Saturday, May 30, 2015

China disguises it cultural and party control as "security"

China is disguising its desire for centralized ideological control over citizens, local governments and companies with its national security law, according to a front page article Saturday in the New York Times by Edward Wong, link here

The law will deliberately elevate the part and stifle dissent, and the article says “Mao would approve.” There is lot of attention to foreign NGO’s an allowing access to foreign encryption, and blocking some foreign media.  There doesn’t seem to be any 60s-style cultural revolution drafting everyone to serve time as a peasant, though.

Still, the rules seem to be based on the idea that stability requires discipline down to the individual level, and fitting into a hierarchy. 
Just as with Russia, one wonders if a controversial blogger can safely travel in China.

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