posted on Apr, 25 2011 @ 06:34 AM
Originally posted by paraphi
Of course it is not just Falun Gong or other religions. It is any movement who dares to speak out against the single party, self serving dictatorship
that runs China. You may think that’s OK, if you believe in human rights then it’s not OK. It's a disgrace.
Well, you got that part right. In China, while you theoretically have rights to complain about problems, you have no right to oppose the 1-party
system. That line is a fine one, look at the recent quote by the premier impelling local and provincial authorities to listen to the people and not
Life here is simple. You need to know where the boundaries are so that while the government lives in fear of you, you need not live in fear of them.
Things are actually getting better, but it's 1 step forward, 3/4 of a step back. With 1.35billion people in 56 central government-recognized
nationalities speaking over 150 languages and dialects with a VERY poor wealth distribution and a nation even larger than the US - well it just ain't
that easy. But consider what this place was like in 1980 or 1990 or even 2000. Things are changing, fairly quickly. But no, not quickly enough and
not in some of the ways it should.
The strong central government ruled by one party isn't likely to change any time soon (not in my lifetime). Instead, the party will have to change.
That won't ensure anything like democracy, but it can get a lot better. Hopefully it will and won't end up in the autocratic and criminal mess that
became of the Soviet Union and it's former republics.
Big issues here are corruption (government and non-goverment) and a culture where safety (as in with respect to food for one thing, building quality
another) is just too readily thrown out when there's money to be had. Other issues are environmental (China is having the crisis the US faced in the
1960's but on a much larger scale) and transportation (why are they investing in high-speed rail lines most Chinese cannot afford to use - they need
affordable transit). They need to invest their trillions in ways that will actually make the lives of their citizens better. This is something that
is being talked about a lot and I hope that the government listens.
A billion peasants who are pissed off is one thing, but 100 million middle class and above getting really pissed off is dangerous. As people achieve
more their expectations rise. Money in the bank is only so good if you live in Shanghai, Chongqing or other cites where the air quality on a good day
is off the scale in any US or western European city and you can't trust your food quality, you wouldn't dare drink the water that comes out of the
faucet and you can't trust police to even protect you. These are the problems they must work on.