Deng Xiaoping saved the Chinese communists from popular rejection by advocating a system of free enterprise within the communist structure after Mao’s death. He argued that unless the Chinese economy was dramatically improved, China would not prosper. In his famous Southern Tour of China in January and February of 1992, Deng made the case for free markets in which productivity – not politics – decided winners and losers.

This directly resulted in China becoming the economic powerhouse that it is today.

Now Xi Jinping is reversing the market-oriented decentralization of Deng. As he made clear in his recent speech on Marx, he regards Marx as the central guide for China’s future. Karl Marx is being celebrated by Chinese President Xi Jinping as the “greatest thinker of modern times.”

Other examples of governments that were based on the teachings of Karl Marx are the (former) Soviet Union, the (former) Nazi government and the barely surviving governments of Cuba and Venezuela, both of which were once prosperous and now the people are starving.

Xi Jinping’s been steadily increasing his power and control over China, and if he truly leads China into the depths of Marxism, as it very much looks like he is, we can stop worrying about China taking away our jobs and manufacturing because China will implode exactly as Germany and the Soviet Union have done.

“Xi Jinping is implementing a system by which Chinese people are heavily surveilled and assigned citizenship ratings based on their social media activity, patriotism, productivity, fitness routines and other behaviors. Those with low scores can be barred from commercial flights, some trains, and from having their children enrolled in some schools.”

This is totalitarianism and it never succeeds as a form of government. What happens is everyone starts jockeying for a position of power and informing on everyone else, the workers will do only the minimum required and no more, inefficiency becomes normal. Exactly as happened in the Soviet Union, where food shortages were common because no one wanted to work hard. There was no incentive because working harder and producing more didn’t result in the worker getting ahead. Instead it resulted in the other workers forcing the productive ones to stop because it made the rest of them look bad.

I hope that China does indeed follow this new direction. Nothing would suit me more than to see China cause it’s own destruction.

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