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Of course there is a new left, given the lengthy and rather intense transition to capitalism. It is inevitable that socialist (real socialist!) movements spring up and take the side of all the unemployed and empoverished people in this reform phase.|
What is going to be interesting to see is how this new left can influence politics. If China eventually strives for a European social democratic solution, I think there is great hope for China in the future. I am not a social democrat myself, rather more inclined to the liberal/libertarian camp, but I can nevertheless see such a model very fit for the future China.
However, currently the only model of influencing politics in China is to go with the system, becoming an affiliate to the party -- an interest group -- rather than a party aspiring for power (which would be illegal). Would events of reality, such as towering riots, strikes and strong popular opinions make the government act in accordance with the suggestions from these new intellectuals, or would the party steer the boat through thunderstorms no matter what and keep the course as set out a long time ago?
I realize this party is very pragmatic, but in the end -- at some time in the future -- there is but one question left if the party is looking for a German model, and that question involves the absolute power of this party. Right? Would the party, in the future, and given the circumstances, dismantle itself when it feels its historical mission has been accomplished? Would it sacrifice itself for the sake of China if it saw that this was the right thing to do?
This is a mind boggling question.