Will China's Charter 08 Emerge as a Blueprint for Political Change?

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Will China's Charter 08 Emerge as a Blueprint for Political Change?

Signed by over three hundred prominent Chinese citizens, China's Charter 08
calls for an end to some of its essential features of China current
political system, including one-party rule, and their replacement with
a system based on human rights, equality, democracy and the rule of
law. From the document:

Authoritarianism is
in general decline throughout the world; in China, too, the era of
emperors and overlords is on the way out. The time is arriving
everywhere for citizens to be masters of states. For China the path
that leads out of our current predicament is to divest ourselves of the
authoritarian notion of reliance on an "enlightened overlord" or an
"honest official" and to turn instead toward a system of liberties,
democracy, and the rule of law, and toward fostering the consciousness
of modern citizens who see rights as fundamental and participation as a
duty.

Unionist

Yeah, sure:

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Protection of Private Property. We should establish and protect
the right to private property and promote an economic system of free
and fair markets. We should do away with government monopolies in
commerce and industry and guarantee the freedom to start new
enterprises. We should establish a Committee on State-Owned Property,
reporting to the national legislature, that will monitor the transfer
of state-owned enterprises to private ownership in a fair, competitive,
and orderly manner. We should institute a land reform that promotes
private ownership of land, guarantees the right to buy and sell land,
and allows the true value of private property to be adequately
reflected in the market.

Sounds great. Why can't we do that in Canada?

SCC

I like the New York Review of Books.

I thought of posting the article because of the manifesto - I don't have to agree with it to find it interesting.

 

 

old_bolshie

[url=The">http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/008299.html][b]The Concrete Dragon[/url] isn't going to let change happen any too soon but always has room for more victims in his commie caves/prisons-ask the Tibetans about that.

Ken Burch

What's happening in China has nothing whatsoever to do with "communism" anymore, bolshie.  Give the Cold War buzzwords a rest.

China is a right-wing capitalist state these days.

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And even worse, the Chinese model of an autocratic police state combined with relentless splatter-capitalism, is threatening to erode even the liberties that were conceded by the capitalist class in liberal capitalist bourgeois democracies. Watch out, the Chinese model could be capitalism for the 21st century...

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Ken Burch wrote:

What's happening in China has nothing whatsoever to do with "communism" anymore, bolshie.  Give the Cold War buzzwords a rest.

China is a right-wing capitalist state these days.

 

Are you kidding or or you serious?

George Victor

Let's see. A single party allows oligarchs to run roughshod over invidivudal rights while giving the blind eye to almost universal corruption and depends on nationalism and economic growth (itself dependent on exploitation of people and resources in Africa) for social stability.

Yep - a bit beyond "right-wing capitalist state."

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Yep - a bit beyond "right-wing capitalist state."

What do you mean, George? Substitute the word "Africa" for "globe" and you've just described the US. I mean, okay, there are those who will argue the US is two-party state and those people haveplaced all their hope in O'Bush, but we know better.

 

George Victor

Yep!

Ze

Interesting, and not just an echo of US thinking. Thanks for the link!

 

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Social Security. We should establish a fair and adequate social security system that covers all citizens and ensures basic access to education, health care, retirement security, and employment.
 

So there's economic as well as individual rights in there.  

Fidel

George Victor wrote:

Let's see. A single party allows oligarchs to run roughshod over invidivudal rights while giving the blind eye to almost universal corruption and depends on nationalism and economic growth (itself dependent on exploitation of people and resources in Africa) for social stability.

Yep - a bit beyond "right-wing capitalist state."

Frisky capitalists and rightwing ideologues around the world are feeling only half screwed and tatoo'd wrt China since the reforms began. Neoliberal ideologues would like very much for China to stop managing the currency so vigorously and allow global money speculators to play yo-yo with China's life blood, its' money, and for China to drop restrictions on foreign ownership and control in banking and several other key sectors of the economy. Workers in China are not quite yet totally reliant on free markets. The Chinese are enjoying personal savings rates of 25% and higher and paying cash for cars, homes, and apartments. This is ridiculous - no self-respecting neoliberal ideologue would hear of such things.

George Victor

Unfortunately, Fidel, the Chinese worker has also been playing the market.

And  we now have to consider continuing  to manufacture some items so that there are  jobs for workers here.

We'll need lots of state involvement to bring it all off, eh? Maybe even an enlightened electorate as well? Shoes at the ready?