Re: Postmodernism & Philosophy
I'm a Chinese and currently living in China. I feel incumbent to address to this question.
"Do you feel oppressed? Do you want democracy, instead?"
Yes, we do feel oppressed. Oppressed, in the sense that we have no total freedom of speech (even our constitution endows it), we have only one government with news agencies as its loudspeakers, and we cannot log on twitter.
Do we want democracy? Nope. For one thing, democracy 'may work' when there are two parties taking turns to rule the country. It asks for a split of power, which, for China, would mean a revolution to overthrow the one central government, which has been proven to be impossible by George Orwell, because the fall of a tyranny (or an empire) always follows with the rise of another, driven by the thirst for power and repeating the massive slaughter all over again. For another, see if this communist dream roughly resembles what democracy is supposed to mean by your terms--the ultimate communist dream where property is shared by everyone and we can sleep at night with our doors wide open. Almost all the Chinese (not those officials, of course, but they know it for sure) will tell you that that dream is essentially a dream that will have no chance of coming true. Chinese history has been a history of succession of empires with one central government, and it is also a history of social upheavals and unrests. We yearn for peace (because of a historical traumatic experence?). Very often you might see a small-eyed wrinkle-faced Chinese government official appealing for peace. Well, he is speaking the truth. Chinese people know that revolution means the death of themselves, and when our physical existence is endangered, we find other ways of survival. Many Chinese, especially the younger generation, know what the government is doing in oppressing them. Thus, we read our newspapers as pieces of jokes, watch TV reports as comedies, and take the government officials when delivering the speeches as stand-up comedies, because they are lying their asses off. We are aware. (I can go on and on, but shall stop here)
I'm not sure if I have made myself clear. See if this analogy works:
Democracy is one half-cooked turkey. The Chinese agree with you that turkey is Beautiful, Intelligent and Delicious. You have a holiday prepared for this slaugtered-roasted turkey. The Chinese will ask how are you sure that the turkey is fully cooked and proper for the dinner table. The Chinese will then show you A Bite of China.
No, we are not content with it. We seek revisions and compromises. And we criticize the government more than you think.
the Chinese people are approximately content with the system of government currently in place
(Spivak is out of the joint of reality. The 'subaltern' can speak.)
Last edited by Dante Amaral; 24-Jul-2012 at 07:41.
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