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The Communist Party ‘Lifted Hundreds of Millions out of Poverty’ and Other Lies

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 14, 2014


Here is a great article which covers many of the lies that China panderers often spew. This is my favorite…

2. Crediting the government with “lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty” — From The New York Times to Time to the World Bank, this phrase has become so standard and ubiquitous that people tend not even to think about it.
The problem is this: Chinese people weren’t “lifted” out of poverty. They lifted themselves. The Chinese economy’s incredible growth since 1980 came about not because of some omniscient Communist Party planning, but because the party backed off from the crushing, destructive Maoist policies.
After the nightmare of famine and chaos in the 1960s and 1970s, it is undoubtedly a miracle that China grew as fast as it did — but the credit for that goes to the resilience and entrepreneurialism of the Chinese people, not to the party that held them back for decades.”

more here
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/china/140108/field-guide-hazardous-china-cliches

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