Western political models impossible to copy

09:56, October 29, 2010      

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Over the years, in the name of offering advice for political restructuring, some Western forces and their supporters have constantly put forward the so-called "constitutional reform" proposals focusing on multi-party systems and the separation of the government into three powers. In doing so, the advocates Western democracy, freedom and human rights mislead the public as well as attack the leadership of the Communist Party of China and the socialist system.

All these things reflect their thoughts that China should copy the Western political system. It is rooted in the wrong and harmful idea that the "party rotation," "separation of powers" and "parliamentary democracy" in Western countries are the best systems and are suited for any country.

The precondition for the formation of Western political models is both shameful and impossible to copy.

First, the development of Western countries was based on horrifying pillage and plunder over a long time. According to data provided by Western scholars, for 500 years, 30 million Native Americans suffered genocide and 50 million black slaves were sold to the Americas as a free labor force.

Second, under the pattern of global production and distribution, Western developed countries grabbed the utmost profits, and their development is based on the exploitation of third-world countries. If the wealth base were removed, the so-called electoral and multi-party systems would be difficult to maintain.

So far, almost all third-world countries that simply copied the democratic systems of Western nations have failed, and one important reason is that they do not have as much wealth as Western countries do. If serious interest conflicts occur in a pluralist society, the election will lose effectiveness, and social interests will definitely be redistributed through violence.

In order to reduce internal interest conflicts, Western countries have to establish expensive welfare systems through high transfer payments, but the basis of the welfare systems is the enormous wealth and resources they have been exacting from other parts of the world.

The Western world’s so-called democratic system and functioning civil society would quickly collapse without this basis. For example, riots broke out in Paris and several other French cities in 2005, mainly because a large number of Arabian immigrants, especially youths, found it difficult to land jobs after they moved to France and gradually became resentful of the society. If we go deep enough, we may discover the underlying cause is wealth. The French welfare system is not able to cover all immigrants after all.

What happened after a hurricane hit the relatively poor New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States in August 2005 is yet another example. Due to many rape allegations and armed robberies in the disaster-stricken areas, the army for hurricane relief had to drive armored vehicles and be fully armed. This will never happen in China.

There have been no more than 20 Western developed countries since the 18th century. This bloc has a total population of up to 1 billion, accounting for one-seventh to one-eighth of the world's total. One billion people is the limit of this "rich man's club" because there is no way to make their extravagant life style universal.

We certainly admit and borrow ideas from all the achievements of human civilization, including some useful practices and experiences of Western countries.

However, there is absolutely no reason for us to copy them. The excellent situation of modern China is a hard-won achievement — especially under the volatile international situation and the growing economic crisis. The superior ability of socialist countries to concentrate strength on major problems is continually reflected.

If we copy Western countries, we will lose the ideological basis of the common struggle and the strong leadership core. As a result, the country will soon become a mess and the great cause of national rejuvenation will never be realized.

The Chinese road is a whole new road of the whole nation with independence, hard work, self-esteem and self-improvement and has been created by the lives and blood of millions of Chinese people. However, certain people want to become a new political force through relying on foreign forces. They use dry, abstract sermons and political terms to cover up their selfishness and these people will eventually be cast aside for the people.

By People's Daily Online

(Editor:张洪宇)

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