Why Chinese People Don’t Feel Oppressed By Their Authoritative Regime?

One of the top stories from my Quora’s feed is a question in regarding to “why a lot of Chinese people don’t feel oppressed by their regime“, and this topic generates many interesting answers through Quora.  Here in the West, our heart is with democracy, because it’s the ideal that we have been taught and inspired by since childhood.  In practice, true democracy probably isn’t really existed.  In the West, we practice partial democracy, because our system makes it hard for true democracy to flourish.  Otherwise, we would have seen hundreds if not thousands of major political parties that compete for governmental power.  Instead of such thing, we have two major political parties in the United States (i.e., Democrats and the Republicans).  Elsewhere in the West, few major political parties would hold the key to governmental positions.  If we really practice true democracy, the system would be way more complex and chaotic.  The competition for governmental positions would be way more competitive, and ideals would be constantly conflicting each other to create political gridlock of sorts.  Thus, partial democracy is in practice instead.  Freedom of speech, press, and so on would still be considered the core elements that support the partial democracy foundation.  In the East such as in China though, we have seen Chinese people practice a political system in which we in the West think as authoritative regime.

Why Chinese people don’t feel oppressed by their regime?  This question is very interesting, because as China rises the West is wearily trying to understand China more. China is just going to get more powerful, and so the West is concentrating on how to prepare when facing an even more powerful China in the near future.  China isn’t practicing partial democracy, because there is only one political party in China — yet China is still prospering.  Basically, nothing is written in stone in which to set the requirements for partial democracy to be the only path to have a successful political structure.  It seems China is an authoritative regime that listens to people’s wishes and dreams.  Although Chinese government is hell bending on stopping any sort of controversial political views from average and non-average citizens alike, the regime in China does strive to improve everyday people’s lives by nurturing a stable job market, healthy economy, youthful innovative research and development institutions and environment, and so forth.  Meanwhile, China’s one party system is trying to weed out corruptions from within the political party and elsewhere in China.

The Chinese youngsters — who are born after the major upheavals (e.g., Tiananmen Square protest of 1989, cultural revolution during Mao Zedong’s day, etc…) — do not have any experience in hardship as how their parents had experienced before, but they have been taught of how their parents were suffering from the chaoses that occurred in China.  Their parents speak of extreme hunger during Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward movement, because their parents remembered the Great Famine which caused untold amount of deaths that caused by hunger and extreme poverty during those days.  Chinese youngsters can also look at so called democracy states elsewhere around the world that are doing poorly in providing jobs, wealth, and happy life for the citizens, and so they can appreciate that their Chinese government is doing something right which allows them to prosper.  For an example, Chinese youngsters would look at India as a poor, chaotic largest democracy state in the world.  In Africa, Chinese youngsters see how democracy does not put foods on average citizens’ kitchen tables.  Chinese youngsters may dislike their strict government, but they do not yet mind of being disciplined by a strict government as long the Chinese government is doing the right things for the people.

In summary, I think the phrase “people rule” is quite powerful and real, because no matter the political system would be, what matters most is the people within such a system.  Although the system does rule the people, but it’s that the people who are feeding the system.  Without the right people that can intelligently upkeep the system, the system would get corrupted and rotted from the core, and this is when it’s hostile to their own people.  As the people within the system feel uncomfortable and unbreathable, it’s when the people are going to overthrow such a system.  The common sense and fundamentals of decency can be locked away for some time, but it doesn’t mean the unjustness can go on forever.  I think, as long a governmental system in the West or in the East is doing the right things for its people, the system can thrive on for quite some time.  This is why I don’t think we should be surprised to see the Chinese people are proud of their government, because the Chinese are prosper under their current regime.  (I once heard a phrase which speaks of how the Chinese don’t love their government, but they do respect their government.)

 

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Middle Class Is The Saint Of The World

I think the middle class is the saint of world economy.  Middle class’ population is always going to be more abundant than the top 1% and 2% elite classes’ populations of the world.  Why?  It is obvious that it will always be a lot harder and rarer for anyone to make to the top of the class, because the higher you go the more competition you have to face.  This means, it’s harder for anyone to make into the top 1% or 2% of the elite classes.  Thus, my conclusion on this point is that the middle class is the middle way and  the best way to attain the abundance of wealth.  Why?  The more people that are wealthy, the more people can spend the money to promote consumerism, consequently boosting businesses in our small world (i.e., globalization).

Basically, I’m not worrying how wealthier a top 1% or 2% elite class has gotten, but I’m more worrying about how poorer the middle class has gotten.  The middle class is the middle way, and it can either go up or down.  Going up is a positive movement, but going down can only increase the population of the poor.  The poorer people get, the more desperate the people are.  The more desperate people get, the more dangerous people are.  By dangerous I mean people can do just about anything to survive.

History has shown us that the heads of elite classes were guillotined just because the poor were abundant.  Someone got to take the blame for all of the sorrows in the world.  Within our history, the elite classes might not have been so ruthless, but their heads were severed from their bodies for being so wealthy.  Lands and wealth were confiscated by new power and sometimes were distributed in the wrong ways that would not elevate society in general.

Within our history, the poor had made wrong decisions that could shatter earth.  One perfect example would be Hitler’s rise.  I could be wrong as I’m not an expert in the history of World War II and Germany in general, but I think the poor elevated Hitler rise for they had believed in his positive persuasion of making Germany more prosperous in the time in which Germany was experiencing poverty and pessimism.  As we all have known by now that Hitler’s rise gave way to an earth shattering war known as World War II.  Millions of people died in such a war.  Roughly around 60 millions people were killed in WWII?

Can we blame the poor for their desperations?  I think not!  The poor don’t have a choice.  The poor have to take desperate measures so they can survive.  Desperation is not a choice!

I think the world will be better off if the middle class can be enlarged.  The larger the middle class gets, the smaller the number of the poor gets.  I think the elites will sleep better when knowing there will be less riots and less people will go after their heads.  Of course, their wealth will always be a big target for everybody no matter the state of the world is in, but at least they won’t see desperate people go after their heads as well.