Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. China: The Prosperous Face of Socialism

 

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. 

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  1. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    With the expansion of the social credit system, permission to buy may not be as widespread as it is today. 

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    • February 16, 2020, at 1:47 PM PST
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  2. She Reagan
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    Very interesting, thanks. On a shallow and superficial note, I can’t help chuckling at some of the Far-Eastern Cardinal’s names. Cardinal Zen, and the late Cardinal Sin, in particular . . .

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    • February 17, 2020, at 6:28 AM PST
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  3. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The social credit system is already prohibiting people from buying train tickets or renting cars. What could go wrong?

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    • February 17, 2020, at 7:29 AM PST
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  4. Front Seat Cat Member

    Excellent program – such courage. The challenges of so many are increasing around the world. Cardinal Zen gives a very powerful testimony to that. 

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    • February 17, 2020, at 7:31 AM PST
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  5. MichaelKennedy Coolidge

    I would describe China as more of a Fascist government but it is not easy to differentiate.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 8:19 AM PST
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  6. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Aaron Miller: The Chinese government demands socialism be taught by priests.

    Of course. The only way to salvage such a bad idea is to force everyone to live under it.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 8:25 AM PST
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  7. Scott Wilmot Member

    Well, Bishop Sorondo, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences and Social Science says there is no better practitioner of the social doctrine of the Church than the ChiComms.

    And the secret agreement between China and the Vatican appears to have emboldened the Chinese. Neither the Pope or Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, seems to give a darn. You hear nothing from them about the situation in Hong Kong or China. They have thrown the faithful under the bus by capitulating to the ChiComms. This is despicable and an embarrassment.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 9:29 AM PST
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  8. David Foster Member
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    China is not really a primarily-socialist economy; if it were, it wouldn’t have shown such economic dynamism over the last couple of decades. Its social system would be more accurately describes as corporatist / economic fascist.

    The “communist” in the name of the party is there for reasons of historical continuity and internal marketing.

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    • February 17, 2020, at 9:57 AM PST
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  9. Unsk Member

    “Well, Bishop Sorondo, the head of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences and Social Science says there is no better practitioner of the social doctrine of the Church than the ChiComms.”

    Ya know ChiCom China has a greater carbon footprint that Europe and America combined.

    But I thought in our great CommiePope’s words we are supposed “hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”? When will the Commie Pope take to task the ChiCom’s for their environmental irresponsibility like he has of the West?? Are we supposed to hear the cry of the oppressed and imprisoned as well? How about the silenced? I think Pope Francis and his lap dog Bishop Sorondo are bearing false witness in a huge and sinful way. 

     

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    • February 17, 2020, at 11:32 AM PST
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  10. cirby Member

    MichaelKennedy (View Comment):

    I would describe China as more of a Fascist government but it is not easy to differentiate.

    Fascism is just socialists who learned to stand in line.

     

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    • February 17, 2020, at 2:32 PM PST
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