Registered On: September 7, 2015
I largely agree with you here, Bucks, I do find the one eyed nature of how some left wingers treat China, and others not aligned with western hegemony, to be against internationalism. The outlook seems to be that we shouldn’t be able to criticise such regimes because we’re bad or worse in that some see it as lies because it fits western narratives. This doesn’t represent all leftists, after all I see myself as left leaning and supportive of social democracy, but I am concerned at the volume of opinions like this.
However, I’d argue that you are being ideologically swayed yourself here. China have let go of a lot of their communist past, they’ve opened themselves up to the markets. Many western companies use it as a source of supply and work (McDonalds, Apple, Adidas, Puma, H & M, Fila, Gap, The North Face, Calvin Klein and others all have substantial workforce in China. Some say slave labour). Therefore, a more capitalist nature has not curbed Chinese totalitarianism, and freer markets does not guarantee human rights. In fact, it’s this I find amazing when we hear some leftists refuse to criticise China. There’s an argument against capitalism here; capitalist companies exploit Chinese workforce, and use slaves for their produce. What’s needed is a strong democratic constitution and free legal system to enforce democracy, which does include strong elements of the state for a democracy to work, and China doesn’t have this.
I’m ok with people having faith, but when bpg comes on here to state that this is a problem with atheism I am going to argue against it. I agree that the problem of totalitarianism, abuse and greed extends beyond religion. It’s a problem of ideology, of which religion is one type. Ideologies blind the people to actions that would often instinctively make them shun, because they’re told it’s needed for the good of God, the country or the people. The issue isn’t those who have scepticism towards the claims of ideological certainties.