I apologize, but today you get a little China rant.
Our News Story of the Week today looks at an article that argued China should not have an independent judiciary (something argued for by the Jasmine Protestors). In that article the author called China a democracy THREE times! Another article also praised villagers in their attempts at democracy.
This of course just days after the 3rd in command gave a speech saying China would never be a western style democracy with multiparty elections.
So when this author says “democracy” he is referring to the fact that in the last few years the Chinese gov’t has listened to what the people want, when it agrees with what they are already doing, or if it enables them to punish a low-level official for corruption (largely to keep the monitoring off the central gov’t).
However when these calls go beyond what the party deems acceptable there are arrests with lengthy jail terms. Even a man who was protesting for higher compensation for his son’s death from the company that poisoned him was arrested for “inciting social disorder”.
So let’s just double check some China facts: It is a one party state, without a congress that represents the interests of their constituents, or a judicial system that is independent of the executive and legislative branch, or freedom of the press, or elections open to all citizens. It doesn’t quite seem like a democracy.
Let me quote the article, “Abandoning these effective political systems to implement the political system of separation of powers will certainly shake the foundation of China’s socialist democratic political system as well as the Chinese people’s political status of being the masters of their country.”
That’s right, the author here is actually saying that a (real) democracy would limit the people’s political status of being the masters of their own country, which they supposedly gained through China’s (fake) democracy.
Sorry China, the West created democracy, we get to define, and if you try to call it Democracy with Chinese characteristics I might just lose it.