Monday, April 29, 2019

Why shouldn't Chinese people fight for democracy? Are they really happy with their present government?

“Are they really happy with their present government?”
Answer is probably “NO” but that’s irrelevant as I’ll try and explain. A Democracy would probably make a lot of Chinese feel good, but it might turn China into another Brazil or Mexico, definitely not the “holy crap look at their economy” China.
Here’s a little food for thought for the day:
If you have to pick, between a loaf of bread every day, and a voice in your government. Which do you choose?
If you’re reading this on your fancy iPhone or on a computer, you’ll probably choose “a voice in your government”. But imagine you make $20 dollars a month, and feeding your family costs half of your salary, and the year is 1949.
Those godless Chinese chose the bread. Later the bread was replaced with bicycles, TVs, smartphones, etc… recently that question was asked again: “High speed rail system covering the entire country, or voice in your government?” And the answer:
Your question is actually quite beautifully phrased with that hint of bias so obvious and subtle at the same time:
“Why Shouldn’t Chinese People Fight For Democracy?”
They really should in our opinion, right? What crazy creature wouldn’t want democracy? Then let’s give it to them right? Cuz you know, of course we the Americans know best what’s good for them.
Here’s the shocker:
Democracy is conservative by nature
Even in a perfect democracy, government conforming to the will of the majority is by definition, conservative. Think about it. If the country is the size of a small village, and there are 100 people in it, and 70 people want free access to the drying well, then democracy says “you shall have it!”
Then one day, seeing the well is drying up, a few young adults proposed to dig a new well. But digging wells cost money, so they want to go around and collect $10 from everyone to do it. The elderlies think it’s crazy to have to pay since they’re in their 70s and the drying well can last at least another 20 years, so they said NO. They convinced people in their 40s and 50s pointing to the fact that “That well has served us for generations”. The kids don’t get to vote, since you know, they’re under 18. Before you know it, votes were cast and it’s 50 NO vs 25 YES, with 25 kids that didn’t get to vote.
The well keeps drying up…
Capitalism says, surely a fine gentleman will rise to the occasion, gather the capital required to fund the new well, then charge a monthly fee of $1 for anyone that will use it. After all, who doesn’t want to become rich?
While that does solve the problem, remember the other well is not completely dry yet, so people probably don’t want to pay. And let’s hope the new well wasn’t funded by a loan with interest, cuz before you know it the well might become bank property as collateral.
Truth is, Democracy is usually conservative, Capitalism is usually progressive. And that balance is what allowed countries like America to thrive.
But what if there’s another solution out there? There is…
A meeting was called, the proposal was made to dig a new well. Village leader asked the young adults to state their view: “We have to dig a new well to support the growing population” said the young adults. The leader turns to the mathematician and ask for her advice, Beth says “Yes, the well might dry up in 20–30 years, at current rate, but with growing population it might dry up in 10”. “Let’s dig it then, we have to!” says the leader, turning to Jack the builder, “What do we need? Money? Labor?” Jack says he’d need 10 strong men for 6 months, and $500 in funding. The leader gives him all that, but reminded everyone that we might have to cut back on this year’s holiday celebrations to fund the well.
Soon, a second well was built, people don’t have to line up for water any more.
Chinese government at the moment is a hybrid of Communism, Socialism, Meritocracy and Technocracy. And no, it’s not what the people asked for, but good god does it work well for that country. Does it have its flaws? Abso-freaking-lutely. Would the Chinese trade it away for a voice in the government? Just ask yourself the same question:
What would you choose? A voice in the government? Or a second well?

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