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Communism had many faces, it brought tears and death on one and smiles and life on the other

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Communism is a way to organize a society, as simple as that, though the word communism is colored by many different political movements and agendas. People who grew up with ‘The Cold War’ have reactions towards Communism and get goose bumps; at the same time we see that still in several countries around the world Communism is seen as a ‘Robin Hood’ for the working class. Its opponents call Communism in its purest form an utopia and Communism as in Stalinism was a cruel version of Communism where poverty ruled for the majority.

Zsuzsanna, who grew up in Hungary under liberal Communism, still feels nostalgic about that time. Her parents grew up under Stalinism and had a harsh childhood. Hungary was the most liberal country of Eastern Europe. The communists provided everyone with guaranteed employment, good education and free healthcare and violent crime was non-existent.

In the summer Zsuzsanna went to summer camp organized by the state. Her parents worked for a state factory that made records. On Monday there was no television and was meant to spent with your family. Zsuzsanna says that education and culture were greatly understood by the government and tickets for the opera or cinema were quite affordable. She went to the Pioneers after school where they were taught how to build friendships and the importance of community. According to Zsuzsanna communist Hungary was far from being hell on earth, no bread queues or nasty tales of secret police, it was in fact a fun place to be.

Carlo who grew up in Cuba, was able to flee to the USA where he married his current wife. Life under the dictatorship of Castro was though and no one would say anything nasty about Castro while still living in Cuba. When Carlo grew up food was each month given in rations. Back then when you wanted to buy things in a store you needed US dollars, which you could only gain by asking people outside the country to send it to you. The government would take 20 cent of every dollar.

When Carlo turned 12 they he was forced to go to boarding school and only saw his family every two weeks for two days. At school he studied 5 hours, had to work four ours a day and did three hours of homework. Education and healthcare were so called free from any charge, though the Cuban people had to pay fifty per cent income taxes to receive these services. In order to be admitted in hospital and receive a hospital bed a family member had to give a blood donation.

These two stories illustrate how different life under a communist regime can be. Basically it’s all about the people who lead a country that determine how humane a system is carried out. In order to not get carried away by all the various definitions of Communism and all the various embodiments it has, we’ll stick to two of the Merriam-Webster definitions of Communism within the context of this blog post.

  1. A way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that is used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property.

  1. A final stage of society in Marxist theory in which the state has withered away and economic goods are distributed equitably.

James Arlandson (PhD) who teaches world religions and introductory philosophy at a college in southern California says: “Capitalism is founded on freedom, with the brakes applied to it only a little, so that it does not run out of control downhill. On the other hand, communism-turned-socialism in the US which is founded on control and restriction, with a little of the brakes released, so that it does not do more than crawl downhill.”

As Arlandson says, Communism is founded on control and restriction and has turned into for instance Socialism or even Capitalism. Today we have only five countries left in the world that are communist countries, China, North Korea, Cuba, Laos and Vietnam. There are also movements that claim that Communism has never been practiced in its purest form the way Marx had planned it. Here we speak of Marxism/Leninism, where Communism is the transitional stage in which we have social ownership of the means of production to come to a fundamental change in the economic system and society according to Marxism. The way Marx interpreted Communism is now a day referred to as Early Communism. In Ancient Greece Plato wrote in his book ‘The Republic’: “The private and individual is altogether banished from life and things which are by nature private, such as eyes and ears and hands, have become common, and in some way see and hear and act in common, and all men express praise and feel joy and sorrow on the same occasions”(Wikipedia), where the ideas of Early Communism were already formulated in a prudent and practical manner. In other words, people have always been looking for systems that would provide equality and brotherhood. It’s the practical application of such systems in day to day living that have shown us that equality in all ways has never been reached.

The question we could ask ourselves is: what have been the greatest problems for Communism to survive and become an economic and political system that would be widely welcomed and implemented?

First of all Communism has never been a free choice of the people of a country, it is forced upon them and therefore it results in many cases into dictatorship. This means that there is a repressive environment where people have not the freedom to express themselves, a large military expenditure to control the masses, misallocation of resources by restricting or denying certain foods, a heavy burden of a totalitarian regime and the absence to remove incompetent decision makers within Communism.

