Back a few weeks ago, I wrote a comment “recommending Cultural Revolution” every 50 years or so, provided the excessive abuses can be avoided.
FOARP (and other resident/expat Western mouth pieces) had a cow. http://foarp.blogspot.com/2011/11/hidden-harmonies-raventhorn-lets-have.html.
So, since an indirect challenge to me was issued, I confront it here, since HH is where I brought it up.
What did I write that was so wrong? Apparently, by FOARP’s perception, EVERY possible future Cultural Revolution would be exactly the same kind of destructive CR China had. Weird, I thought I specifically said the “abuses” should be avoided.
Let’s boil down the differences in what I wrote, and what he thought I wrote.
I wrote “Cultural Revolution”, he thought I wrote, “REPEAT of that 1 Cultural Revolution”.
Surely, by the plain meaning of the phrase, Every major political change can be considered some kind of “Cultural Revolution”? No?
FOARP further goes on his blog, that “Since China’s last Cultural Revolution started roughly 45 years ago, I guess Raventhorn thinks it’s just about due one today.”
Sure, let’s look at what has happened to China since the “Cultural Revolution” of 1960’s:
(1) Deng’s Market Reform, I would argue it was equally “revolutionary” culturally as the “Cultural Revolution”. Even Westerners wrote and wrote about how the “Reform” changed China drastically, in terms of lifestyle, political tolerance, etc.
Hard core communists lost influences in China, Reformists and Progressives gained influences.
Was this not some kind of “Cultural Revolution”, which avoided the “excessive abuses”??!
(2) Today, China is admittedly experiencing some problems as consequences of the Reform, in terms of widening wealth gap, once again conflicts over political ideologies of China’s Future, international relations, etc.
There are super rich in China, and there are growing number of hard core communists who are nostalgic for the days of Communes.
Even Westerners wonder, (and some clamour), whether China is heading toward major political changes?
Some Westerners clamour for a “Jasmine Revolution” in China.
Was this not going to be some kind of “Cultural Revolution”? (Although I would disclaim that I had in mind the kind of Imperialistic and externally driven turmoil that Westerners wanted for China, I merely stated that China IS likely due for a “Cultural Revolution” on its own terms and its own REAL internal Cultural/political/socioeconomic interests. I also recommend it, minus the abuses, because it is likely INEVITABLE pattern of history.)
*The problem of FOARP (and others) in this argument only demonstrate their inability to get beyond their own ingrained biases, even against a simple phrase as “Cultural Revolution”. And that’s the underlying problem they have with China in general.
If the phrase like “Cultural Revolution” is associated with “cultural genocide of Tibetans”, political persecution, etc., then so is China in general, in their mindset.
There is no getting over that kind of bias against China, if they can’t even get over their own bias against a phrase like “Cultural Revolution”.
I mean, READ the phrase, “Cultural Revolution”. It is neutral in plain meaning, doesn’t mean good or bad, (and in my comment, I specifically avoided the BAD).
*Is China heading for another Cultural Revolution? I say, it is likely and inevitable.
But so is the West. (Though they don’t want to call it “Cultural Revolution”).
Look upon the Austerity sweeping across Europe, the possible disintegration of EU, the fallout to US, the realignment of trade in Canada, Australia. Occupy Wall Street protests, stalemate in US Congress, etc.
What would you call what is happening across the West?
Politicians might try to come up with some benign temporary measure, with some benign sounding phrases. But I call it “Cultural Revolution with Western Characteristics”.
The West can’t avoid it, and if they try to push it or delay it, it may be even worse in the long run.