January 11, 2006

Political Systems in China

Here’s a short article from the American Prospect on China, capitalism and authoritarianism.

So where are the Chinese communists? They’re in government. The communist party is the only party there is. China doesn’t have freedom of speech or freedom of the press. It doesn’t tolerate dissent. Authorities can arrest and imprison people who threaten stability, as the party defines it. Any group that dares to protest is treated brutally. There are no civil liberties, no labor unions, no centers of political power outside the communist party.

China shows that when it comes to economics, the dividing line among the world’s nations is no longer between communism and capitalism. Capitalism has won hands down. The real dividing line is no longer economic. It’s political. And that divide is between democracy and authoritarianism. China is a capitalist economy with an authoritarian government.

Read it in full here. (via Political Theory Daily)

Does anyone know the extent to which limitations on freedom of movement, association and speech are disliked amongst the Chinese population in newly industrialised regions? Are growing incomes and lower poverty yielding enough satisfaction to compensate for an overbearing state?


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