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September 15, 2011


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Despite its horrors, I'd say that Communism has been better for China than capitalism. Look at capitalist reforms that happened despite the Dowager-who-must-not-be-named. Same deal with Russia, really. It isn't that Communism was "good", it had many horrible elements but it is better than the other alternatives on the table. I do agree that Deng was an awful human being. But that is shooting fish in a barrel.

Also, given Confucian treatment of sage-kings, I'd argue that a legitimate ruler is above criticism from a Confucian standpoint. Mencian criticism is an artifact of his historical condition not a reflection of Confucian values. Deng was no true emperor but, again, that is a different discussion.

A legitimate ruler, in fact, is not above criticism. Please read 孝经 and 孟子.


Capitalism has been far better for China than communism. The reforms in China cannot be compared with Russia.

As a matter of fact, even the Son of Heaven of Zhou was not above criticism.

See 左传隐公三年:


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