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Stop that Gucci and Prada Talk - Chinese and Russians People Want to Live, too!

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I hear this again and again, whenever I speak in the West:

"What kind of Communism is that, in China? In all big cities, they have Prada and Gucci in every major department store."

Western leftists are obsessed with this topic. They do not even realize how ridiculous, how racist their arguments actually are!

China, with some 6,000 years long history, 1.3 billion inhabitants and the second largest economy in the world, has almost eradicated extreme poverty in the cities, and in the countryside. For the first time in modern history, people are moving from the urban centers to the villages. The great Ecological Civilization effort is demonstrating to the world how to save the environment, and the planet. The country is firmly back with its brilliant model of "Communism with the Chinese characteristics". Its foreign policy is more and more internationalist.

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But the more progressive, independent-minded and kind to its people China becomes, the more it is attacked and antagonized by the West. The more is its Communist model scrutinized, under the microscope.

By the Right, by the racists and imperialists naturally, but by the Left?

The problem is that the Western Left subscribes to exceptionalism almost as much as the Right.

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It demands purity, great sacrifice and austerity from countries like China and Russia.

As I have already described in many of my essays and books, including Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, there is hardly anything pure left in London or Paris. Hardly anyone is ready to commit to anything ideological, especially to the revolutionary struggle. Sacrifice or austerity is totally foreign to Europeans or North Americans, no matter on what side of the political spectrum they stand.

But the Chinese and Russians are expected to behave like saints.

Actually, the entire planet is supposed to stop consuming, driving expensive cars, wearing designer shoes and bags, and if possible, to stop traveling.

All these privileges are reserved for Westerners, and for the elites in 'client' states.

It is never pronounced like this, in one breath. But that is what the Western left-wing intellectuals with their, outdated and rejected by the entire world 'anarcho-syndicalist logic', really want to push down the throats of all non-Western people.

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And I say: such twisted logic is insulting, even disgusting.

For centuries, the West has been robbing, and looting everything, in all corners of the world.

Designer boots is what the British and French 'gentlemen' were kicking 'un-people' with, in their crotches and their buttocks. Designer clothes were worn by the first and second generations of those refined European ladies in North America, while the native population was being exterminated, and slaves were laboring and getting raped on the plantations.

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The West, led by an increasingly hysterical US, is waging a desperate all out political-economic-military hybrid war against the rise of an alternative power center spearheaded by China and Russia. Other major players like India and Turkey are hedging their bets between the two, although some like Iran have been forced to choose already.

The West's pious slander against rising standards of life in the East reminds me of Bush's shameful remark in 2008 about rising meat consumption in developing countries (mainly populous ones like China, India and Indonesia) as the cause of global food scarcity and high prices. Statistics at the time showed this was sheer envy mixed with the usual lies. The average American at the time was consuming 25 times meat compared to an average Indian.

Such statements are not just hypocritical, they are factually plain wrong. As the two figures below from Statista show, although China may have grown to be the second largest economy in the world behind the US, this is an aggregate number that does not take into account how many more people there are in China. On a per capita basis, developing and emerging economies of the East are far behind the US and Europe. The average Chinese earns about a sixth of an average American. An average Indian earns a meager 3%. Given the limitations of GDP (it is an arithmetic mean, not a median), this doesn't mean every American enjoys a lavish lifestyle. By the same token, not every Chinese or Indian makes even that far lower average.

Gross domestic product (GDP) ranking by country 2017 (in billion U.S. dollars)


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Gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in selected global regions at current prices in 2017 (in U.S. dollars)


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If standards of living in the East are rising today, it is entirely due to the hard work put in by its people who enjoy nowhere close to the welfare benefits and social security nets those in the West have. In most countries of the East, there is no unemployment benefit. People work long hours, save for their own old age and invest wisely. If some of them have achieved lifestyles resembling those of the Western elite, this is not representative of the lives of the average worker.

What the West really wants is to freeze the East-West economic divide for eternity. This is not going to happen.

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Are you praising the West for great welfare and social security nets?

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There is no "American exceptionalism".

And there is no "Chinese exceptionalism" either.

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