China’s new leadership is under attack from both ends of the political spectrum for its recent crack down on media and online information access in addition to indications it has no intention to move towards democratic reforms.
It is hardly surprising that those of a right wing persuasion would be critical of China for anything other than a full abandonment of its avowed left wing policies coupled with its one party rule and massive state apparatus but it is somewhat unusual to find those sentiments echoed by the far left.
Obviously in any political philosophy there are factions and the Trotskyist China Worker‘s organization has never been lining up to go on a camping holiday with China’s Maoists. However their criticisms of a regime like China highlights the fact that the enemies of repression, censorship and democracy come in many variations and some of them are not too far philosophically from the oppressors themselves.
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But returning to the very good article from the China Worker online website it is hard to argue with their criticisms of media repression, online censorship and democratic oppression; nor are their warnings of violent social upheaval totally without merit, though all right thinking people hope that scenario never eventuates.
Much of their criticism is the changing nature of the China’s leadership and their links to mega wealth. Their prescient and often overlooked criticism of this by-product of prosperity is valid and timely as it is already entrenched and will be a further barrier to democratic change.
For in the words of G K Chesterton. “The poor sometimes object to being governed badly but the rich always object to being governed at all.”
The China Worker article is copied below. It will be heartening for lapsed lefties to know the old style left wing vernacular it still alive and well.
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