View Full Version : Cognitive dissonance imbedded in Chinese leadership

11-19-2012, 01:39 PM
So the Chinese just went through a leadership change, and Mr. Numero Uno just gave a speech wherein he said the following. Mao is no doubt rolling over in his grave like the spin cycle on a washing machine by now, as today's China is not remotely Mao's ideal of a Marxist state. Prevalent mushy bones in China these days. From the NYTimes:

Mr. Xi also took the occasion on Saturday to underscore the need to remain true to the party’s founding ideology, and warned that some officials appeared to be heading down a wayward path in this area, too.
“Faith in Marxism and a belief in socialism and communism is the political soul of a Communist and the spiritual pillar that allows a Communist to withstand any test,” Mr. Xi said. “To put it more vividly, ideals and convictions are the spiritual calcium of Communists, and if these ideals and convictions are missing or irresolute, then there is a lack of spiritual calcium that leads to soft bones.”

Andrew Craig-Bennett
11-19-2012, 03:25 PM
Before he reached the pinnacle of power, he used to wink when he had to come out with that sort of boilerplate.

Osborne Russell
11-19-2012, 05:30 PM
When they start saying things like "spiritual calcium" it's the beginning of the end.