And I like to roam the land
- May 18, 2002
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For the average person on the mainland, though, life is better than it's been for a long time. There's a lot of prosperity, great products to buy, lots of things to see and do, etc. Quality of life is also better than it ever has been in the 20th Century in terms of things like health, public services etc. Couple that with highly controlled access to information, and 'the man on the street' doesn't see a problem at all. Also nationalism is highly encouraged and many people in China are very reactive to any criticism of the state or of anything 'Chinese' and will dismiss any negative information about China out of hand as being simply untrue.Have the ever considered that the way to encourage loyalty to the state might not be to abolish all alternatives but to be a decent state.
You can generate a lot of patriotism and support by, well, running your country well. China is fast-becoming a (literally) toxic and political dystopia.
I won't go into the politics of the matter, but when you jettison your culture for (first) ideology and (second) money, you'll eventually wake up and find that you live in a toilet.
At least that's the impression I get. Of course there are critics, but they have to keep their heads down because it's the kind of place where you can get in big trouble for being vocal.