In recent times, China in the news has received surprisingly positive coverage. Not only did the amount of human rights abuse stories decrease, it has also received the honor of hosting the next Olympic games. In the international community the People’s Republic has also done well, pressuring North Korea to halt nuclear proliferation and become an active member of the U.N., in addition to establishing itself as an economic pillar. Along with the increase in foreign investment, China is experiencing an economic and political bloom.
Personal disbelieve aside, the evidence points to China’s ever-widening departure from its Communal, Maoist policies. Many ex-communist countries has also experienced this period of recovery and uplift: the Soviet Union’s Glasnost and international opening, along with Poland’s worker-party brief coexistence, are examples of regimes deviating from its modus oprendi, followed shortly by their downfall and reconstruction into democratic, modern states.
Am I being too optimistic? In the past half-decade, numerous atrocities rose from the rural areas of the People’s Republic, numerous offenses to which a democratic, or would-be thereof, would abide by untended. In addition to the organ transplant scandal, which went without resolution or judgment, repeated Coal Mine disasters are as of today still occurring as a result of a lack of regulation and high corruption in government. Moreover, whereas months ago the world condemned the great firewall and net police unit of China, today there are virtually no news of reforms or even responses against that which leaves the youth of a great nation ignorant of the outside world, and fearful of constant spying.
What about China’s ideologies? Even though the government continues still with mandatory party loyalty quizzes and indoctrination, today many teenagers in China are far from political. In accords with the rise in Internet addiction and dangerous, ill-run cyber cafes, it is safe to say that few of the youth on the Chinese Internet today has the volition to examine, if not debate Communist party practices; As late as 2005, the Chinese still claim in a national poll Mao to be their ideological hero; the fledgling dissenters in The people’s Republic may make brave speeches against the regime rule, but as leaders they possess none of the freedoms needed for true reform, watched by sentries and monitored at all times.
True. Religious factions have contributed to shifting the ideological apathy of the Chinese people, That is, if they can put aside their differences in faith, which leads to the question: what belief would be best for the new China, should it emerge from its Communist shell?
Contrary to Falongkong beliefs and Chinese Christian dissent, the best belief to lead China is not one of religion, or to the political pundits, one of standardized, generic Western democracy. What is best for the Chinese would be a faith, fervor that which drives the people for freedom despite religion and borders, that calls for a rule of the people, and especially of their individual worth. This belief must be sustained, even after the people choosing their own path, to unify and strength a resolve to never return to the regime times.
Without this, and the desire for freedom as the center of Chinese liberation, we will return to the vagaries of the warlords, vulnerable for yet another Maoist oblivion. Truth, freedom, knowledge- thee are things that the Communists have stolen from the Chinese, which even today it keeps and holds China from achieving its peace and prosperity. The people can take back these things, even peacefully- if they only will hold these ideals with their hearts, and have the courage to live them in the time of need.
Truth, freedom, knowledge.