Tuesday, August 12

The Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy

Anne Applebaum discusses Yang Jisheng's 楊繼繩 Tombstone 墓碑
If the Chinese Communist Party were to present an honest version of its own past, its own legitimacy might also come into question. Why, exactly, does a party with a history drenched in blood and suffering enjoy a monopoly on political power in China? Why does a nominally Marxist party, one whose economic theories proved utterly bankrupt in the past, still preside over an explosively capitalist society? Because there aren't any good answers to those questions, it's in the Chinese leadership's interest to make sure they don't get asked.
More on Tombstone here.

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