Reader (March 12, 2012)
I read of the great event
in Wukan village.
This is very encouraging as the people will no longer put
up with the nonsense of official crony corruption.
Because of their determination, they even won the landmark
victory of elections in the village.
I am not sure if elections are held in China on the village
level and am still trying to understand what sort of democracy
is working in China.
The annual people's Congress has a meeting of delegates from
all over China. I guess this must be only CCP members. So
it is limited democracy.
The Wukan event is grass root people's democracy.
What is your web site's "take" on this historic
Editor (13 Mar 2012)
Village level election has been put in place for decades,
which is one of the major sources of rural corruption. Member
election only works in an organization or community in which
people have common goals. In a society driven by selfishness
and money worship, people’s interests conflict with each
other, and any election would be corrupted by money
politics. It is the case in the US, The Philippines,
Iraq, and that farcical place called Taiwan
province .... you name it. You are in Australia, what
do you really know about your local councilors that you may
vote for? Do you really think in most cases the situation
will be much different due to the different outcome of a
local election? Of course, since this system in some places,
such as in Australia, works ... say, reasonably okay, so
far .... and the general populations accept it as a way of
life, therefore, when it is not broken, why there is the
need to fix it?
A social system is just the external manifestation of the
internal mental state of the people – a certain people will
only be able to establish a certain social system that they
deserve. Any political reform which can contribute to a meaningful
social progress will have to start, not from the social structure,
but people’s mind, by which I mean the change of the popular
culture, i.e. the collective consciousness.
Wukan’s election is successful, because the villagers have
been gone through the worst capitalism under Wang Yang’s
leadership in Guangdong, thus call for the return of a socialist
spirit which is focused
on common good and cooperation. You can see this mentality
from their election slogans which is something that the Western
corporate media prefers not to report.
In terms of the people’s Congress, as what we know many
“congressmen” and “congresswomen”, if not the most, are not
CCP members. But again, many of them, if not the most, are
the get-rich-quick folks, so it has very limited impact on
grassroots democracy. If you want to get a taste of something
that is closest to the mass democracy, you may like to check
the video "Xiju
Song of Red Flower", but of course, it’s
all in Chinese, and you may need to learn Chinese first ...
regrettably. But then you might be interested in reading
the article China's
1st Generation of Electronic Watches, which has
been translated into English.