Party Leaders to Resolve Social Discontent via Mass Hypnotism

2006-10-08 - Absurdfool

In the past seven days, Chinese fellow citizens in Mainland China have emptied their banks with an amount of 300 billion yuan or US$38 billion, a year-on-year rise of 14.5 percent and each contributed a per capita holiday spending of 250 yuan to celebrate the country's 57th anniversary.

The 7-day May and October holiday initiative triggered by then Premier Zhu about 10 years ago has proven a simple principle right - the total is much bigger than its arithmetic sum. The central rulers must now be happy as a bird. Curding bank loans to discourage such capital investment projects as real estate and infrastructure has to be compensated by an expansion of domestic consumption. Otherwise Premier Wen might not be able to deliver a soft touchdown report of the economy next year.

To further guarantee this spending spree, a proposal to designate more public holidays for the countrymen has been submitted for approval. It will likewise show the decision's political correctness as the Party is driving to build a socialist harmonious society with Chinese characterics. More leisure for the people will surely make them happy and feel being less exploited.

China's road of capitalist transition is no easy matter for the Communist Party elites. A face-lift change requires a peaceful social environment, but changes that have to be made drastically will break people's hearts consequentially. The Party is still trying hard to fill holes left behind years ago by the subtle privatization of state-owned-enterprises, and the dissolution of collective farming. The possibility of potential social upheavals created by the softening of the household registration policy to allow the unemployed to find jobs elsewhere alone is quite an headache for the regime. The urban unemployment rate is hiking at about 4.2 percent. Surplus of labor in the countryside is growing. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, 45 million people will migrate to the cities for work. There are already over 60 million movable population crowded in the cities finding means to meet their ends. The simple principle of "The total is much bigger than its arithmetic sum" would mean a lot more in this scenario. A malfunction in any tache of the socio-economic mechanism could easily light up this hidden dynamite.

Early this year, China's Public Security Ministry issued a report claiming 87,000 public riots and demonstrations across China in 2005, an increase of more than 6.6 percent from 2004. This figure quadruples the number of such incidents that occurred during the mid-1990s.

As a result of the capitalist transition, the country's richest 10 percent of families possess more than 40 percent of the total household wealth, while the poorest 10 percent only have 2 percent. 60 percent of urban residents failed to reach the nation's average level of disposable income. The regional income gap is also yawning, with the per capita GDP of the country's most wealthy province over 10 times greater than that of the poorest province. The country's Gini coefficient, an international measurement of income disparity, is estimated to have exceeded the danger level of 0.4. The excessive wealth gap is definitely a principal disharmonious factors in Chinese society. Uneven income distribution because of unjust practices is especially creating discontent in the society.

The Hu-Wen duo's recent purge of corrupted officials in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjing, Fujian and Hunan etc is a move to show to the people the ruling party's determination to strive for a better government and to enhance public trust. And it is also an ought-to-be-done measure to kill discontents that are directing against the government at its infancy to prevent them from growing to a stage like seventeen years ago. The recent example setting clamp down of Shanghai's party chief means much more than that of an intra-party factional struggle amongst the central and the peripheric power houses. As said in an article released on Oct 8 by Xinhua, "Aware of the theory that social conflicts may surface in large amounts when per capita GDP enters the 1,000-3,000 U.S. dollars stage, the Party's policy makers have realized improper handling of the complicated situation will lead to economic stagnation and social instability." The up-and-coming "resolutions of the CPC Central Committee on major issues regarding the building of a harmonious socialist society" will probably be another dose of hypnodoxin to hypnothize the people in mass theraphies. Nonetheless, the party's propaganda apparatus will further tighten its media control to minimize the potential spread of social discontent aroused by any unjust social incident.

Photo from Nora on Shanghai shopping district, October 1, 2005.

18 4月19:16

good to have more

By hoidick

good to have more holidays
Submitted by oiwan on Mon, 2006-10-09 11:03.

i hope hong kong can follow the mainland example by reducing the working hours, sharing jobs and boosting up the local consumption market.

I bet you do, oiwan it's
Submitted by Absurdfool on Mon, 2006-10-09 11:16.

I bet you do, oiwan
it's a trend anyway
only if efficiency at work is not hampered
according to marx, leisure is a way to reproduce labour itself
but in reality
it mostly is not the case