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Is China Really Socialist?

PolyMatter2022-09-12
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China's economic evolution towards Capitalism post-Deng Xiaoping's reforms is examined, highlighting the shift from Maoist ideals. Xi Jinping's leadership raises questions about a Maoist revival. The fall of the Soviet Union impacted China's socialist identity, leading to economic growth and nostalgia for Maoist policies under Bo Xilai. Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign targets capitalist infiltration within the Party. The Communist Party's legitimacy is challenged by economic growth, requiring justification to maintain power. Despite being ruled by a Communist Party, China does not claim to be a Communist State. Viewers can access exclusive content by subscribing to CuriosityStream and Nebula for $15 a year.

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China's economic transformation towards Capitalism under Deng Xiaoping's policy shift in 1985.
04:42
The embrace of consumerism with the introduction of McDonald's, KFC, and luxurious shopping malls in China.
Despite the socialist facade, China's economic system mirrored Capitalism, especially in property investments and class divides.
Xi Jinping's leadership brought further changes, raising questions about a potential Maoist revival.
The video calls for a reevaluation of past interpretations of China's economic and political evolution.
Impact of Mao's Death and Deng's Leadership in China.
07:43
Deng's reforms focused on modernization, opening China to global markets, and prioritizing economic growth over revolutionary ideals.
Reformist faction emerged victorious, sidelining Maoist Leftists who continued to exist under Party control.
Global crises shifted the balance back towards the Leftists, allowing them to reemerge.
Fall of the Soviet Union highlighted ideological differences and commonalities between China and the USSR.
China's transition to socialism post-Soviet Union collapse and response to the Global Financial Crisis.
12:41
Investment in infrastructure post-GFC led to economic growth and confidence in China.
Bo Xilai's implementation of policies under 'Chinese Socialism 3.0' tapped into Maoist nostalgia.
Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign targeted millions of corrupt officials to combat capitalism's influence within the Communist Party.
Influence of Hu Jintao on Xi Jinping's consolidation of power and socialist revival.
16:38
The Communist Party's continued existence is maintained through 'performance legitimacy' and implicit agreements.
Economic growth presents challenges to the Party's legitimacy, as sustained growth cannot be guaranteed.
China lacks a strong source of national pride, weakening the Party's claim to power over time.
Despite being ruled by a Communist Party, China does not identify as a Communist State and must justify its monopoly on power.
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