WHEN THE IRRESISTABLE FORCE OF INCREASING COMPLEXITY MEETS THE IMMOVABLE OBJECT OF POLITICAL INCOMPETENCE
Via Simon World
, we learn that the Chinese Communist Party has admitted that its rural leadership cadres are now systemically provoking the peasantry
rather than ameliorating their problems.
" ' In a rare press conference by a top party official, the vice-director of the Central Organisation Department, Li Jingtian , said the "mass incidents" in China had arisen because local authorities had been incapable of dealing with widespread grievances among rural residents
.'There has clearly been a directive from someone at the top to start dealing with these local protests lest they topple the CCP from power. Fancy a senior official admitting that local cadres are incompetent. Luckily, the CCP have an answer...re-education
A Soviet model, political bureaucracy designed to wield political power over a relatively primitive, heavy industry-collectivized agricultural, command economy in the advent of increasing market exchange increasingly resembles a Brontosaurus, staggering around on dry land, looking for a place to die. Perhaps trampling many small mammals along the way.
Rural cadres, who number in the millions, historically have been picked for their orthodoxy and intuitive talent for discerning the emerging Party line. Not terribly well educated, they have enough connections to avoid the personal consequences of bad decisions for years and years to say nothing of corruption or favortism in local village rivalries.
As the old, Marxist, " New Class", they constitute a significant obstacle to China's further progress.