Due to the totalitarian superstructure of Communism the secret police becomes a resource-sucking structure that has, if we look at some of the former East European countries, half of the population as spies/informants for the secret services. People were not able to trust each other or their own government, which makes it difficult to be or become a patriot. Even concentration camps were used to repress the people in communist countries. When people are not loyal to the system they will somehow undermine that very system, such as black market activities and employee theft. People become dis-incentivised and demotivated and will not work for a regime that they spite. With no trust and fear of the dictator, Communism is like hell on earth, while it can be applied to support its people.

Dictatorship is an expensive way to lead a country, where only a few live the good life and information is restricted. Communism under a dictatorship makes it hard for regimes to discover and correct their mistakes; therefore most often incompetence goes unpunished. Improvement is almost impossible when constructive criticism isn’t possible while communist countries were to a large extend dealing with corruption and lack of transparency. Dictators do not encourage thinking outside the box and thus questioning the system equals putting your own life at risk.

Communism is wastefully using its recourses and is also known for its mismanagement. In communist countries there is no such thing as the market signaling that certain products are not in demand. Furniture for instance is made and even though the majority dislikes them and find them unpractical there is no choice since the state dictates them and determines the price. That way there is no evidence or any feedback for factories to know whether to invest in more of this furniture or make something totally different.

People applying for a job are not chosen due to their abilities; instead their political loyalty to the system is getting them into certain places on the working floor. That means that personal success is depending on political reasons and the amount of idolizing the leader, getting a job has absolutely nothing to do with being economically efficient.

The communists try to protect their economy from boom and bust cycles, though the opposite occurs and they stagnate their own economy by abolishing the market forces. They see the market in a way as evil and not as a tool to keep in touch with the outflows of an economic implemented system. When the market does not produce any incentives to innovate, the lack or inability to innovate at a large scale will eventually be the deathblow of Communism inside a country. Communism can be seen as rigid and slow to adopt to change, creativity is mostly discouraged and new ideas have to be in line with the party.

When we look at Marx’s ten measures of Communism we can see the attempt on paper to bring equality, end poverty and educate its people. In reality this has not happened in many cases, because of Communism transforming into Totalitarianism or Socialism. Looking at these ten measurements economist say that the USA today fits neatly into these measurements as well. The USA isn’t a communist state, but is getting close to resemble that which they’ve fought with their Cold War. Don’t they say, what you resist persist?

It’s time to look into solutions from a starting point of using what’s already here, we’re going to have a look at Marx’s ten measures of Communism and then see how these principles can work for us. Which doesn’t mean that we have to reinvent Communism, its more looking at a system such as the Living Income Guaranteed, and see what we’re able to use and keep that which has proven itself as effective.

1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.

When people own their own land or property they will most likely cherish it. If the state owns all and the people feel limited by the state, they will not take care of the land and property, they will rebel and spite the state. So owning a house and some land can turn out to create more responsibility. Having too much property then necessary is asking for regulation of the hoarding of property and land, this can be done in a society where all that have not enough financial means yet may apply for a living income. So when someone has for instance tree houses and quite some land, they will not qualify for a living income and have to sustain themselves. They can sell their properties first and when they are unemployed they can qualify for a living income.

2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

When we no longer see our income as a way to become wealthy, things immediately change. Which means that when our income is no longer something that can be used as a cash cow for taxes, but simply sustains your basic needs. Then where do we get the money from and thus what money do we use instead of tax money? When we no longer use taxes as redistribution and simply set a price for the use of for instance infrastructure and make it into a contribution system, then tax is no longer a personal attack but simply paid whenever and how much you use it. In other words if you make use of the economic system, you’ll proportionally contribute more to sustain it, from a starting point of having your financially basics needs met.

Maite Zamora Moreno: “If a basic income or living income is provided through non-tax funding – then the ‘pay as you go’ tax or ‘TEAL’ should be sufficient to mobilize the funds needed for other government expenditures, which we suggest would be quite limited if the economy in itself is largely corrected and empowered through the integration of the Living Income or Basic Income – then other taxes can indeed be abolished.”

