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Just goes to show you: It is tough all over!

I am very glad we have a sharp pair of eyes on the Chinese blogosphere. What China is currently undergoing is unprecedented in scope and speed in the world. In 1945 China was still largely a traditional society. Now they are the most curious hybrid ever on display. Fascinating stuff.

For more than 2000 years China had been a single government over many peoples and has ruled through a highly educated Mandrinate. The CPC became the new Mandrins in 1949. The methods used were extremely efficient for the society with which they dealt. But these methods will not work for the type of society to which they wish to transition. Can they create the social infrastructure sufficiently quickly?  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 19th, 2010 at 12:04:01 AM EST
ARGeezer: The CPC became the new Mandrins in 1949. The methods used were extremely efficient for the society with which they dealt. But these methods will not work for the type of society to which they wish to transition.

Absolutely.  But the methods of 1949 were abandoned at least once  (and depending on how you define them, arguably more than once) with the Reform and Opening (改革開放 găigé kāifàng) following Mao's death in 1976.  So far, the post-Mao approach has been working remarkably well for the large majority of the population on the economic front, albeit with horrible consequences for the environment (in turn with effects back onto the population).  At the same time, the extraordinary scale and speed of this success is becoming a curse, having raised the hopes and feelings of entitlement of the entire population, made acute and unrealistic by obscene socioeconomic inequalities.  The question is, by what methods can they manage this manic merry-go-round so that it doesn't fly off the axle?

ARGeezer: Can they create the social infrastructure sufficiently quickly?

That's a big piece of the puzzle.  Another big piece -- subtly related to social infrastructure, I think -- is the psychological outlook, attitudes, customs and behavior of the people, which is what Yì Zhōngtiān discusses in this interview.

The march of civilizations is a series of defenses that man has put up against the dread of pure existence.

by marco on Fri Feb 19th, 2010 at 04:01:33 AM EST
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