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October 18, 2021

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rsm

Doesn't the CCP see homes as convenient lockdown sites where they can surveil you to make sure you are appropriately punished if you dare criticize your government as commenters here regularly do?

ltr

Blissex:

http://www.news.cn/english/2021-10/23/c_1310264479.htm

October 23, 2021

China to pilot property tax reforms

[ Also, China will now be increasing provincial government bond sales which means more infrastructure spending from November on. With an emphasis on green infrastructure. ]

ltr

Doesn't the --- see homes as convenient lockdown sites where they can surveil you to make sure you are appropriately punished if you dare criticize your government as commenters here regularly do?

[ A false, unbearably mean-spirited comment.
What is the point of so despising a billion people? Unbearably prejudiced.

Try understanding what ending poverty for hundreds of millions of people has meant. How many wonderful homes have been build all through the country for millions of people who had struggled for so long? ]

ltr

Doesn't the --- see homes as convenient lockdown sites...

[ Try to understand how the lives of a billion people in China have been so dramatically transformed, dramatically improved these last 40 years. We can only be the better for such learning, as lives through China are wonderfully better. Try. to learn. ]

rsm

Why doesn't the CCP encourage speculation in fictitious financial derivatives, thus naturally leaving land to commons again?

If our blogger mentions the Tiananmen Square Incident, does that mean the CCP will ban mainlanders from seeing it?

How is censoring people improving their welfare?

If you (or I) criticized the government in China like you criticize your government here, would you (or I) be thrown in jail? Would that improve our welfare?

Why is the CCP obsessed with controlling individuals? Why do they fear people talking naturally among themselves? Why does the CCP ban sissy boys, Winnie the Pooh, etc.? What would be so terrible about individual Chinese citizens expressing themselves without fear of state retribution?

ltr

RSM,

Racism is a severe illness. Please do seek professional assistance.

rsm

Ltr, is racism a distraction from the content of my post?

If you were in Beijing at the time of the Tiananmen Square incident, as I was (studying Chinese), might you dislike the CCP without being prejudiced against individual Chinese?

Does simply mentioning my experience of Tiananmen Square in 1989 make this post invisible to mainland Chinese?

Does the following passage (attributed to Martin Hagglund) quoted by our blogger in the most recent blog entry apply to China under the CCP?

《To lead a free life we must be able to recognise ourselves in what we do, to see our practical activities as expressions of our own commitments. This requires that we are able to engage not only in choices but also in fundamental decisions ...》

Do individual Chinese get to participate in fundamental decisions about who leads them?

Why shouldn't they?

Is "because you're racist" a non-sequitor response?

Blissex

«as Chris Dillow and Simon Wren-Lewis have discussed we need to take the media very seriously»

Their electoral influence is quite modest because their marketing strategy is to target audiences that are already voting a certain way, not to target audiences that vote another way and convert them.

Blissex

«as Chris Dillow and Simon Wren-Lewis have discussed we need to take the media very seriously»

I suspect that they take them seriously because I think that their (performatively expressed I guess) line is that people vote according to their ideas and values, e.g. their cognitive biases (Dillow) and their identity (Wren-Lewis).
It is the usual about leaver/remainer identity, etc. etc. etc.

Instead most voters respond to opinion polls that way, but vote in general elections (but not european elections or local elections) mostly on their interests.

ltr

Blissex,

The problem you present is explaining how political opinion, Conservative or Labour, in Britain is shaped. How was Jeremy Corbyn who was true to traditional Labour leanings ruined? How has Boris Johnson avoided meaningful criticism over policy from dealing with the epidemic to the faltering recovery?

I have no argument with your analysis, only a lack of understanding of the "whys" of recent or current political leanings.

ltr

Looking again expressly to Chris Dillow's terrific essay, the question is what could be done to generate productivity in a largely service economy Britain. The answer for me would be to increasingly open Britain again. Brexit is precisely where you do not want to go to foster productivity growth. Another part of the answer is infrastructure development in Britain, with a digital emphasis on all projects.

I see no inherent reason for productivity growth to essentially stop in a highly service oriented economy, but such an economy that is in effect isolating itself from the rest of Europe and that is lacking in infrastructure is an economy where productivity growth will likely be minimal.

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