3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.

Inheritance within a society where our basic needs are met is of no need if we look at the purpose of an inheritance. It’s meant to pass on wealth within a particular family. With this wealth comes power as well and within a more humane system there is no way to control people with money when all people’s basic financial needs are met. So abolition is not necessary since inheritance will become obsolete in the end. It will be a natural process and thus no need to act as a powerful government/state that dictates people to get rid of their self-styled rights. People in general do not like change and especially change where they think they may lose things instead of gaining them.

4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.

When every country has its own people basic needs met, due to a new economic system such as LIG, there will not be as much movement around the globe as we see now a day. Most emigrants are economic emigrants and if they would have a decent life in the country they grew up, they most likely prefer to stay in their own country. Emigrants that like the adventure of living somewhere else and really contributing to another society are not seen as a threat but as an asset when money and jobs are no longer something to fight over.

5. Centralisation of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.

The nationalization of banks and digitalizing money will make banking into a management of funds. With a living income personal debt will no longer accumulate. With LIG all debt will be forgiven, banks will facilitate the building of houses and will facilitate the placement of motorcars, which are debt based on capital investments and good for economic growth. Profits will be there from a minimal interest rate and can be used to facilitate a Living Income Guaranteed. Taxes will be collected by the nationalized banking system, sales tax and value added taxes. Also here we use the principle of paying on how much one uses.

6. Centralisation of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.

Media should be in the hands of the people, owned by the people. We should be able to develop critical thinking, investigate certain topics and share this through media. That way we will have media that is of the people and for the people.

Transportation can be nationalized since this is a basic need for people and should not be in the hands of individuals trying to make a profit out of it. We must be able to travel from a to b and simply pay for the service, so that everyone is able to pay for these services.

7. Extension of factories and instrument of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste land, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.

There is no need to make factories/companies owned by the state. When now people have a living income and before they were not really part of the economic system, as in customers, now the amount of customers will increase and companies can make more profit. This profit can be used to better the working conditions in the factories/companies and they do not have to compulsively increasing the production. That way prices can become affordable and quality can increase. The factory/company no longer has to be a profit-making machine and employees will be happy and feel valued. Employees can even be the shareholders of that company, have a saying in the future of the company and feel more committed to the job as when they are exploited by their boss.

Using the soil for agriculture and not abusing the soil is a principle that we need to respect as long as we will be able to eat from what Mother Nature is able to give us. Respect for all our human fellows is a great start, though respect for all life should be in place if we do not want to end up as abusers.

8. Equal liability of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.

When all people need a job we certainly have to create more jobs. The question is: are there enough reasonable and useful jobs to get an entire planet working? A lot of the current jobs will be automated within the next decade. There are currently jobs that shouldn’t be here if we all took our responsibility. And there are jobs that are not yet invented, many environmental problems need to be solved and thus need new approaches. Why should we all be working when someone if fine with earning a living income and be a responsible citizen who participates within society? Let people do the things they’re good at, create happy people.

9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.

There will be more people living in the countryside when they have a living income and do not depend on jobs in the city or they work from home. This will be a natural process where people who like the countryside go and live there for agricultural reasons or simply to live more with nature.

10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labour in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production.

Free education is a beautiful goal and should already start with the parents before they even have their children. Knowing who you are will make it easier to guide your child through life without transferring your unprocessed issues to your child. Knowing what a child goes through and knowing that your child will always be a mirror for yourself, makes you aware of your attitude towards and around your children and children in general.

Home-schooling your children the first seven years of their lives gives you the opportunity to bond with your child and teach them their basics in a one on one setting. School after seven years of home-schooling will be an addition and a gathering of students to discover those things they would like to learn with other students of different ages. Teachers will be coaches that guide the students in their quest of finding the right knowledge and information and incorporate it in such a way that they can work with it and complete their intended purpose or project.

School should be a place that creates critical thinkers that are ready for the era they live in and not a hatchery for children that will become factory or office employees easy to manage by their bosses.

