By Jeff J. Brown
Pictured above: from Confucius to Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping, China’s ancient communist-socialist way of life is antithetical to Western global capitalism’s rape, plunder, occupations and wars.
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I have a lot of respect for traditional conservatives. I also admire libertarians. They are in effect two sides of the same coin. In both cases, we may disagree on much, but at least from my perspective, they have a number of good ideas. In these days of coronavirus hysteria and Eurangloland doing everything in its power to destroy the Chinese people’s way of life, their philosophies are more cogent and compelling than ever.
There is nothing new about conservatism and libertarianism. Confucius, who dates back 2,500 years, espoused these notions,
- Respect nature, historical and social institutions.
- Be upstanding role models to show them the way and then have limited government in people’s affairs.
- Check the abuses of the aristocracy and wealthy gentry.
- Assess low taxes on the citizens’ means of production.
- Work hard to develop and maintain good relations with bordering neighbors.
- Avoid war at all costs.
Lao Zi, the creator of Daoism and The Dao, met Confucius. They likely inspired each other, with the latter saying much the same thing, but more from a spiritual aspect and less a socioeconomic one. Then Buddhism arrived to China in the first century AD. Over the ensuing millennia, these three philosophies melded into a successful guiding philosophy for the citizenry. Today, most Chinese don’t really distinguish between them. It is a unitary, holistic ideal.
The daily goal is Xiaokang (小康), meaning modest prosperity for all. The ultimate goal is Datong, (大同) which is in fact pure communism, and it goes back to the roots of Chinese civilization, 5,000 years ago.
I have researched and written extensively about all this in The China Trilogy (see below).
The fact that the Chinese people have been aspiring to practice Confucism-Daoism-Buddhism-Communism-Socialism since their beginnings and still do, is a testament to their millennial longevity as a people and nation.
This may surprise you, but Mao Zedong continued this tradition after liberation in 1949. Incredibly misunderstood and psychopathically demonized in the West’s Big Lie Propaganda Machine (BLPM), the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution were world history’s biggest projects respecting Numbers Two through Six above, devolving “Greek” direct democracy down to street and village level. Socialism is all about bottom up people’s democracy, be it China, DPRK, Iran, Cuba or Venezuela.
Mao’s administrations were always trying to devolve decision making down to the people, but in a country with millions of neighborhoods and hamlets, it can get rowdy and rambunctious. Thus, Baba Beijing found itself having to rely the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to maintain national peace, production and prosperity. This was nothing new. Chinese administrations throughout history would ebb and flow between Confucian libertarianism and central government control to keep the ship of state upright and cohesive, with the goal of Xiaokang and Datong being the guiding beacons.
Every post-liberation Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping (in the present) worked hard for Xiaokang, with the dream of achieving ancient Datong. In fact, Xi Jinping’s People’s Republic of China (PRC) liberation centennial goal in 2049 is considered to be the launch date for the grand plan to transition the Chinese nation into Datong, or pure communism: Karl Marx’s From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to His Needs.
It’s hard to do. Really hard. Never been done, with the exception of DPRK coming closest, in spite of two generations of genocidal, Western sabotage and war being waged against it. Chinese civilization has been working at for millennia. But, you know what? I think Baba Beijing and its citizens can finally make it happen after 2049. China will be the richest country in the world, the best educated, the most technologically advanced and militarily unassailable.
Mao Zedong proved that it can never happen with capitalism. Datong, a world at peace, in complete harmony, living in safety and lacking want can only be achieved through socialism, and then the transition to communism. Since 1949, the Chinese have continued to successfully work towards the lofty goal of communist Datong.
Keeping Mao’s tenets as a foundation, post-liberation leaders Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao focused on creating the broad-based wealth the people needed to eventually transition from Socialism with Chinese Characteristics to pure communism in the future.
Many Western China talking heads were hopeful when Xi Jinping was elected president and Li Keqiang as Premier in 2013, that they would finally push China into being a reliable “US ally”, like Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and so many other suborned puppet states across our Pale Blue Dot. Hubristic, delusional, racist Eurangloland, cock sure that everybody wants to be just like the West, was convinced that after a generation of Reform and Opening Up, President Xi and Premier Li were the anointed ones to subvert the People’s Republic of China into the bloody claws of global capitalism.
