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China's Morally Hollow Economy
American Specator ^ | 10/28/2011 | Samuel Gregg

Posted on 10/28/2011 1:48:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

In recent weeks, China has been consumed by an unprecedented internal debate concerning a subject bound to make its Communist rulers nervous. At issue is the moral health of Chinese society.

Widespread Chinese discussion of this most un-politically correct subject was triggered by the October 21 death of a two-year old girl in the city of Foshan in Guangdong province. She died of internal injuries sustained after being run-over not once, but twice in a local market.

Accidents happen. But what made little Wang Yue's death a matter for intense public discussion was the fact that nearly 20 people simply walked by and ignored her plight as she lay bleeding in the gutter.

What, hundreds of Chinese websites, newspapers and even state media outlets are asking, does this say about Chinese society? Have Chinese people lost all sense of concern for others in the midst of the scramble for wealth unleashed by China's long march away from economic collectivism? One local official summarized the collective angst by stating: "We should look into the ugliness in ourselves with a dagger of conscience and bite the soul-searching bullet."

The problem, from the perspective of China's party-government-military elites, is such soul-searching may lead increasing numbers of Chinese to conclude that the circumstances surrounding Wang Yue's death are symptomatic of deeper public morality problems confronting China, some of which could significantly impede its economic development.

One such challenge is widespread corruption. By definition, corruption doesn't easily lend itself to close study. Its perpetrators are rarely interested in anyone studying their activities. Few question, however, that there's a high correlation between corruption and widespread and direct government involvement in the economy.

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; economy; morality

1 posted on 10/28/2011 1:48:09 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Good points, but it doesn’t help that Good Samaritans in China often end up as scapegoats.

Word there is that if you stop and help you’re super stupid and will get busted.

Plenty are callous, but I think some are also scared to help.


2 posted on 10/28/2011 1:51:37 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

attempt to tie morality with economy is to say as china move towards capitalism it is leaving morality behind. Is US more moral because its moving more towards socialism?


3 posted on 10/28/2011 1:54:05 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: 4rcane

Since when is being industrious at work prevent someone from helping others. Why are they trying to make it an either/or thing?

It is collectivist societies that send the message that human life is cheap.


4 posted on 10/28/2011 1:59:02 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s lots of city dwellers in the east coast and millions of poor people in the other provinces. There’s Han Chinese and then there’s everybody else. Chinese morality? There isn’t one China, even if the regime thinks that there is.


5 posted on 10/28/2011 2:07:57 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: Truth is a Weapon

What part of China is collectivist?


6 posted on 10/28/2011 2:09:11 PM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: SeekAndFind
"Morally Hollow Economy"

Good description.
7 posted on 10/28/2011 2:17:48 PM PDT by indthkr
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To: SeekAndFind

The child was female and, therefore, expendable in that culture. Too many benighted cultures on the planet still treat females as little more than chattel. If the child had been a boy, people would have tried to help him. The Chinese government one child policy led to so many female fetuses being aborted that there is now a large imbalance among young people in the male to female ratio. Yet the preference for male children is so ingrained that female kids are still expendable.


8 posted on 10/28/2011 2:37:57 PM PDT by Wolfstar
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To: SeekAndFind

I am currently reading “Mao’s Great Famine” and it is brutal what happened to all the Chinese people and their mistreatment and starvation.


9 posted on 10/28/2011 3:09:14 PM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: SeekAndFind

Godless commies may not make such hot capitalists. Hell, even the constitution was never intended for the Godless.


10 posted on 10/28/2011 3:16:20 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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11 posted on 10/28/2011 3:35:00 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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Thanks SeekAndFind.


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To: gaijin
Word there is that if you stop and help you’re super stupid and will get busted.

Please explain as I know nothing about the people's lives in China.

Thanks.

13 posted on 10/28/2011 5:22:25 PM PDT by Eaker ("If someone misquotes you, it's because they know you're right.")
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To: indthkr

I agree. But that sounds a lot like ours, doesn’t it?


14 posted on 10/28/2011 5:48:07 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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