Today Communism in its purest form is hardly to be found anywhere and it is likely that it will not survive the test of time. When we look again at the word Communism, we can see that we can split it up into: come u is me. That would be a wonderful start for any new system that we can bring into life. Come and join, because you are equal to me and I am equal to you, we will care for each other and not settle for less.

Communism had its chances, its time to bring in something new, built upon the experiences and various dimensions of the old. Join us in exploring the best solutions for the best society where all of us can live our utmost potential. Investigate a Living Income Guaranteed.


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Posted by on March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Russia: self-honesty through the brainwashed eyes of society

In Russia an average of 16 kids is raped and murdered every day by pedophiles. Parliament is calling for chemical castration under the pressure of the public opinion. Already in 2008 parliament spoke about chemical castration, but has still not found its way into legislation. The pedophile network is a large network in Russia and has influential figures in high places within society. Till now the state has failed and that’s where the people became their own judges. Parents who hunt down the rapist of their child and commit murder are not rare in Russia.

Official pedophile crime rates that are registered are quite low compared to the US and the UK. This is the result of the lack of trust in the law enforcement agencies by the Russian people. There are no special police squads when it comes to pedophilia and not enough police officers in the first place to enforce the law. 17% of the Russian population are pedophiles. The influence of the pedophile network within the parliament is obvious when the leader of the communist fraction compared chemical castration with cutting off the hands of the thief and a last resort.

In fact chemical castration is the easy way out, it’s a medication that’s only effective as long as the treatment continues. It’s simply a pill that reduces the libido and therefore results in less sexual activity. So the word castration is highly exaggerated. A study on pedophilia showed that castration isn’t the answer. Not all pedophiles have intercourse with their victims. The motivation for pedophiles to seek child victims and sexually abuse them originates from a point of power and control. It’s not so much the sexual act the pedophile is aiming for, but the orgasmic sexual thrill he gets from overpowering and controlling a minor. It’s the desire that they play out in reality.

Most rapes and assaults are ending up in murder to destroy evidence and to lower the chance to get caught. The biggest fear of a pedophile is to end up in prison and get assaulted and bullied themselves. The percentages of pedophiles that do get caught and put into prison is negligible, which leaves society with this high rate of human time bombs. The ineffectiveness of the government creates a society of fear, dishonesty and deceit. It’s not only the government that can be pointed out as the perpetrator.

The root for this huge pedophile problem in Russia is the disfunction of society. Disfunction of communism that has left the country at an economic level of postwar II. The amount of extreme rich people has grown and so did the poor. Official ratings says that  a 100 thousand children live on the streets and 5 million live in families with no actual adult supervision. So the root cause is the high numbers of homeless and parentless children in Russia, which makes it easy for the pedophiles to pick a victim without the chance of getting caught.

Russian society shows us that a legal system that stands for fair and honest treatment, when under influence of the perpetrators network ends up as a dishonest, evil and dangerous system. Parents who are still united with their kids do no longer trust the system and at the same time they do not trust themselves when they take the law into their own hands and make casualties. Prison is now the place where parents of raped and murdered children are put away, instead of the pedophiles that could freely pick their victims.

The system, the Russian society, functions from the starting point of a honest system. Those that commit a crime and get caught and convicted will be locked up in prison. When the system was really a fair system it was able to look in self-honesty at the root cause of crimes as pedophilia. Homeless and parentless children make it easy for the pedophiles. Homeless and parentless children are existing due to a disfunctioning communist society. Disfunction, because the system do not see all as equal and all as worthy to live. If Russian society could take its own responsibility and in self-honesty see that it didn’t work, it could have changed into another system. That didn’t happen, because people thought they were doing a honest job in keeping the system in place. A system that abuses or allows abuse can never  be a self-honest system. A self-honest system dares to question itself and dares to see the disadvantages.

A system that claims to be a honest system, but is not willing to seek for the origin of the errors that occur, will slowly but surely terminate itself. Honesty becomes dishonesty when the real problems are deliberately tugged away and the system turns a blind eye. As much as the system is to blame also the humans within it are to blame for the lack of self-honesty that’s being justified with honesty. No system in dishonesty will ever survive as long as dishonesty wields the scepter. Therefore communism has proven time after time that it failed to care for it’s citizens and must be striped through when it comes to our worlds future. Only  a system that allows it’s population to be self-honest and that creates together with it’s population a self-honest future which no longer tolerates double moral standards that makes pedophilia possible, is worthy of existing.

