Struggle To The Top
Excellent article. Well said. Thanks so much, Tikiri — so glad the post spoke to you and rang true.
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Happy 4th! Thanks so much for sharing, Laura. Hang in there, and keep going! I am doing the inner work and taking small steps. It is hard work keeping negativity at bay. I think we all wish to see a quantum leap, without realizing that it takes many small steps to cross the mountain. Thank you for these helpful reminders.
Thanks so much, Chas. Thank you for sharing. Incredible article as usual. Thanks for the wonderful article. Till we learn the lesson, the situation repeats itself.
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It is true that the princelings form an elite—partly political, partly entrepreneurial—while the Hu Jintao leadership in the past and Li Keqiang today have promoted policies aimed at reducing rural poverty and developing a social welfare system. But these policies reflected a consensus in the leadership rather than a partisan position. Li is right, however, along with other analysts like David Shambaugh, 5 to point out that Xi is challenging the fragile norms of the system by arrogating so much power to himself.
Li believes he is also undermining Li Yuanchao, although the claim is controversial since Li still serves in the ceremonial post of vice-president. At the 19th Party Congress in the fall of , many expect Xi to give his anti-corruption czar, Wang Qishan, a second term on the Standing Committee, which would break the rule that PBSC members 68 or older should not be reelected. Many experts also expect that Xi will not appoint an heir apparent, which would lay the groundwork for him to serve a third or even more terms as general secretary, in violation of both the age rule and the two-term norm.
Li does not explore why Xi is doing this. It became not only possible and attractive, but indeed almost necessary, for ambitious local officials to collude with one another and with their relatives and friends to increase the productivity of dormant state assets.
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All this brought to light the selectivity of the anticorruption campaign. But these cases were extreme. To understand the more typical cases that permeate the bureaucracy from top to bottom, Pei compiled reports of officials and others who were caught and whose crimes were detailed in official media, presumably to warn the rest of the bureaucracy and assure the public that corruption was being attacked. Pei uses the economistic language of buyer, seller, market, value, and risk to uncover the structures of corrupt deals and assess the prices of different types of assets at different administrative levels.
Cheng Li holds out hope that Xi Jinping might slightly reverse the hyperconcentration of power by allowing the Central Committee at the 19th Congress to elect Politburo members from a limited slate of candidates, a new procedure since the slate has always been selected by the outgoing Politburo.
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Pei may exaggerate the degree to which corruption threatens the survival of the regime. For one thing, China is not bedeviled like Tunisia and Egypt by the kind of petty corruption that set off the Arab Spring.
The collusive corruption Pei describes enrages ordinary citizens only when it comes to light accidentally as in the scandal that broke when Internet users noticed in online photos the many expensive watches worn by a provincial official 11 , or when the regime chooses to reveal corruption in the controlled press to serve its propaganda purposes. It is important to realize that corruption hurts people whose land is seized; and it hurts miners who work in unsafe mines as well as victims of pollution and consumers who buy unsafe products.
But corruption also helps entrepreneurs protect insecure property rights, cut through bureaucratic red tape, and generate growth, 12 which in turn may improve support for the regime, or at least toleration among the growing middle class.
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To be sure, conventional wisdom holds that only liberal institutions like an independent judiciary and a free press can control corruption, as Martin Wolf suggested in a December 13 article in the Financial Times. Moreover, the Chinese economy would not be as strong as it is if crony capitalism were the only kind of entrepreneurial activity. Not coincidentally, these companies belong to the digital economy, whose explosive growth was no more anticipated in China than it was elsewhere. They grew with foreign capital and innovative technology, not as a result of either government policy or powerful connections.
If they have offended the authorities, this has not been reported. But little progress has been made in economic liberalization. The reason for this is the diffuse character of authority in the Chinese bureaucracy, which enables institutions targeted for reform to resist and delay. The most beautiful people we know are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.
These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Strength comes from struggle. She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an urgent, desperate struggle to justify her life.
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Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled.