The Chinese Dream

The recently appointed Chinese president Xi Jinping has recently adopted the popular slogan the “Chinese dream,” which ironically plays on the idealistic American dream where Capitalism allows one to earn his or her money through enterprise without too much government restriction in an ideal setting.  Although China’s government is Communist, their economy is run off of a capitalist model, which makes me question how long the Chinese state structure can last until democracy is finally adopted.  The Chinese Communist Party previously established a number of goals, one of which included, the creation of a “rich, strong, democratic, civilized and harmonious socialist modern country” by 2049 (the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s rule).  In my opinion, this statement is quite contradictory, as the Chinese government cannot be socialist and democratic at the same time.  A democracy incorporates a number of political parties, whereas socialism calls for the dictatorship of the proletariat.  Despite the fact that the Chinese government openly stated that they wanted to establish a democracy in China by 2049, the Chinese state remains heavily sanctioned and has only one political party in government to this day.  In my opinion, the Chinese attempt at Westernizing will ultimately end the Chinese Communist Party’s political and possibly societal supremacy, because the Chinese people will become too educated to allow such a repressive government to rule.  Capitalism has caused the Chinese economy to rapidly expand in past years, which proves that Westernization truly benefited China.  The next step one must take in attaining a successful Western society is representative government.  It makes little sense to invigorate the Chinese masses with the vague yet deliberately Western inspired “Chinese dream,” when the government is unwilling to compromise on their authoritarian ways.  Do you feel that China can Westernize and be a democratic country with the Communist Party still solely in charge of the state?  Is the Chinese government currently stabbing itself in the back by modernizing and using a capitalist economic system?  How long can the government suppress their people until another possible revolution occurs to truly democratize China?

Article: http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21577063-chinas-new-leader-has-been-quick-consolidate-his-power-what-does-he-now-want-his

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2 Responses to The Chinese Dream

  1. mcleverley2015 says:

    I would argue against the idea of sudden revolution sweeping China, if only because the scale of the population so vastly differs from modern revolutions, i.e. internet-enabled uprisings in the Arab Spring. China has seen its rise through careful utilization of capitalist elements, integrating useful parts of the model while trying to stay true to its roots (in some ways, fulfilling their own goals of a hundred years earlier); though the world changes quickly, and the desire for change quicker still, China appears to be seeking a careful balance of change and tradition, even if the tradition is less than half a century old. They open up a free internet cafe here and violently suppress a peaceful (yet possibly subversive) Falun Gong movement there. In essence, China does want to change, and become more western if only for its own economic/power benefit, and the nation itself is at a point where such changes are welcomed, and appease, if not the radicals, then the majority of the masses.

  2. Dr. K says:

    Joe,

    I read this article today, and thought of your post. The author argues that the Chinese model suggests a disconnect between democracy and economic progress. I thought you might be interested.

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