Within an Equal Money System, self-honesty is the standard. Morals, ethics and traditions are redundant. Honesty will be considered as the brainwahsed system term for dishonesty, since it only supports the morals and values of the system.

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


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China’s “Golden Shield” versus the human right to free communication

China is an empire with the fastes growing market that pulled them out of the dark days of the Cultural Revolution and spits them out as a fish out of water into the worlds largest internet market with 450 million users on-line. A great responsibility for Communistic China considering the question if free communication is a human right within their conventional political system. The ever lasting dilemma between freedom and security. On one hand the Chinese people do not believe they are ready for free access to all information and on the other hand the Politburo is fearing that freedom of communication will end up in chaos and subversion of the Communistic regime.

China’s government invented the “Golden Shield” or “Great Firewall”, this invisibility cloak that no one sees yet that can only be experienced when entering cyber space, is providing the government with the security that chaos and overthrow of the party will not happen. The “Golden Shield” is blocking words and searches on the internet and this changes from day to day. Specific words will only appear in a censored way, such as “Tibet” without the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen square without the tanks or Liu Xiaobo Nobel price winner described in a positive manner. The contractors, the internet providers and search engines, have to figure out themselves what filters to use to censor sensitive terms. For the internet users the “Golden Shield” is opaque, the contractors know perfectly well what and how to filter political, pornographically and extremely violent topics. If they do not filter, the government can put them out of business or impose heavy sanctions on them.

For the millions of internet users the “Golden Shield” is almost like a God. It’s invisible and one encounters it when crossing the line and searching for taboo topics and words. People do not know how this filtering is technically done, which places the “Golden Shield” within a mysterious perspective. China, where religion is non-existing, though people fear the shield as if it was an all-knowing and correcting entity at the same time. One that resembles God by taking away the responsibility of men and brainwashing them into thinking they cannot handle free flows of information on the internet.

Within this cultural climate of China, where the internet market is still fast growing, this country in 2005 became an object of interest for the biggest search machine in the world. Google a corporation with a free spirit that originated and was founded by hackers, decided to bring free communication to China. Google’s culture says that information should be free, therefore societies have the opportunity to become free. They overlooked the fact that China considers these kind of beliefs as ideology and therefore a threat to the regime. Bringing together Communism and Capitalism through free communication and information flows is basically impossible. Both systems are not capable of conforming themselves to each other. Google saw their weapon of free communication as a binding factor, while China saw it as a mass destruction weapon.

At a specific point this adventure of Google in China became a battle of 2 countries fighting for their own interpretation of freedom. When Hillary Clinton as the US government started interfering, suddenly the similarities of both countries according their approach to free internet and free communication were revealed.

Hillary Clinton said:

“But countries that restrict free access to information or violate the basic rights of the internet users, they risk walling themselves of from the progress of the next century.”

“Those who disrobed the free flow of information in our society or any other, pose a threat  to any other economy, our government and our civil society. Countries or individuals that engage into cyber attacks should face consequences and international condemnation. In an internet connected world an attack on one nations it’s network can be an attack on all. Historical a-symetrical access to information is one of the leading causes of interstate conflict. “

The people in China placed some critical notes and called the US statement made by Hillary Clinton, US hypocrisy. They referred to the issues the US had with demanding information from Twitter and their reactions towards the scandal with WikiLeaks. The Chinese people accused the US of finger pointing while the US is doing the same as China, but in a different way.

The question to ask is if there exists such a thing as free communication/information and free access to all information available. Almost every country has a form of censorship under the disguise of cultural accepted taboo’s. Things like when there is too much sexual harassment on the internet, governments have no other choice then narrowing down the internet. This seems like acting from a point of being too late. When the starting point for the distribution of information is made in the best interest of all and when the political system of a country is acting in the best interest of all, there does not exist such a thing as different traditions and having to adopt the trading culture of the country your having your business in.

