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    Re: Thousands of Chinese protest, smash police cars

    Quote Originally Posted by head of joaquin View Post
    China is on the glidepath to liberal democracy. As the middle class gets bigger, the communist party gets more irrelevant, and they'll wake one day and realize that the party aparatus has no legitimacy, just as they did in the Soviet Union. The communist party is holding onto its legitimacy only by a thread right now as a result of economic growth. Whether China hits a lull, requiring change, or it continues to become more modern and prosperous, either way, the party is moribund, since it has successfully brought about education, literacy, and vast economic growth. And it's clear they know it. The leadership appears to be patriotic people who understand the direction the country is taking, and is just trying to get it there (while making millions for themselves!)
    It is entirely dependent on how partitioned, loyal, or isolated the military and security forces remain. We have seen many times in the past century how autocrats have held on to power over the wishes of the people by sending the tanks into the streets and unleashing the instruments of terror.

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    Re: Thousands of Chinese protest, smash police cars

    thousands???

    POPULATION IN CHINA IS ABOUT 1.4 BILLION

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    Re: Thousands of Chinese protest, smash police cars

    Quote Originally Posted by head of joaquin View Post
    China is on the glidepath to liberal democracy. As the middle class gets bigger, the communist party gets more irrelevant, and they'll wake one day and realize that the party aparatus has no legitimacy, just as they did in the Soviet Union. The communist party is holding onto its legitimacy only by a thread right now as a result of economic growth. Whether China hits a lull, requiring change, or it continues to become more modern and prosperous, either way, the party is moribund, since it has successfully brought about education, literacy, and vast economic growth. And it's clear they know it. The leadership appears to be patriotic people who understand the direction the country is taking, and is just trying to get it there (while making millions for themselves!)
    If the middle class gets bigger, why would they want to change the status quo?

    What I find worrying is if there is an economic decline. It's inevitable in all societies. Have they done enough to discredit Mao that a populist within CCP couldn't run with the message that they shouldn't have abandoned his vision in the first place? A regression is all too likely when their national identity is tied to a guy like that when an economic wave hits.

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