American ideological wars have confused non-Western countries, like China and Russia. America (and Europe) look weak and vulnerable in their perspective. This may explain Putin’s “historical blunder” by invading Ukraine. As Aristotle already stated: “A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies”.
I am confused by the apparent transformation of successful Chinese pragmatism (eg, BRILL, CGTN, JSTOR) back to ideology. Clearly, their 20th century ideologies, as promoted by Mao and others, were failing.
My confusion about China is based on:
- Maintaining a zero-Covid policy while (officially) having reported single-digit fatalities;
- Demolishing the Chinese Big Tech sector;
- Abolishing private tutoring (eg, English);
- Promoting Common Prosperity (a.k.a. common poverty);
- Supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine despite Chinese dependence on Western trade.
In my 2018 blogs, I have predicted the (future) irrelevance of Politics and Religion as Belief systems (see my 2015 original concept). At the same time, two new Belief systems would emerge: Data-Info and Technology (see my 2019 update). In my 2018 view, China showed us our future.
I suppose that China came to a similar conclusion. Hence, China decided to limit the power of its Big Tech sector, and to increase political power. That decision required a shift from pragmatism to ideology.
Remarkably, the Chinese view on Western ideological wars does not prevent them from making this shift. In my view, Western ideological wars will (eventually) result in a return to pragmatism (eg, Ukraine).
The (apparent) Chinese choice for ideology, following its updated priorities, has serious consequences: “Foreign cash flees China as investors shun autocracies” (eg, Nikkei, 10 April 2022, Bloomberg, 28 March 2022). Moreover, more people seem to be starving from hunger than dying from Covid (eg, CNN).
See my updated diagram at the left.
“Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.”
― Karl Popper
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.