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    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:
    The CCP has raised hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the last 50 years, people who had been living under a system of feudal surfdom for millennia.
    So have most developing country governments sans the mass deaths,

    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:
    The CCP, more than almost any other organisation in the World, has spent most of the last 70 years labouring to keep most people in darkness
    Fixed it for you Also developing a cultish following that can see no wrong or offer no criticism.

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    Um, George, are you trying to tell us that 'feudal surfdom' has been eliminated in mainland China?
    If we substitute 'the state' for 'the lord' in ordinary definition of surfdom, nothing has changed in china, except folks are leaving the countryside in massive droves and some have more money.
    Living in town those country folks now are easy prey for the all-seeing eyes of the CCP, and thru the 'hukou' system cannot legally leave their farm.

    Sure, lots of folks now can take a warm shower every day, rather than once weekly and may have more expensive foods to eat. Is life better considering the ruined environment, the social controls, the lack of freedoms (expression, religion, movement)?

    The Catholic church has fostered many pedophile opportunists, due i think to the celibate priest policy, but is facing up to the facts and making restitution. Facing up to the facts is something the CCP will never, ever do.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jobin:
    Um, George, are you trying to tell us that 'feudal surfdom' has been eliminated in mainland China?
    If we substitute 'the state' for 'the lord' in ordinary definition of surfdom, nothing has changed in china, except folks are leaving the countryside in massive droves and some have more money.
    Living in town those country folks now are easy prey for the all-seeing eyes of the CCP, and thru the 'hukou' system cannot legally leave their farm.

    Sure, lots of folks now can take a warm shower every day, rather than once weekly and may have more expensive foods to eat. Is life better considering the ruined environment, the social controls, the lack of freedoms (expression, religion, movement)?

    The Catholic church has fostered many pedophile opportunists, due i think to the celibate priest policy, but is facing up to the facts and making restitution. Facing up to the facts is something the CCP will never, ever do.
    I don't want to try and rank the badness of the bad things the Catholic Church has done through the ages, but it is definitely not limited to the recent peadophilia scandals.

    They tried to shut down all science for over a thousand years (thankfully the Arab world kept it going) and who knows where we would be now without that.

    They lead holy wars throughout Europe and the middle east for literally hundreds of years that make our recent Iraq and Libya debacles look like picnic lunches.

    Mercantilism, don't get me started.

    The list continues but you can research that yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:
    The CCP has raised hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the last 50 years, people who had been living under a system of feudal surfdom for millennia.
    Wtf? The CCP has not raised anyone from poverty, the people have been raising themselves from poverty despite the CCP trying to push people down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:
    The CCP has raised hundreds of millions of people out of poverty in the last 50 years, people who had been living under a system of feudal surfdom for millennia.
    The CCP put them in poverty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mucaari:
    Wtf? The CCP has not raised anyone from poverty, the people have been raising themselves from poverty despite the CCP trying to push people down!
    If it was that easy, there wouldn't be a developing world any more

    Instead, China has gone from probably the poorest country in the world around 1949 to somewhere around the middle tiers and still rising rapidly; and that is not easy for a huge, mountainous country with a proportionately short coastline and rivers that like to flood A LOT

    Not saying CCP got it all right, but credit where credit is due

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    Quote Originally Posted by GentleGeorge:

    Not saying CCP got it all right, but credit where credit is due
    Fucks sake. A despotic regime that killed hundreds of thousands to tens of millions of its own people through starvation, imprivation during the Culutral Revolution that led people to be so desparate they ate fucking one another...

    This is the CCP that still routinely incarcerates millions without trials, practices widespread torture .... with all these human rights disasters lets celerbate they have have managed to get their people a per capita income level almost as high as Iraq and Botswana.... yes all credit where it's due for fucks sake.


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    Always open to different perspectives (and not beyond being a devil’s advocate myself sometimes), but it somewhat feels like an analogous situation might be arguing Trump (or at least his tax cuts) was good for the stock market. Might very well be true (lacking counterfactuals) but kind of missing the point. Plus that’s not what you’re arguing.

    Your additional points are worth bearing in mind (accomplishments vs resources), but the Asian tiger economies seem to have accomplished pretty much the same trajectory (and earlier) by being export economies. Are we seriously arguing that their political approach is something that’s welcome in the civilised world when economic liberalisation appears to have brought relative prosperity whether you are Thailand (periodically wracked by coups) or democracies like Taiwan and Korea?

    It’s one thing to be critical of conventional thinking, but quite another to be too uncritical of the line being pushed by autocrats.

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    Why does every thread about China devolve into whataboutism


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    Quote Originally Posted by aw451:
    Why does every thread about China devolve into whataboutism
    I don't think it did?

    Today's discussion was a ring wrestle between Roman Catholic Church and CCP for most hated organisation by the Hoi palloi of GeoExpat