I have a lot of respect for traditional conservatives. I also admire libertarians. They are in effect two sides of the same coin. In both cases, we may disagree on much, but at least from my perspective, they have a number of good ideas. In these days of coronavirus hysteria and Eurangloland doing everything in its power to destroy the Chinese people's way of life, their philosophies are more cogent and compelling than ever.
There is nothing new about conservatism and libertarianism. Confucius, who dates back 2,500 years, espoused these notions,
- Respect nature, historical and social institutions.
- Be upstanding role models to show them the way and then have limited government in people's affairs.
- Check the abuses of the aristocracy and wealthy gentry.
- Assess low taxes on the citizens' means of production.
- Work hard to develop and maintain good relations with bordering neighbors.
- Avoid war at all costs.
Lao Zi, the creator of Daoism and The Dao, met Confucius. They likely inspired each other, with the latter saying much the same thing, but more from a spiritual aspect and less a socioeconomic one. Then Buddhism arrived to China in the first century AD. Over the ensuing millennia, these three philosophies melded into a successful guiding philosophy for the citizenry. Today, most Chinese don't really distinguish between them. It is a unitary, holistic ideal.
The daily goal is Xiaokang (小康), meaning modest prosperity for all. The ultimate goal is Datong, (大同) which is in fact pure communism, and it goes back to the roots of Chinese civilization, 5,000 years ago.
I have researched and written extensively about all this in The China Trilogy (see below).
The fact that the Chinese people have been aspiring to practice Confucism-Daoism-Buddhism-Communism-Socialism since their beginnings and still do, is a testament to their millennial longevity as a people and nation.
This may surprise you, but Mao Zedong continued this tradition after liberation in 1949. Incredibly misunderstood and psychopathically demonized in the West's Big Lie Propaganda Machine (BLPM), the Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution were world history's biggest projects respecting Numbers Two through Six above, devolving "Greek" direct democracy down to street and village level. Socialism is all about bottom up people's democracy, be it China, DPRK, Iran, Cuba or Venezuela.
Mao's administrations were always trying to devolve decision making down to the people, but in a country with millions of neighborhoods and hamlets, it can get rowdy and rambunctious. Thus, Baba Beijing found itself having to rely the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to maintain national peace, production and prosperity. This was nothing new. Chinese administrations throughout history would ebb and flow between Confucian libertarianism and central government control to keep the ship of state upright and cohesive, with the goal of Xiaokang and Datong being the guiding beacons.
Every post-liberation Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping (in the present) worked hard for Xiaokang, with the dream of achieving ancient Datong. In fact, Xi Jinping's People's Republic of China (PRC) liberation centennial goal in 2049 is considered to be the launch date for the grand plan to transition the Chinese nation into Datong, or pure communism: Karl Marx's From Each According to His Ability, to Each According to His Needs.
It's hard to do. Really hard. Never been done, with the exception of DPRK coming closest, in spite of two generations of genocidal, Western sabotage and war being waged against it. Chinese civilization has been working at for millennia. But, you know what? I think Baba Beijing and its citizens can finally make it happen after 2049. China will be the richest country in the world, the best educated, the most technologically advanced and militarily unassailable.
Mao Zedong proved that it can never happen with capitalism. Datong, a world at peace, in complete harmony, living in safety and lacking want can only be achieved through socialism, and then the transition to communism. Since 1949, the Chinese have continued to successfully work towards the lofty goal of communist Datong.
Keeping Mao's tenets as a foundation, post-liberation leaders Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao focused on creating the broad-based wealth the people needed to eventually transition from Socialism with Chinese Characteristics to pure communism in the future.
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