Nevertheless, it didn’t turn out that way. Instead, Xi and Li moved against China’s thirty plus years of “Westernization”. Almost immediately, trashy reruns of US television series’ soulless tittytainment disappeared from the airwaves. A renewed sense of pride and practice of China’s ancient and classical culture were revived, as well as full-on recognition of the Mao Era’s revolutionary successes. Communist and socialist ideology became mainstream again. Xi and Li infused ideological learning in Marxism-Leninism-Maoism-Dengism, reinforced with ancient Sino-philosophy in all public schools, universities, businesses and media at all levels. Communist symbols, like the hammer and sickle again adorned public places.
Mao fought corruption tooth and nail during his tenure and in the interim, it was addressed in fits and starts. With the arrival of Xi and Li, CPC and corporate corruption became an ongoing, nonstop, 24/7 public obsession, not just sporadic campaigns. Since 2013, hundreds of thousands of less than honest officials and businesspersons have been caught, shamed, fined, demoted, imprisoned and in severe cases of gross malfeasance, executed. As well, hundreds of corrupt citizens who had fled the country were actively searched for and brought back to the motherland to be rendered justice.
The Communist Party of China was brought to the forefront, as the vanguard of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, and the Chinese Dream of Xiaokang and Datong. Harking back to the first Opium War in 1839, the CPC vowed to never allow another imperialist-colonialist century of humiliation, promising to revive and maintain the people’s 5,000 years of greatness and advancement into the 21st century.
For decades, Eurangloland was salivating at the prospect of Baba Beijing privatizing the country’s massive state-owned enterprises (SOEs), so the prior could scoop up national assets at crony-capitalism prices, like it is so accustomed to doing in all its global vassal states. Huge reforms were in fact made, tens of thousands of smaller state enterprises were privatized and just as many were consolidated into bigger, profitable SOEs, but the West was not privy to most of it.
While Eurangloland, in a frenzy of neoliberalism and austerity was and is privatizing anything and everything, Xi and Li moved in the opposite direction, strengthening and consolidating SOEs into global market behemoths. When large, private companies stumbled or got over-extended, instead of selling them off to Wall Street and London for pennies on the dollar, Baba Beijing would more often nationalize them, thereby increasing the people’s state-owned portfolio.
Western delusions that China would privatize its banks, insurance companies and land (the infamous Finance-Insurance-Real Estate/FIRE sectors) turned out to be pipe dreams. Yes, sixteen or so small private banks were licensed, all Chinese-owned. A couple of them were badly managed, got into trouble and you guessed it – Baba Beijing took them over, instead of selling them off for next to nothing. Anbang Insurance Company, a Global Fortune 500 heavyweight got caught screwing up. Its boss was arrested and its assets kept by the state, not sold off to greedy investors. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/23/chinese-government-anbang-insurance-giant). And just recently, a shady investment conglomerate got its assets nationalized for breaking the law (https://financialpost.com/pmn/business-pmn/china-seizes-financial-firms-linked-to-conglomerate). There are many, many examples of this.
Thus, while strengthening China’s economy and reducing illegal business practices, Xi and Li expanded and improved the state-owned sector, by absorbing mismanaged, yet valuable assets. In the West, these would all be sold off for next to nothing to corrupt crony insiders.
So, what we have since 2013 is Xi and Li working for the ideals of Mao Zedong and his genius premier, Zhou Enlai – for the Chinese Dream of Xiaokang and Datong. Except now, Xi and Li have money coming out the yazoo, whereas Mao & Co. made it work – shut off from the global economy by Eurangloland – with the labor, ingenuity, creativity, solidarity and commitment of China’s (at that time) one billion citizens. What we are witnessing is Mao Zedong’s guiding ideology backed up with trillions of yuan/dollars/euros to make it happen. This, while Xi, Li and the CPC have been working overtime to bring back and instill Mao Thought into the daily lives of the people, and they are succeeding grandly.
