Dear friends and colleagues,
One of my associates has brought to my attention an article by Radio Australia and other short articles on the question of attacks on kindergartens and children that have become a national problem in China. I responded to him and would to share my point of view on the emergence of the problem and dealing with it. The Beijing government has acknowledged this unusual human propensity. I’m quite sure they will be dealing with it. Your comments are welcome.
From: Sidney J. Gluck <email@example.com>
Sent: Thu, Aug 12, 2010 2:49 pm
Subject: Re: [Working_Class_Study_and_Action] The Impoversished Attack China’s Preschoolers
Thank you for the information about the attacks on children. There is no doubt that these dastardly deeds did take place and are taking place in China. There are, also, good reasons that everyone is aware and that the government has remarked and taken action on the situation, though one might consider it a bit late. To estimate whether it is late or whether it is propitious to go further into the problem at this time will be left to individual judgments.
Radio Australia begins its evaluation in a historically framed sentence stating that “[r]apid social change has been blamed after another violent knife attack at a kindergarten in China”. The government has publicly indicated its consideration of the problem. It is also taking steps not just to prosecute the offenders but to determine the cause of their actions.
From a historic point of view, the economic and social changes engendered a leap from feudalism to industrialization on the road to socialism encompassing many changes of class relations and political approaches that has been the background of Chinese politics from the very inception of the Communist victory over Chiang Kai Shek and the establishment of its leadership from the national center. The history of the various stages of the Chinese Communist Party administration must be understood for the many changes in its approach to industrializing, modernizing, and opening to the world. The Hu administration, which began in 2003, must be commended for acknowledging the complex situations, engaging public opinion, and taking action, both governmental and social, to deal with the myriad of historic contradictions.
This has bedeviled China’s development until the Hu Jintao administration begun in 2003, though stymied until 2005, to establish federal rules that supported the road to socialism and established relations between private and social capital, the essence of a socialist society as a transition to communal life.
Furthermore, one must understand China’s political structure as being quite different from capitalist governments. For thousands of years, relations between the Emperor and the regional political leaders gave political control to the regional leaders. This has bedeviled the industrialization process and influenced the development of democracy and the question of state power. China’s internal politics has been dominated by a regional structure acting quite independently of the center decision making, so long as they remained within the Chinese nation and complex. Unfortunately, corruption has been most dominant in the regions and among the regional Communist Party leaders, a subject which is coming to the fore. The socialist concept of national economic planning of industrial development required federal government as established with capitalism, which supplanted the monarchies of the age of feudalism. As an aside, Tibet was the only region where the Church controlled the land and political power hence creating a unique relationship between the Communist leaders of the federal government and the leaders of Tibet, a single entity different from other feudal states, which were dominated by landowners with the Church institutions supporting them.
Having said that, the first explanation offered is that of mental health problems, which no doubt exist even though it is not accepted by critics of the government, mostly centered in Hong Kong, from which there emanates almost regularly differences with the central government. What remains is a deeper investigation of the conditions of the perpetrators, a time demanding operation.
The second generalization is the effect of impoverishment on members of the population who have not been absorbed into the new economic activities that would lead them to normal social relations. No doubt this is possible, and no doubt exists because CHINA IS STILL IN A TRANSITIONAL STAGE. The present efforts of the government to speed up development of the West and Southwest, to create enterprises through bank loans to migrant workers to set up retail shops to stimulate consumption of products being developed for the internal market, efforts to induce spending as against the national habit of saving for old age, etc., in other words, the development in China, with 130-135 million people, is nowhere near developed sufficiently to care for even the simplest needs for all of its people. So, it is legitimate to expect that some people driven by impoverishment will go mentally berserk and destructive. This however is negative when one compares it to the sacrifice of the 9 young people who committed suicide this year and awakened the country to the need for change of working conditions and remuneration.
Although Mr. Bakken has given us some information of incident in Zhuhai against a kindergarten, in which 20 people were killed, there no doubt are many more instances that may be unearthed for public view in this period. I personally have confidence that the Hu Jintao administration is truly on a road to socialism and, to the best of the momentary ability, will respond to the problem and no doubt find the means to deal with it. The solution in the end is to bring up the economic level of the country under private and social investment and government programs to help the needy where there has been dragging of their feet until 2005 despite the Communist Party rule.
At this time, there is a definite change of tone taking place in news about China, which tends to pick up the problems but to present them negatively against the existing central government in China. This is to be found in many expressions that come out of Hong Kong, which includes this particular issue, but not the only one. This is being fueled by the United States with anti-China moves that include: no tax breaks, no sales of high tech, interfering in negotiations that China has with its neighbors over the 200 little islands in the China Sea and East Pacific, and only yesterday, the US has expanded Asian NATO to contain and confront China. Further examples of the negative trend are emanating from US competitiveness, which might also be reflected in the number of military bases existing on the border of China in Afghanistan and the four airports, which might explain why we’re so engaged in Afghanistan.
In China, the extent of combined epochal human, economic, and social relations, each with its own inherent contradictions, and a history of a successful Communist Party attaining centralized national leadership with an objective of socialism that presupposed industrialization and federalization of the country’s politics and economics, is probably the most arduous national accomplishment in a matter of half a century.
Furthermore, the Chinese Communist Party, under the aegis of the Soviet Union, had not even studied Marxism, which only began in 2003 after financial publications in London and New York warned that China was running into an economic crisis. This caused the Party to begin its study of Friedrich Engel’s dissertation on the inevitability of cyclical economic crises under capitalism. Within a year, the government reorganized its plan by stopping investment in highly profitable industries that were causing bubbles. However, it was not until 2005 that the first socialist laws were established, in three laws, dealing with private capital, the trade union movement, and the requirement that every industrial enterprise negotiate a contract with the union; but they are still in the process of establishing these relationships that have now been accelerated by the suicides at FoxConn and the victories of strikes which resulted in over 30% increase in wages and opening of examination of exploitation and speed-up in the factories. If this process continues, it will be the development of labor relations that will unify the country and ultimately federalize it.
I hope this draws a picture of an extremely loaded development with incongruous contradictions. From this, negative human changes are generated during this process of growth and establishing a livelihood and an individual direction for human beings whose very nature must change to encompass the complications of an industrialized lifestyle that can benefit all people. One must have confidence in the present Chinese central government that it will find a way to deal with an existing problem that they have already acknowledged. Furthermore, the federal government’s efforts will also advance its role in eliminating regional corruption and deviations. The November 2010 Communist Party Convention’s theme is eliminating the corruption in the Communist Party. It augers well.
Of course as usual, I’m not opposed to any disagreements.