Why hasn't leftist idiocy affected countries like China and Russia?
Robin Daverman, World traveler
China and Russia are entirely different. Russia is to the right of mainstream Europe, because she’s been humiliated and impoverished since the 90’s, so there’s full-blown Russian Nationalism. People hang on to Russian nationalism because, hey, it’s not like anybody else extended much of a helping hand after the USSR collapsed, is there? More like “a good bear is a dead bear”, isn’t it? So you get full-blown nationalism as a response - from the revival of Eastern Orthodox religion to homophobia, it’s all about Russia for Russians. Thus the Left is identified with the decline of Russia, and nobody wants that.
China is on a different wavelength vis-a-vis the left of mainstream Europe, actually. China views the European La Gauche (politique) as being terribly misguided, because all the social issues that La Gauche are fighting for are essentially the same type of stuff as a woman demanding the right for a man to hold the door open for her. Sure, you may get it if the man is polite or compassionate, but it’s a gift. A gift that can be taken away when the circumstances change. The real La Gauche, in China’s view, should be the ones who are teaching all people how to open the doors themselves. Basically, the government’s job is to enable all people to be educated, capable, and productive so that they can make their own living and stand on their own two feet. They won’t need your gift. You will want to be polite to them, because you need them.
So do you think you can make a living by smoking pot or sleeping with your same-sex partner? No? Well then those things don’t interest the Chinese government right now. The Chinese government is into free education so people can get higher-paying jobs, building infrastructure so that even people in remote provinces have a chance to make something to sell to the whole wide world. There are tens of thousands of “anti-poverty teams” going to the poorest places, places with literally nothing but rocks, sometimes stay there for 3 years, try out everything - can you grow mushrooms? Fruit trees? raise goats and sheep? try eco-tourism? Move to some other place with better infrastructure, education, and higher-paying jobs? … until they help the local people figure out a way to make money! What, do you think hundreds of millions of Chinese people just wake up one day and suddenly get higher-paying jobs? Really? Why didn’t that happen to you? Why do these good things don’t happen to people in other countries on such a scale? You think?
So essentially China considers La Gauche to be sort of misguided. They fight for people to be treated as the Spring Pigs - well fed for no reason, until Christmas and then it’s time for bacon. Five hundred flavors of “let’s have cake now” without teaching people that they need to bake the cake first. Debt for consumption is the same as eating your children’s cake. Rights before Obligation is the same as eating your parents’ and grandparents’ cake. What next?
If you are talking specifically about refugees and immigration, China would say, “look, you want to change the world? Then first you have to be factual and realistic, right? We have been absorbing and mixing with all different people for thousands of years, and we have a lot of experience with it.
In our experience, it takes a minimum of three generations to integrate a people who WILL inter-marry with us. The first generation can be quite dissatisfied, because they want to have the best of both worlds, like they want the peace and prosperity of their new country, and their privileged social position and the right to look down on others (women or other lower class people) in their original homeland. The second generation tend to have the strongest feeling of “alienation”, because they recognize that they are the “permanent minority” in their lifetime, and they may ascribe every misfortune to “oppression”, so they may become quite hostile to society. Almost all of your terrorists who went around blowing up European cities are second-generation immigrants who felt the Alienation. The third generation, hopefully, will be indistinguishable from others (through intermarrying, education, and employment) and are now just like everybody else. This is with people who will inter-marry. For those who won’t inter-marry, you are talking about many centuries to integrate, at least, OK? Don’t you have the same experience in the Balkans?
It’ll be just fine if all it takes is time. But nation’s fortunes come and go. What if your country falls on hard times? Then you have rebelling, separatist movement, treachery, or people just leave, when you really need everyone to pull together and help each other. China had hundreds of those kind of stuff happening in her long history. Not that one shouldn’t help others in need, but that one should have a solid plan of execution, formulate a policy that is good for both the immigrants and the locals, something that you have tested and you know it works. One must be quite selective, and should set aside at least three generations of time to deal with this. If you can’t do that, it’s better to help the unfortunate people with TEMPORARY SHELTER and allow the people to go back to their own homes once the war is over. And the fact is, we are an atheist country. We don’t know how to integrate extremely religious people who won’t inter-marry with us and ‘melt’ into us. And we emphasize fulfilling one’s rights before demanding one’s obligations. So we are not a good fit.
You see, it may actually be much easier to stop the war that caused the mass migration, than hoping to integrate people who won’t inter-marry with you like forever. War costs money and resources. Eventually people run out of those and the war will stop. So you only need a temporary solution to a temporary problem. Also, this is why China is a strong advocate for “non-interference policy”, because even a ram shack country is taking charge of its own people in a way that you don’t want to!
The True Left shouldn’t be starting wars all over the globe in the name of Human Rights with the US. They should be telling the US, Bro, it’s not worth it. Not for you, not for me, and not for the vast majority of the people in that country.