Thanks to these developments, Chinese people’s democratic communism-socialism is advancing, prospering and getting richer, without having to invade, occupy, exploit and enslave other countries, which is the only way global capitalism can survive. In fact, going back to Alexander the Great’s blitzkrieg across Africa and Asia, Rome’s slave powered, expansionist Empire, the genocidal, anti-Muslim/anti-Slavic Crusades, and starting in the 15th century with international slavery (https://www.socialistalternative.net/post/dripping-with-blood-and-dirt-how-british-capitalism-relied-on-slavery), the colonial rape and plunder of much of the world’s peoples, their lands and natural resources, along with its sugar, tobacco and opium drug cartels – this is how the West has kept power for 3,000 years.
Which brings us to today’s headlines. On one side, China is being revived by Confucism-Daoism-Buddhism-Communism-Socialism, to regain its pre-1839-Opium-War greatness. On the other, slowly but surely, Eurangloland’s dictatorial, fascist, colonial imperialism is coming to an end.
As I reported in a recent article/podcast, it’s not just China, but more and more of the world’s peoples are resisting Western tyranny and terrorism, with Russia, DPRK, Iran and Venezuela working with China to lead humankind to a mutually beneficial, multipolar world (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2020/07/02/my-next-to-the-last-covid-swansong-article-looking-back-what-i-think-has-happened-and-what-is-going-on-today-china-rising-radio-sinoland-200702/).
Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, Eurangloland arrogantly bragged about “full spectrum dominance” and its “unipolar world”. Global capitalism had its way, until Russia came back with an anti-imperial roar in 2000, and China’s relentless progress into the 21st century. Western oligarchs are now at a loss as how to combat it. They surely cannot compete fairly and honestly with China and the rest of the world’s anti-imperial peoples, who are pushing back like never before in 3,000 years of human history. Western empire has only ever been able to fight down and dirty.
China, being the world’s largest (PPP-Purchasing Power Parities) economy, already unbeatable militarily if attacked and rapidly overtaking Eurangloland in innovation, invention, infrastructure and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics), is the unofficial leader of this resistance movement and therefore is global capitalism’s Public Enemy #1.
Thus, to stave off its incessant decline and eventual collapse, Western oligarchs and their deep state Myrmidons are going for broke, with their Lockstep-Event 201-Covid-New World Order-One World Transnational Capitalist Government-Fascist Police State Plandemic. Communist-socialist China is at the top of their list to destroy, however, thankfully that part is not working and will continue to fail miserably (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/2020/07/23/its-getting-uglier-by-the-day-a-timeline-of-euranglolands-recent-causus-belli-against-china-western-capitalism-is-declaring-war-on-communist-socialist-china-because-it-cannot/).
At the same time, and sadly, their raping and plundering much of the world’s “free market” resources and peoples is working like a charm. As Larry Romanoff so shockingly and depressingly explains, their Final Solution is to turn you, me and the rest of the capitalist world into a planet full of Greece’s and Iraq’s (https://www.moonofshanghai.com/2020/04/humanity-at-crossroads.html). Carefully read the sections covering what has been done to these two once-proud peoples.
At the end of the day, the unstoppable, millennial success of China, with its visionary, win-win Belt and Road Initiative (BRI- https://chinarising.puntopress.com/search/?q=BRI), real, consensual people’s democracy (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/search/?q=democracy), having eliminated extreme poverty (https://chinarising.puntopress.com/search/?q=poverty), and already achieving Xiaokang, with concrete objectives to transition to pure communist Datong by 2049, this is what is driving the West’s global capitalist oligarchs to amass even more coronavirus-fueled trillions of wealth and stave off collapse.
In the spirit of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, current top Chinese leaders President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang are the standard bearers of freedom, independence and solidarity for the global 99%. We should all be wishing them and the Chinese nation success against the terrorist West, in support of humanity’s multipolar, win-win, mutually beneficial march into the 22nd century.
Our survival as a species depends on it.
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