party, Russia’s rulers have hit upon a model for future success: the Communist Party.

Or at least, the one that reigns next door.

Like an envious underachiever,Vladimir V. Putin’s party, United Russia, is increasingly examining how it can emulate the Chinese Communist Party, especially its skill in shepherding China through the financial crisis relatively unbowed.

United Russia’s leaders even convened a special meeting this month with senior Chinese Communist Party officials to hear firsthand how they wield power.

Now, we all knew that Putin and Medvedev weren’t exactly the enlightened chaps the MSM pretend they are, but this goes far. Even for them. The Russian people were nearly destroyed by communism; so what do their new, capitalist rulers do? Right, abolish freedom and repeat the same mistakes their fathers and grandfathers made before them.

Don’t get me wrong. Putin et al. are not communists as such. They’re authoritarians. They don’t want China to tell them how to start a communist revolution. No, they only want to know how they can, and I quote, develop “the Chinese ability to use a one-party system to keep tight control over the country while still driving significant economic growth.”

But that’s not much better, now is it. The Chinese system is extremely authoritarian. If Russia copies China’s one-party rule, the Russian people will once again be doomed to slavery.

And so Putin continues his transformation from strong yet democratic leader, into a dictator who crushes all dissent – violently.

It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so darn sad.

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Well at some point you have to start blaming the Russians themselves. They elected these two men and if they long for freedom they have to earn it – which they really haven’t. The most basic concern for most Russians today is… wait for it… MONEY – not surprisingly since communism ruined all morals and the population lived for decades in envy of the western purchasing power. They continously sell out their freedom and long term opportunities for prosperity in exchange for false promises of better living conditions in the here and now. No wonder that the Russian nation is drinking itself to death.

They are not willing to see that they are in essence a nation with both thirld world problems and first world problems, a post industrialised nation with enormous income variation, non existant instutions (and in the case they do exist, corrupt, ineffective and obnoxious) lack of trust and a seriously unhealthy population.

It is not going to get better either since the political will to better the conditions for the majority population does not exist in the political elite, judging from 1991 onwards.

JC Silverberg on October 26, 2009 at 3:47 AM