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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Fall and Fall of a Neo-Maoist

Posted by on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 8:43 AM

It's old news now...

One of the strangest elements of the Bo Xilai scandal and his subsequent removal from the Communist Party was that the official report that stated he "had or maintained improper sexual relations with multiple women".

While Bo's alleged crimes — corruption, cronyism, and even involvement in murder — were big, rumors about his sexual conduct seemed far vaguer, and had been mostly limited to one strange story, sourced to overseas news site Boxun, about a sexual relationship with the Chinese star of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Zhang Ziyi.

According to the report, Zhang been paid $110 million over a number of years for sex with Bo and a number of other senior Party officials. While the story sounds far-fetched, it spread quickly and hit her wallet hard — Zhang's lawyer says she lost $750,000 in work after the fall-out. Zhang is now taking Boxun and a number of other publications to court for publishing the claims.

Officials of the communist party are not allowed to have affairs.

But enough of the smut. Let's get serious. This article, Bo Xilai and Mao's Ghost's, throws another light on the politician's downfall:

The regime is facing huge economic problems on the home front, one of the most volatile being the millions of migrant workers, some 16 percent of the population, who provide cheap labor for China’s export-driven economy. Social and regional tensions are exacerbated by this vast mobile workforce, who exist at the very bottom of the socio-economic ladder: a recent riot in Guangdong province is but a rerun of numerous previous incidents. The number of large scale riots and other examples of public “disorder” has increased exponentially since the early nineties, when 8,300 such incidents were recorded. In 2012, the number exceeded 90,000. Land seizures by party officials are often the cause.

Bo appealed to some of these sources of rising discontent — to those who witnessed the degeneration of the Communist party into a kind of Mafia, and remembered — or, thought they remembered — a better day. His crackdown on China’s rampant gangster underworld — often linked to party officials — inspired widespread support. He stoked all those fires the central party leadership most fears — Maoism, nationalism, and growing economic inequality.

Bo Xilai also invested billions of dollars in housing for Chongqing's poor. But now that he is gone, all that's talked about is not the social ills he addressed but the debt he accumulated.

That said, let's turn to this interesting piece of information in Bo Xilai and Mao's Ghost's article:

China, America’s number one creditor, and supposedly the rising superpower of the future, is a paper tiger. Efforts by the neocons to make them into a replacement for the vanished Soviet threat seem doomed to failure when the Chinese spend a fraction of what we spend on “defense.” To put it all in perspective: the Chinese government spends more on its internal police than on their military, which should give us a good indication of what they’re really afraid of. And they have reason to fear.
Are the police China's new wall?


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Theodore Gorath 1
China only holds 8% of American public debt.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 2, 2012 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
With so many hundreds of millions, there will never be enough police if the people are not happy. If this man is a hero to enough people, they may take their anger out on the party. And I thought Mao had numerous concubines. It's really hard to believe all those big shots, with all their money and power, aren't keeping stables of women. Maybe prostitutes are o.k. but mistresses are not?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 2, 2012 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
How much does the U.S. spend on its own criminal justice system?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on October 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM · Report this
Sean Kinney 4
@3 876 shitloads. Some believe it could even surpass a shit-ton (including secondary and tertiary administrative entities related to the prison-industrial complex).
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on October 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM · Report this
Actually, Party officials are allowed to have affairs as long as they remain in good standing. It's only when they fall out with the Party that their affairs get used against them. The Party is just throwing whatever accusations at Bo that it can to make his purging seem justified and cover the fact that the real reason he's getting purged is 100% political.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on October 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM · Report this

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