The Communist regime in China fears the empowerment of the people by giving them access to all available information. They come up with excuses as total chaos will occur. While they know that this chaos will only be there to overthrow their regime. The Capitalistic regimes will never admit they are censuring and when caught they justify it with general interest and an attack on the freedom the system provides.

The outflow of China’s attitude is having economical consequences. When the internet is restricted at the same time it will restrict economical growth and prohibit modernisation of society. Due to the financial crisis China’s industrial sector has been damaged, therefore they need to develop the low grade industry into a high grade industry. This process is only possible when innovative, talented foreign companies settle themselves in China. So an exchange of knowledge can take place and get the best out of different cultures.

Both countries are in many ways depending on one another, but will always see each other as enemies. Their own political and economical system has brainwashed them into nations that are fearful and have not even the desire to get closer together. They are not so much fighting each other with the weapon of free communication, they are playing out this money power game. Just following the money. Last year Google left China and settled in Hong Kong, they see a wide unexplored market where still a lot of money can be made. The 20% of market share Google left behind in China is taken by Baidu, China’s biggest provider. Baidu is now recruiting young Americans who speak Chinese, to come and work for them. Power is shifting financially and still nations see no reason to cooperate and work together, while only their systems and traditions are different, they are all human beings.

With an Equal Money System there is no fear for information, only that what is in the best interest of all will be shared. Everybody is able to see in common sense what is in the best interest of all. Who disagrees needs to check it’s starting points. In the best interest of all cannot differ, it’s always stable. Now people are cut off from the rest of the digital world by having no access to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Who need a “Golden Shield” or “God Shield”, when it’s obvious that specific information will not help us to develop ourselves and get the best out of life. When the Shield is based on fear and emotions it will never work, it will only be a smoke curtain, a veil of deception that is easily unmasked. World equality will bring us together without fear for the other and ourselves.

This is the link to a Dutch documentary about China:


Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


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China the land of contrasts

China the land where billionaires are in Congres, making the laws and representing the interest of the people who need help. Rural China is still not at a developed level when it comes to basic needs such as housing and food, while in other parts of China ultra modern cities are rising where only people can live who have vast amounts of money or investors in the real estate business. This China, that became a remarkable economic success, has been build at the expenses of infant, hard working factory workers, but times are changing.

Every other year the wages increase, though the Chinese worker wages are still low compared to the rest of the world. China can still compete with other countries that manufacture for the West, which doesn’t mean that the production is as high as before. The demands from the West has been decreasing and Western companies seek for cheaper countries such as Bangladesh to make more profit. China has been the world’s factory for over 20 years now and around 150 million peasants moved from the countryside to the cities, they make around $200 a month without a day off and working overtime for free. Most of their wages are send to their family in the less developed parts of the nation. Due to China’s law the hukou (the household registration system), these peasants that moved away from their birth places, are no longer entitled to have governmental services like education, healthcare and social services. This leaves migrant workers at the mercy of their bosses, what is reflected by the way these workers live with mostly 12 of them in dirty, smelling dormitories. Maybe wages have changed, but the life of an average factory worker didn’t change.

Premier Wen Jiabao is aware of this income gap between rich and poor and with the income increase every other year the government tries to stimulate the domestic consumption. There is a lot of hot money in the Chinese market, but that’s in hands of private entrepreneurs who run the factories and speculate in real estate. With billionaires in Congres and the communistic system that allowed capitalist to join in, one can imagine that the basic needs of all the Chinese people are not going to be met.

Another problem China is facing is the fast aging of their population due to their one-child policy. China’s labour market begins to tighten up with less youth on the factory floors. This demographic change is withholding the Chinese economic growth, that once was spectaculair powerful and will stop the massive pool of cheap labour. Since also China believes in an economy that must keep on growing, this growth has to be stimulated in other ways. The domestic spending needs to increase through governmental stimulation since accelerating inflation and rising property prices have undermined households’ spending power.

