“Today, the party’s propaganda machine is spinning stories about young people making a decent living by delivering meals, recycling garbage, setting up food stalls, and fishing and farming,” according to The New York Times. “It’s a form of official gaslighting.”
Xi’s mother denounced her son, and his sister was “persecuted to death,” according to the regime. Xi reportedly wore a cone-shaped hat and endured seven years of rural exile. He became depressed, and the normalization of brutality that apparently broke him is now being turned, in a paranoid fashion, against his perceived enemies.
Crackdowns on foreign and tech businesses within China, along with the utilization of trade as a weapon against countries such as Australia and Lithuania, are hurting China’s economy.
For example, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) precipitous ban on for-profit tutoring disappeared employment opportunities and disrupted demand signals from the job market to college students.
Concern is rife on social media—and spreading. In response, the regime encourages local governments to hire more grads in the hopes of blunting any potential street protests.
But those jobs must be paid with growth-restricting taxes. Governments have never excelled at predicting demand and supply or producing the innovation found in a thriving market economy. The regime is thus strangling the market goose that laid China’s golden egg.
Lacking opportunity, some of today’s youth in China have joined the “lying flat” movement, which avoids hard work and striving. The regime recently ennobled the movement by criticizing it in the party’s top paper.
If Xi pushed his plan to invade Taiwan, sanctions would worsen the economy. The crisis in which China finds itself today is precisely because it has allowed the CCP to lead down a path of aggression rather than friendship and peaceful trade. It would be in a much better position had it followed a peaceful path, with fewer adversaries and more soft power from its global development and trade successes.
Instead, China must contend with not only international opprobrium but also instability within its own borders.
A corrective revolution in China, where three people cannot gather in Tiananmen Square without the police breaking it up, would be difficult. But a nonviolent one that yielded a truly representative government and market economy to free the people and realize their democratic ambitions would certainly be welcome.
A democratic China would be not a threat but a boon to the world.