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Monday, November 10, 2008
Perhaps this will disabuse the CCP admirers
The Chinese Communist Party has, IMHO, gotten far more praise on this blog than it deserves for supposedly "free-market" policies - much of which has been a ruse.
I await the condemnation from these folks as the cadres have now decided to unload 15% of the nation's GDP on pork-barrel projects and other nonsense.
Meanwhile, thanks to this, I will once again resume my role as Chief of the ADQ apologists (American division).
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I think you mistake praise for any one of the CCP's policies as praise for the CCP itself. Certainly the Chinese people are not free and the heavy hand of communism needs to be cast aside.
That said, refusing to cheer for ANY progress (such as, say, allowing freer trade and privately owned businesses, which makes the Chinese people more prosperous in spite of their government) is a bit like a free trade advocate refusing to cheer for trade agreements because, really, there shouldn't be any trade agreements in a free market.
We can cheer for things that make the overall lot of the people better while still agreeing that the overall condition they're stuck in is terrible.
Posted by: Janet | 2008-11-10 12:54:34 PM
The title and content of the post is extremely misleading, D.J. No one on the Shotgun "admires" the CCP. I think *despising* the CCP is a pre-condition of being permitted to post on here.
But there's no reason not to cover capitalist progress in China, and no reason not to call it what it is--progress.
Posted by: P.M. Jaworski | 2008-11-10 3:57:14 PM
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