Why China Does Capitalism Better Than the U.S.

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    A most interesting article. When I was working in China in 2000 I would tease my Chinese friends telling them, "In some ways China is more capitalistic than America."

    If I live another decade it will be interesting to see if China's next generation of leaders are as adept as their current leaders in making decision on their economy. The next generation of leaders in China are going to face some tremendous internal social problems. Some of those problems have shown their face in their universities.

     
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    China is *NOT* doing "Capitalism" they are doing State Sponsered Business...

    There is a *very* big difference...

    First, those that create and work in the Chinese system, unless they are the political elite, share in very little of the benefits of their creativity.

    The "state" owns it all, the patents and results, everything...

    Not Captialism at all!
     
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    Your understanding of China was pretty accurate until Deng Xioping instituted economic reforms. Those have been tweaked as time passed. The old state run industries are almost all gone. Capitalism has taken over and China has benefited greatly. China was a basket case until the reforms were instituted. Deng did away with the two currency policy and allowed private companies to start-up and make a profit. This led to the founding of the Chinese stock market. Joint venture companies were impossible before Deng. They are the driving force of the Chinese economic system now and are quite important to many American companies ... just ask WalMart.

    Even politically there has been change. The government does not mettle in an individual personal lives nearly to the extent it did under Mao. The old block captains no longer exist. An article in Foreign Policy says it better than I am able to.

    The government does manipulate its currency. We do the same, but not nearly to the same extent.

    What the central government in Beijing will not tolerate is dissent. They come down quickly and hard on anything or anyone they see as a political threat. As long as a person is not viewed as a dissenter he is pretty well left alone.
     
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    Remember C.T.Boy telling us we didn't know how socialism works. This is sure ironic.

    But I don't expect liberals to understand how capitalism works.
     
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    Instead of simply making a snide remark please enlighten us on your understand of the economic system operating within China today.

    If the Chinese economic system is socialist or communist why is it being so successful? And if it is so successful why do you oppose it as a system? I am not speaking of a political system, or civil freedoms but an economic system.
     
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    You can't remove civil freedoms from the analysis when judging an economic system.

    And what happended to your concern about man made global warming?

    Shouldn't that be an important consideration in your admiration of China's economy?
     
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    Why not? We are not talking about civil rights, but about economic policy, how companies are run and economic policies of the government. The Chinese Communist Party saw that when capitalism and socialism is compared as an economic system capitalism wins hands down. So they changed the economic policy.

    There is no longer competition between socialism and capitalism, capitalism has won. It has different faces in different places, but capitalism has won!

    The competition now, the big question now is between democracy and authoritarianism.

     
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    C.T.Boy can. As long as big brother benefits, who cares about the people they step on.

    How many millions of starved Chinese children are ok with you, C.T.Boy ?
     
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    As your article pointed out - if China decides that they want to build a dam requiring the forced relocation of a million people - they just go ahead and do it.

    Is that the kind of economic system that you admire?

    One in which personal liberties and rights are second to the whims of the government economic planners?
     
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    And our government does not do the same thing? Try opposing a new highway or bridge, etc.

    And, sadly, the Three Gorges Dam, was something that Mao wanted and it was the old hard liners in the 1990's that pushed it through, not the new generation. It was already underway in 1995 when I worked in Xi'an for 6 months. The current leaders were just youngsters in the Party at that time. Now they are stuck with it and the problems is has caused.

     
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    Did you even read your own article?

    Oppose the government in China and go straight to prison or face execution.

    There is no vote.

    This is no recourse.

    There are no lawyers or courts to go to.

    There are no injunctions to halt projects.

    There is no free press or court of public opinon to pressure the government to change it's mind.

    If the conditions were the same in the US you would be screaming bloody murder. (Uh oh - am I in violation of the new civility laws?)

    What happened to your concern about global warming?

    If companies in the US were starting up a bunch of coal burning plants you would be having a stroke.

    But when China is doing it you admire them because they are doing captialism better !!!
     
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    What a monumentally ignorant viewpoint. Quasar-ignorant. Meta-ignorant.

    I have friends and former youth who have served as "missionaries" (Not officially, mind you), in China. Several in the last few years.

    They laughed at this.

    But hey...at least we know Crabby's desire for the US, don't we?

    Sad, it is...
     
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    Beijing (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Hundreds of workers at a factory in Wuhan, Hubei, clashed for hours with police in anti-riot gear. They were trying to prevent their company boss from fleeing aided by police before back wages were paid. In the meantime, the authorities ban media from reporting public unrest or social problems that might tarnish China’s image.
    Wuhan 3541 Garment General Factory made uniforms for the People’s Liberation Army, but went bust in 2007, laying off more than 4,000 workers. Since then, they have been waiting for back wages.
    Quoting a local source, Radio Free Asia reported that protesters each want 30,000 to 40,000 yuan of housing subsidy and the moving allowance, which the factory had promised to pay, as well as an accounting on what will happen to the factory.
    On Monday, more than 1,500 workers blocked streets around the factory, calling for the company boss to pay them after so many years. They also tried to prevent him from leaving the plant under police escort.
    “At around 6.30pm on Monday, some riot policemen came and attempted to take Sun [the head of the office] away," Zhang Jian, a local resident, said. This led to clashes that lasted hours and at least five people injured.
    According to 2008 data, at least 84,000 mass incidents caused by economic reasons break out on average every year in China. Chinese workers are poorly protected and street protests are commonplace for workers waiting for back pay.
    However, for some observers the authorities are usually more concerned about the bad publicity social unrest might cause than finding solutions to its underlying problems.


    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chin...dia-from-reporting-social-problems-20550.html
     
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    reconsidered
     
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    Kind of like the Haymarket Riot in the US in 1886. Remember the coal field wars in WV? I had ancestors who were involved in that one. They were coalminers. Did you know that during the coal field wars the US government bombed the miners. That was the only time our government actually bombed its own people.



    China is having problems of this type because they do not have workers protection regulations in place to protect those workers from unbridled Capitalism. That was the same problem in bygone days in the US. Remember the Robber Baron era in US history?
     
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    So China "does capitalism better" because it is unbridled?
     
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    Que lastima!! Babylon is falling, falling. What we need is for the Antichrist to take over completely. Our real problem is: we are very perturbed that our quest for uncertain riches has been thwarted by a mound of toxic assets. Fear not, WallyMart is still buying 80% of our consumer goods from Mainland China--while many of our consumer goods workers are unemployed--which makes more toxic assets.

    The ones with the gold/crude oil seem to be doing pretty well. We are paying over $3 for a gallon of distilled hydrocarbons--again. The stockholders are loving it.

    The Chinese El Presidente is currently in Washington D.C. Our C in C seems unable to get much commitment for change in Chinese economic practice. I wonder: what would happen if we stopped buying from Walmart for a month? Yeah, a concerted boycott of Chinese goods. Our unemployment rate would certainly rise. Would the powers that be get the message? The body politic still has more clout than those who govern. Re: last congressional election.

    Perhaps the merchants of this country need China--the consumers do not.

    Greed is still the driving force for all of these economic/political posturings.

    Even so, come Lord Jesus.

    Selah,

    Bro. James
     
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    So its currency & trade manipulate floating there capitalism. Plus they have no unions...only slave labor
     
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