posted on 18 March 2015
Written by Frank Li
One of the biggest differences between China and America is the size and role of government. China has a big central government, while America is supposed to have a limited government. Which one is better? More importantly, how should each evolve towards an Ideal Form of Government?
1. America: a brief overview
I have already published several articles about America. Three informative readings:
Bottom line: America is the exception, not the rule! America was built on a piece of commandeered land, on which some Europeans found a second chance to start over with a clean slate. It was a luxury no other contemporary groups had, except for the Europeans who migrated to South America at about the same time a few hundred years ago.
Overall, America did extremely well from its start in 1776 to the end of WWII. For that part of our history, we, Americans, have every reason to be more proud than the rest of the world.
The end of WWII brought under unprecedented prosperity to America. Unfortunately, at the same time, America actually started moving in a wrong direction, and has since morphed itself into a dream-world utopian society, in which even work is optional for many (The Answer Is Work; The Question Is Why) and foreign war is perpetual (America: A Culture of War).
2. China: a brief overview
I have already published several articles about China. Three informative readings:
Bottom line: Overall, China's system (i.e. capitalism + autocracy), while far from being ideal, is definitely the best system for China! Domestically, China fundamentally changed itself in 1978 and has been constantly improving since then with increasingly more prosperity. Internationally, China knows how to advance itself via trade.
3. The role of government
In my 1/6/2012 post (Towards An Ideal Form of Government), I defined an ideal government by two key criteria: (1) individual freedom and (2) government responsibility and accountability, as shown below:
Additionally, in that post, I stated:
In today's global economy, international trade is a norm and mega-infrastructure projects are not limited to a country's boundaries. Therefore, an ideal government should help and even lead its domestic companies in their international endeavors, of which many require governmental initiatives and approvals.
To me, an ideal government has three key roles:
4. More on America
Americans must understand these two basic points:
4.1 America, domestically
The folks on the left keep pushing America towards more and more socialism. For more, read: Democratic Socialism.
What about the folks on the right? Some extremists want self-governing, meaning no government at all. This is pure nonsense, as a country must have a government.
Many folks on the right are constitutionalists. They are nostalgic about the past; they do not like the present; and they have no idea about the future. So they simply want to go back to the past by waving the U.S. Constitution, despite the fact that the world has dramatically changed from the past (e.g. China's rise and America's fall). Worse yet, they do not seem to realize that they are opposing the teachings of one of their heroes, Thomas Jefferson, as shown below:
In short, while the U.S. Constitution remains basically sound, it was right for America to have amended it over the past 200 plus years. Unfortunately,
4.2 America, internationally
America has been trying to make the exception into the rule all over the world in the name of spreading democracy, even by force at times (e.g. Iraq)! For more, read: Democratic Imperialism.
5. More on China
China has arrived at its current status for good reasons. Here are three informative readings:
China has many problems, with environment pollution and government corruption being among the top. I believe China will overcome their problems over time, because all of them are relatively minor as compared with what China went through over the past two centuries.
Once again, to me, an ideal government has three key roles:
Overall, China is doing better than America in all these three aspects! Specifically,
Domestic issues aside, here is a stark contrast between America and China internationally:
America and China are very different! China will never become America, and America will never become China! But we can learn a lot from each other, with an open mind, peacefully.
It's the government, stupid!
Overall, while far from being ideal (Towards an Ideal Form of Government), China's government is slightly better than America's. In a two-hiker race, all that a hiker needs to do, when chased by a hungry grizzly, is to run a bit faster than the other hiker!
I believe I have the most accurate diagnosis for America (Diagnosis II for America: Cancer!), as well as the best solution (Solution II for America: Term Limits and More!). For more, read my book: "The GOP Bible for 2016"!
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