Rural elections

A recent thread generated a lot of comments about whether or not the Chinese people are ready to vote, another hot-button topic that always arouses emotions. Some pointed to the rural elections instituted around 1989 as a positive sign, while others said the rural Chinese are not ready to vote. There’s a short but sweet must-read post about this very subject that hits several of the nails squarely on the head. Just go there.


Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 60 Comments


More often than not I can make no addtion to your comment. You just see evertyhing. Do you think you are a fair representative of Western media folks stationed in Beijing?

Posted by bellevue at February 1, 2005 10:49 PM ”


February 1, 2005 @ 11:08 pm | Comment

Dear Posted By At,

Please adopt a pseudonym. “Anonymous Poster” just doesn’t swing…

February 2, 2005 @ 12:18 am | Comment

One Party dictatorship. Doesn’t sound? This is what every communist regime was and is. The whole power in the hands of a Party-State. No opposition, repression of the dissent, no basical freedoms, human rights violations and so on… It should’t be a new concept…
Of course even in a Party-State every person is different fron another but it doesn’t matter until the Party-State official line is only one.

The definition of dictatorship is not “one single person holding absolute power” because in that case we would have seen very few dictatorships along the history. Try again.

February 2, 2005 @ 1:54 pm | Comment

Off topic, but for the love of god would you please use a name? It doesn’t have to be your real name, anything will do.

February 2, 2005 @ 3:33 pm | Comment

Off topic, no problem to use a name but… if almost every name is no a real name, why to use a name?

In any case I thank Richard for the space but I don’t think I’ll be a regular contributor.

February 2, 2005 @ 3:37 pm | Comment

perhaps it’s just someone already here with a name, but s/he wants to say something different, so s/he doesn’t want to use another name

February 2, 2005 @ 7:31 pm | Comment

Or perhaps it’s only someone thinking that the contents are important even without an alias or much more important than an alias. In any case I don’t think this is a problem.

Thank you Richard again.

February 3, 2005 @ 12:25 pm | Comment

I appreciate your posts, and it’s certainly up to you to use a name or not. However, it would help us all to know it’s you, so please consider using a name.

February 3, 2005 @ 1:07 pm | Comment


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April 15, 2005 @ 5:44 am | Comment

American democracy is a joke. Its citizens are too lazy to take an active part in the democratic process. They expect their ‘patron’ to take care of them. Lobbyism, electoral votes, what a joke.

I am surprised by the yanks utter ignorance of the 50 years of progress India has made since 1947. Democracy means checks and balances, accoutability, which is why things take time. That’s the whole point.

Do we have any accountability and transparency into how CCP runs the state of affairs? Let’s not forget Enron.

July 24, 2006 @ 3:27 am | Comment

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