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    • September 16, 2014 2:27:14 PM PDT
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      Book Review - Out of Mao's Shadow 2008

      Out of Mao's Shadow - The Struggle for the Soul of a New China by Philip P. Pan 2008: This is a complex book that is broad in scope. I am enjoying reading it. The legacy of Communist leader Mao Tse Tung has endured for decades. I must emphasize the difference between theoretical Marxism and military Leninism.
      Although Joseph Stalin's strong-arm era of cultural and economic dominance in what was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has passed, and the so-called Bi-Polar, hot & cold dilemma of the Cold War is dissolved, there yet remain large portions of the globe and human population that are living under military Leninism.
      This, military, authoritarian, control of economy and culture reflects a desire to equalize previous disparities between haves and have-nots. The same could be said about the French Revolution from about 1796 to the first years of the 1800's. The need for economic competition or the rewarding of the builder of the better mousetrap is essential to the evolution of technology, industry and the elimination of scarcity. The same goes for the universal availability of quality education, food, housing and health care. Another issue, I believe, in post-Maoist China is the freedom of information, speech and the declaration of political opinions in public and private. It has been some years since the clap-down of the democratic, student protests in Tiananmen Square. I remember seeing the tanks deployed on TV. This demand for representative, democratic elections and a multi-party, democratic governmental system was unsuccessful. However the seeds of freedom have been sown in China. Our information technology and the distribution of ideas will prove essential to the emergence of true democracy in China. China has come leaps and bounds in the last century. I believe they are finishing the world's largest dam (an energy-generating facility). And millions of field workers and villagers continue to move to the cities for industrial training and the hope for a better future. Another amazing accomplishment by China in recent years is the success of the Jade Rabbit. It was a lunar probe that landed on the moon and collected scientific, empirical data.
      A key step in the boosting of the social and economic power of China on the global marketplace is the establishment of contemporary, competitive factories and infrastructure. Solid infrastructure would include highways, universities, hospitals and modern housing. I am really enjoying Out of Mao's Shadow. I hope that China and North Korea explore the prospect of fair, representative democratic elections and governmental systems sooner rather than later. China has a fascinating cultural heritage that spans thousands of years. I understand that throughout China groups of people that speak vastly different dialects are able to communicate in writing via traditional Chinese characters. Considering the magnitude of the population that exists there, this is an amazing feat of literacy and information dispersion. I hope censorship ends, the free exchange of ideas increases and with it the dawn of a new age beyond the militarism of Mao.

      This post was edited by MattD at September 16, 2014 3:14:16 PM PDT
    • August 7, 2016 1:31:57 PM PDT
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      Book Review - Out of Mao's Shadow 2008

      That was quite a write up. I realize its an old post but.. Meanwhile our own government the "Progressive movement" both Democrats & establishment Republicans are deceiving "we the people" the voters. And systematically regressing our own country and civil society away from the Judaeo Christian God given individual rights based law of the US Constitution, into the 10 planks of communism based Marxist Socialism. Recently marketed to Bernie Sanders supporters as Democratic Socialism.

      Obama said in 08 we are going to "fundamentally transform America" and the unwitting and deceived voter cheered. Our government is working to be our God. Equality is a lie that is used by government to gather the votes & support of the dis informed to gather power and control over we the people the citizens. Opportunity, freedom OF religion, a free non government controlled market or Capitalism are main reasons why people flee Socialist countries to come here. This Utopian state they paint has no choice but to become a tyrannical police state. In order to save & restore our civil society and keep our grandchildren from being controlled and lorded over by an all powerful government such as has and is happening around the world and through history. ie USSR, China, North Korea, Cuba, and most recently Venezuela. I know that can be broken down but follow the concept and look what they do to their "citizens." Consider these.

      1. Replace our politicians with Constitutional Conservatives & Conservatarians. As they actually represent us & law not Mob supported government rule. They are few in government and oppressed by establishment. The best bumper sticker I have seen is; "Re-elect (almost) no one." From the people we must also find more to step up and run for office. And while this needs to be done unfortunately we are past the point of this being enough to restore proper government.

      2. Our government has become too big sick and evil to fix itself and we cannot re-take it by the force of a war type of revolution. (although all dictatorships disarm their "citizens.") The only legal way to take back our government is found in the US Constitution under article V. It was put their specifically by our founders for the purpose of we the people the law abiding citizens of the local communities that make up the individual states to be able to make changes to federal law where existing federal government has to adhere. It requires majority voting on proposed changes in the states and then a convention of states where 34 states agree to make a federal rule or law change. Existing federal politicians don't want to risk their power and control and resist by saying we could have a run a way convention. We already have a run a way government so.. An example change that is universally supported by voters is enacting term limits on politicians to get the old entrenched corrupt politicians out. You can see where they would never propose let alone allow that to be placed upon themselves. Check out www.conventionofstates.com

      3. We must self educate and make aware everyone we can. Most of us are largely unaware what is being done to us and would not become aware until it is too late. The "progressive" movement a world wide push by the globalist mega powers that be are behind this. So we the unwitting citizens are being manipulated badly by almost all national media, Hollywood, colleges and now even down into our local schools by government.


    • August 14, 2016 8:28:59 PM PDT
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      Book Review - Out of Mao's Shadow 2008

      Three quick comments, as the previous poster was kind enough to pump this review.

      1. "The seeds of freedom" may have been sown in China via opening up to the world, but they did not emerge from the Tiananmen massacre, which was a movement confined to Beijing, found no echo in the rest of the country, and about which the Chinese for a generation had no memory because of information suppression.

      2. The post-Maoist consensus in China, whatever claptrap they may say about "socialism with Chinese characteristics," created a "haves" vs "have-nots" cleavage far in excess of anything which existed in the Maoist era, when everyone was equally poor.

      3. I cannot see anything but disaster were China to adopt Western political models. Russia's political system would probably be more suitable for Chinese imitation.


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