[Noah Rothman] Socialist Bernie Sanders singing China’s praises, but in fact ends up praising capitalism

[Noah Rothman] Socialist Bernie Sanders singing China’s praises, but in fact ends up praising capitalism

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[Commentary Magazine] Amid a brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, the internment of millions of Muslims in reeducation camps, increasingly bold efforts to silence journalists and dissidents, and threats to the primacy of Chinese President-for-life Xi Jinping, it’s hard to find anyone willing to sing Beijing’s praises these days. Enter Bernie Sanders.

VIDEO: [China Uncensored] Bernie Sanders gets duped by the CCP and his embarrassing flip-flop on China’s government. [Sep. 2, 2019]


“China is a country that is moving, unfortunately, in a more authoritarian way in a number of directions,” the Vermont senator recently told The Hill’s Krystal Ball. You can sense the “but” coming.

“But,” the tension releases, “what we have to say about China—in fairness to China and it’s leadership—is, if I’m not mistaken, they have made more progress in addressing extreme poverty than any country in the history of civilization, so they’ve done a lot of things for their people.”

Sanders is not wrong; extreme poverty in China entered a period of precipitous decline in the final decades of the 20th century, and that is due, in part, to far-sighted Chinese leadership. But this was not a result of Beijing’s dauntless dedication to the tired socialist dogmas to which Sanders adheres. China’s prosperity revolution was a byproduct of the country’s decision to sacrifice Marxist economic policy prescriptions in favor of a qualified embrace of the marketplace.

Beginning in 1978, Deng Xiaoping began the process of implementing a series of market-oriented reforms designed to open the Chinese economy up to foreign investment and introduce competition into the moribund Maoist state. Deng called it “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” but his reforms consisted primarily of abandoning socialism. China scrapped its commitment to the centrally planned allocation of resources to priorities dictated by the state without regard to market signals. It broke down collective farms, procured foreign trade deals, and partially privatized China’s state-run industrial sector. Import barriers were steadily dismantled, and individuals were allowed to conduct private commerce in pursuit of profit.

This article continues at [Commentary Magazine] Bernie’s Accidental Conversion to Capitalism

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