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Table Of Contents

Helmsman, not Philosopher
From Plato to China
Leaders at Helm
Building an Open-yet-authoritarian State
A Platonic experiment in Latin America
China 1978: Could Authoritarianism co-exist with Capitalism?
A Platonic Dichotomy in Colonial Hong Kong 1950s-70s
Inclusive Administration and State Building
An Open-yet-authoritarian Definition of ‘Democracy’
Comparison between Plato’s ideal and China’s pragmatic version
Power and Institutionalization
Open Recruitment of the CCP and the Civil Service
The Communist Youth League of China
CCP membership
Education and the Party Schools System
Institutionalization
A rite of passage
The political functions
Examination, Rotational Posting, Promotion and the Lists
Examination
Rotational posting as dialectic
Party patronage
Bianzhi and Nomenklatura
Party Discipline
Succession and Retirement
Two selection paradigms
An analysis by applying the Struggle Model
An analysis by applying the Debate Model
The Models and Institutionalization of the System
China and Western Economics
From rapid growth to slowdown
Economics in crisis
China’s share of world commodity consumption 2010
The Tri-partition
China’s Autonomous Economic Administration (AEA)
The red capitalists and the business associations
China’s AEA: The State-owned Enterprises
Guardianship as a factor of production for China plc
From China plc to the new nomos of the Earth
Anthropocene and the Helmsman Ruler System
Adam Smith’s propriety, prudence and benevolence
Afeasible alternative
Bibliography
Index
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Helmsman Ruler

Helmsman Ruler

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Plato’s Ideal is working in China 2012. By comparing China’s “once-in-a-decade transition of power” practice with other non-democratic elitist succession systems: Plato’s rotational philosopher rulers, the liberal Germanophiles’ open-yet-authoritarian elite theory 1890s-1920s, the British cadet system and rotational governorship of colonial Hong Kong 1950s-70s, this book argues that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been institutionalizing an open-to-all rotational political succession system, which shares some essential common features with Plato’s prototype, in China experimentally since the 1980s. The smooth handover of authority from Hu Jin-tao to Xi jin-ping in 2012 is a milestone of the institutionalization of the system in the 21st century. Accordingly, this system with Chinese characteristics is named as the Helmsman Ruler System in this book. Through the System, the CCP has not only remolded the authoritarian state into an open-yet-authoritarian state, but also succeeded in managing China as a gigantic business conglomerate. With the System, China has coincidentally tri-partitioned its socialist economy, in a way similar to the “autonomous economic administration” proposed by Carl Schmitt (1888-1985, a controversial German theorist) for the Weimar Republic, to train its helmsmen and draw allegiance of the capitalists and business executives to the state in a Hegelian way.
Plato’s Ideal is working in China 2012. By comparing China’s “once-in-a-decade transition of power” practice with other non-democratic elitist succession systems: Plato’s rotational philosopher rulers, the liberal Germanophiles’ open-yet-authoritarian elite theory 1890s-1920s, the British cadet system and rotational governorship of colonial Hong Kong 1950s-70s, this book argues that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been institutionalizing an open-to-all rotational political succession system, which shares some essential common features with Plato’s prototype, in China experimentally since the 1980s. The smooth handover of authority from Hu Jin-tao to Xi jin-ping in 2012 is a milestone of the institutionalization of the system in the 21st century. Accordingly, this system with Chinese characteristics is named as the Helmsman Ruler System in this book. Through the System, the CCP has not only remolded the authoritarian state into an open-yet-authoritarian state, but also succeeded in managing China as a gigantic business conglomerate. With the System, China has coincidentally tri-partitioned its socialist economy, in a way similar to the “autonomous economic administration” proposed by Carl Schmitt (1888-1985, a controversial German theorist) for the Weimar Republic, to train its helmsmen and draw allegiance of the capitalists and business executives to the state in a Hegelian way.

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