China Rising
China Rising

“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte

China is sowing the seeds of its own stagnation:

  • President Xi Jinping removing term limits
  • The one child policy induced decline in the workforce
  • The longer-term consequences of its negative return infrastructure led growth.
  • The censorship of thought is creativity crushing, free thinkers will think freely.

China has clearly awoken and is moving the world. Unfortunately in doing so it is also ushering in new models of despotism. Ones which enable democracies to transition to tyrannies with minimal fuss:

China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

Twitter, Facebook and Google are already embracing authoritarianism and crushing free speech. Big business and government working hand in hand to steer the masses. What does that remind you of? Fascism is alive and well and its foundations are being built by our technology companies and their academic ideological enablers. Technology enabled fascist national socialism will be as damaging as international socialism has repeatedly proven to be.

The benevolent dictator model is great, as long as the dictator is great. Lee Kuan Yew is perhaps the best example, but for every Lee Kuan Yew there are multiple Mugabe’s. Democracies elect incompetents, but they also constrain how much damage they can do. The intensity and duration of the damage done by despots’ dwarfs that of elected leaders. Over the long term democratic systems trump despotic ones. Something the EU ought to have taken into account as it designed its undemocratic governing systems.

Deng Xiaoping learned from Lee Kuan Yew’s example in Singapore. He transformed China. China may have another good or even great leader in Xi Jinping. Removing his term limit is, to my mind, an ominous sign. Better to be further embedding a culture of peaceful regular and regulated transition.

Better also if the institutions of Western Civilisation propagated an understanding and appreciation of the building blocks its way of life, of progress and prosperity. These act as an immune system to repel destructive ideologies. Political correctness has much to answer for.