The Chinese government, in order to keep up with their 8.4% growth of the gross domestic product (GDP), came up with a $585 billion stimulus package. This package is spent on social development and domestic spending. A large amount, $220 billion, is spent on public infrastructure as building houses  and a railroad throughout the nation. People in the rural areas were stimulated to buy tv’s and refrigerators, while nearby the cities totally new cities rise with yet no residents. Ordos is such a city in inner Mongolia, an empty city build in 5 years time and meant for 1 million residents. The motivation to build a city like Ordos is likely GDP, one major way a government can raise their GDP is to spend more money. The more China builds the more it’s economic activities increase and the higher it’s GDP will become. Building is probably the easiest way to achieve this GDP growth in China. Local officials build empty homes block after block. Most of the houses/apartments are bought by investors and are hold as an investment which means that nobody actually lives in them.  Till now nobody ever lost money or much money on real estate in China. Therefore the homes are now a place to put cash in, instead of being a place to live. Ordos is China’s Texas and full of overnight millionaires, rich from massive coal deposits. Today Ordos has the second highest per capita income in China after Shang Hai. Not long ago the people lived here in tents, they were nomads. The old city of Ordos still exist at 30 km away from the new empty Ordos. The government decided that their GDP had to grow and decided that the old city wasn’t good enough anymore. The people of Ordos are supposed to move into the modern city of Ordos, but you can ‘t expect people to move into a city where there is no economy and houses costs 8.8 times the average annual income.  So for now new Ordos waits for that one day when people decide to come and live in it, till then it’s a ghost city while the demand for proper housing is big and only the governments GDP growth is met.

China is at the moment at a critical juncture, the nation faces an imbalance and economical instability. This is due to the gap between poor and rich and the friction between communism/socialism and Chinese tradition. The tradition of China is build on Confucianism, which sees the family and the community as highly important, where communism under Mao tried to break up with family tradition and saw people as individuals who needed to unite as a nation. This gave already a lot of instability in the sixties and seventies. Today media and a group of intellectuals in all layers of the society try to re-introduce Chinese tradition as in Confucianism. They see the current junction in a two way option:
1. China degenerates which means economical chaos and political disintegration. Within this option not only China would suffer from this also the rest of the world, since China is the engine and life buoy of world’s economy.
2. China returns to their tradition and creates stability through Confucianism, where oneness doesn’t stop at the borders of China. It will also include Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Vietnam and Korea. China will not be seen as a military or economical power, but wants to be seen as a cultural power. The domestic budget in China is higher than the military budgets, which is a example of cultural power.

What does this Confucianism of Confucius roughly implies? To him family/friends, work and working on yourself are the 3 main pillars of his teachings. Learning to him is most important to build up your caracter and to realize yourself. The teachings of Confucius ask for self reflection 3 times a day on 3 points.

1. have we been honest today and taken our responsibility within our work and society?

2. do we live the promises we made to our family and friends?

3. are we learning from the information that reaches us every day and were we able to apply this to improve ourselves?

This is the tradition where China originates from, it’s ingrained in their DNA, therefore communism has been hard on them and has in a way disintegrated the population. While making capitalistic needs for the West in their factories they got exposed to the capitalistic virus of wanting, needing and never having enough. Which brought them in an even bigger confusion when they understood what capitalism implied. Older people complain that the youth of today who grew up relatively wealthy has no working spirit anymore.

As said before, China is in a transition stage, where they can choose for endless wrong proven systems or choose for a system that’s close to their own traditional culture. To not only leave the nation with culture, but a working system where basic needs will be provided regarding an endless GDP’s growth. China would be, as all the other  countries considered by Confucius, a great candidate for an Equal Money System. Why not change for the better when the choice needs to be made. The pillars within the EMS are: self-honesty, self-responsibility, changing yourself through information that you investigated and therefore walked, family has to be seen as all living beings and no limitations by using family ties and borders of cities and nations. EMS and Confucianism have overlaps, but will probably not be seen as the solution right away by the intellectuals. Since they see Confucianism as a belief and a belief is a tool to them to cope with life. EMS would end the devision between poor and rich just all equal and one and only applying that which is in the best interest of all. An equal China who can be the living example for all, that what they desire the most.

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