China Youth People’s Magazine [中国青年报], the party’s media outlet for Chinese youth, published on its wechat video channel a five minute long video which summarizes the mass event. The video has been each viewed, liked and shared by more than 100k users and has been during the last week the top content on the Chinese social media platform wechat.
The future – and our all survival - belongs to trans-national and trans-organizational movements like One Army, which empower people from all walks of life without any bias of race, gender, nation, religion or ethnicity. What counts is contribution to challenges our species faces by thinking globally and acting locally.
As somebody who grew up in the country where Adolf Hitler was born, I am particularly entitled to make such analogies. On the contrast to most contemporaries I still remember accounts from my own grandmother about how nationalism unfolded in Germany and Austria and how it transformed into vicious fascism. Comparative historian Barrington Moore showed in his seminal work Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy social development and culture formation are subject to systemic laws. Laws which the average citizen does not see, but nevertheless laws which guide the evolution of societies.
Only societies with a strong and independent bourgeoisie turn out to be democratic. All others go down the route towards dictatorship, no matter whether it is called fascism or communism. The size of a country or its cultural hemisphere are insignificant variables in this equation. China’s bourgeoisie has either sided with the government or left the country in a diaspora throughout the last decade which can only be compared with what took place in the years preceding Hitler’s ascent to power in Germany.
Neither democratic capitalism which has evolved out of European 19th century nation state entities, nor Chinese state capitalism will save this planet and the next generation. The adaptive governance the CCP has installed might react faster upon systemic challenges, it is however still subject to the laws of nature. State capitalism as practiced in by the CCP devours natural resources in unprecedented scale and rejuvenates the words of economist and Nobel laureate Fritz Schumacher:
“The illusion of unlimited powers, nourished by astonishing scientific and technological achievements, has produced the concurrent illusion of having solved the problem of production. The latter illusion is based on the failure to distinguish between income and capital where this distinction matters most. Every economist and businessman is familiar with the distinction, and applies it conscientiously and with considerable subtlety to all economic affairs – except where it really matters: namely, the irreplaceable capital which man has not made, but simply found, and without which he can do nothing.”
Schumacher has shown that all of traditional economics is wrong and that small is beautiful. 21st century China is the largest capitalist economy humanity as ever seen and thus the ugliest human organization one can imagine. If it proceeds to evolve in the manner it has done so far, we must expect similar consequences to what we have seen emanating from Nazi Germany. Events like the July 1 youth parade are confirmation of that trajectory.
- Oriental TV youtube video on 100 year commemoration (Chinese)
- Soho article on Beijing 2021 Youth Rally (Chinese)
- 请党放松，强国有我 京都青少年在行动
- Youth Rally 1935 Nuernberg
- German youth parade 1937
- Barrington Moore: Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
- 移民Leaving China
- E.F. Schumacher: Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People mattered.