November 10, 2002
China: World's Last Major Right-wing Dictatorship
Times gets it right:
After a 20-year transition, the world's last major left-wing dictatorship, the Communist Party of China, has transformed itself. It is now, arguably, the world's last major right-wing dictatorship.Progressives have to confront a basic fact. The largest danger to freedom and workers rights globally is China, which has rapidly evolved into a regime only Mussolini could love-- or maybe he wouldn't, since his version of fascism was probably more friendly to labor.
...Dictatorship of the proletariat has failed. So the party is giving plutocracy a chance.
...Foreigners have invested more money in China so far this year than anywhere else, including the United States. All that money is flowing because the party has used its near-absolute power to create favourable conditions for the capitalists. Companies setting up factories in Guangdong or Shanghai can employ workers from the hinterlands, often paying them less than $100 a month for 12-hour days.
Migrant labourers can stay in cities only so long as their employers need them; without urban residence permits, they have no local rights. The government does not allow independent unions.
Posted by Nathan at November 10, 2002 09:01 PM
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