Thursday, January 3, 2008
The Communist Party of China has published a list of "10 Taboos" that politicians should refrain from during provincial elections and bureaucratic reshufflings this January. A quick glance demonstrates how incompatible Chinese practice of democracy is with the American model:
- using various ways to win support during the reshuffle, including making phone calls, conducting visits, holding banquets and giving gifts;
- lobbying officials of higher rank to achieve promotion;
- handing out pamphlets or giving souvenirs without authorization;
- holding social activities in the name of reunions of classmates, townsmen or fellow soldiers to form cliques;
- offering bribes in cash, gifts and stocks to buy government jobs;
- taking bribes or attending banquets staged to drum up support during the reshuffle;
- covering up or shielding illicit activities during the reshuffle;
- spreading hearsay or using letters, leaflets, text messages or the Internet to vilify others;
- using intimidation or deception to hamper and infringe upon the democratic rights of delegates or committee members;
- arranging jobs for people or making a rush for somebody's promotion.
If you rule out lobbying, meet and greets, smear campaigns and petty corruption, how in the heck is someone supposed to get elected?