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Katy Jaimes from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela speaks at the Hands Off Venezuela Conference 2010, London, about the recent developments of the Venezuelan Revolution.
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Global Climate Convergence Call to Action from Global Climate Convergence on Vimeo.

The Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit is an education and direct action campaign beginning this spring with “10 days to change course” from from Earth Day to May Day 2014.

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globalclimateconvergence.org
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twitter.com/earthday2mayday

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Joel M. Peissig, producer/director
Moby, music
Patrick Griffin, editor

What would the US look like with Chinese-style communism?

Answer by Faye Wang:

Let’s first define what “Chinese-style communism” is by looking at current Chinese political and economical system.

First of all, China practice capitalism, just like the US. I have said it many times here on Quora, China is not a communist country, it never was, and most likely never will be. China currently have state capitalism plus oligarchy. It doesn’t rely on macroeconomic adjustments, instead it encourages free market and consumption. The basic economic system is the same between US and China.

What’s China lacking is democratically elected government, third party independent oversight to control corruption, as well as an independent legal system. The thing is, people often connect capitalism and democracy, while the two are not necessarily co-dependent. You can have authoritarianism while still practice capitalism.

So what would US be like if we have “China style communism” namely oligarchy capitalism with rampant corruption? I imagine we’ll be like China. We would probably have a good economic growth, at the expense of sacrificing the rights of minority. Our government would be a lot more efficient (because democracy is everything except efficient), we’ll be able to pass bills without much effort. policies will be implemented. But regulations might not be reinforced unless there’s a profit somewhere. Green energy might get less funding (unless Washington has sandstorms and some important senator want to push the bill through, then yeah, green energy will get much much more funding), smoking/alcohol regulation will be loosened, surprisingly, I think people will get better health care, but you’ll have to bribe the doctors and nurses.

The gap between rich and poor will become much bigger. What we have is already pretty ridiculous, but if we go with China’s system, we’ll have fewer extremely richer rich and mass majority of poorer poor. However, there might be a significant amount of poor urban middle class who can actually get by, some might have cars and go on vacation. Simply because the country is doing well overall, and the booming economy carries the middle class.

If US maintain its world police mentality, it will most likely expand its territory. I think the reason China doesn’t expand is because it is still relatively isolated in the international theater. expanding will not get it anything worthwhile. But US on the other hand, start with “we’re the best of the world, and we’re here to save you” mentality, it’ll most definitely invade Mexico, central America, make Canada its vessel state… Soon enough we’ll have entire America part of America.

Overall, not a bad picture for the US as a country and the few rich people.
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