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Tibet – a place of radical nationalism, seeking independence from China in a cloak of religion
Formalistic approach to “helping women” – a woman propagandist visits another woman in the fields and tells her to study more political writings.
China remains Stalinist – portraits of Lenin and Stalin in a village
Corruption in elections – “vote for me, and I’ll give you 100 yuan”
Embezzling public money
Officials as profiteers – corruption
Power+money+intellect – bandit society
Theft of state property
corruption is everywhere
a woman is treated as a man’s possession, her duty is to look after man
a shift of 12 hours at an electronics factory, salary of a worker – 26 U.S. dollars/week, with ovetime!
Treating waste eats into profits. Similarly for airplane safety, work safety (mines), etc. Can capitalism pass to China today?
Problem with water – 1) dirty, 2) not enough in the North
“Rich people’s dogs do better than the peasants”
1959 – Tibet revolted from China, defeated.
West uses Tibet to split China
Protest against government paternalism in religious form: “independent worship”
Issues: farmers and miners, corruption, environment
Embezzlement of central government funds
Most of the poor in the countryside, growing “underclass”
“Re-education through labor” is aimed at protesters, first of all
Villagers see themselves as defending the law, and the corrupt government as breaking the law