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The Chinese government demands socialism be taught by priests. Many churches have been demolished. Christian funerals have been banned. A steadfast bishop lives on the street because the government threatens anyone who would house him.
As so many Westerners today ignorantly condemn capitalism and demand socialism, no country promotes such a rosy image of socialism as communist China. Unlike its South American and Mediterranean counterparts, China seems orderly and prosperous.
That’s the nature of wealthy tyrannies. When citizens are slaves, governments build grand monuments (Olympic cities, even). From Giza to Versailles, the products of power sure look fine. Around tyrannical rulers is always a class of prosperous enablers, exhibiting visible privileges bought with hidden favors. Visitors are sure to meet the happiest people, because naysayers are shot or imprisoned.
Welcome to the latest iteration of socialism, where you are free to buy but not to pray.Published in