From Communism to Democracy


Gradualism is naturally the most feasible approach to any 
situation. Since the fall of the iron curtain, these two Communist 
power houses have chose to move towards democracy. China has chosen 
to take the natural, more gradual approach to democracy where as 
Russia has chosen the fast-paced, more dangerous approach. These two 
nations have chosen to change their economies from a collectivized 
command one to a market oriented one in order to increase the standard 
of living in their countries. As we have seen in recent years, China 
is booming and becoming more and more successful, while Russia seems 
like it is regressing back to parochial ways. It is impossible to 
compare anything but Russia and China's approaches to change, and the 
results that incurred. The two nations have vastly different 
economies and to compare one economy to another would be illogical.
 China and Russia's approach to change are vastly different, 
almost like night and day. China's political and economic policy has 
always been to do things gradually. Whereas Russia believed in going 
through the necessary changes quickly, so that the hardship would in 
turn pass just as quickly. In the implementation of their policies, 
we have seen that China's approach has led to a 29% of growth in their 
industrial field. But in comparison, Russia only yielded 15% with 
their approach. But one must keep in mind that China has more 
industrial sectors than does Russia, so their job in improving 
industry is notably easier than Russia's feat in developing an 
 Politically, the two nations have the same policies that they 
held in their economies. China believes in gradually letting the 
people have more access to political freedom. And again, Russia's 
policy has been to flood them all at once with these new found 
freedoms. Unfortunately Russia's policy hasn't been the most 
naturally feasible approach again. Their people have been suddenly 
bombarded with all of these new found freedoms they have never 
experience before. They are like little children let loose in a candy 
store. There are all of these new things available to them, and most 
of the younger generation wants too try everything at once. All of 
these citizens experimenting with their new freedoms are creating 
political chaos. The Russian citizens don't have time to savor their 
new freedoms and are just trying to grab them from left and right. 
For they are probably afraid that if they don't take their freedoms 
quickly, they will leave as quickly as they came. On the other hand, 
China refuses to allow their citizens run the nation. Instead they 
are continuing to shun democracy. They refuse to have democratic 
elections, pro-democracy demonstrations, and still censor the press. 
They are still trying to maintain that wall that separates them from 
the rest of the world. From a democratic aspect, China's approach is 
appalling. China is refusing basic democratic rights that the Western 
nation citizens take for granted. China is under the misconception 
that they can give it's people little crumbs of freedom and keep them 
from wanting more. China's leaders think that they can keep 
controlling that many people for an undetermined amount of time, they 
don't realize that once the people know about a better life, nothing 
can stop them from pursuing that life also. So looking at Russia and 
China's political policies, it is safe to say that what is good for 
the economy may not necessarily be good for the people.
 When looking at evolution and physiology, one will also notice 
that changes naturally happen gradually. Over time, living organisms 
change and evolve, but the key ingredient is time. Sometimes changes 
take place over thousands of millions of years, as intended by nature. 
 But when examining a change in nature that occurred spontaneously or 
quickly, one will notice that the change was usually a fluke, or a 
by-product of the interferences by mankind. China has taken the 
natural path, and has gradually succeeded in the short time span that 
it has be on the market-oriented path. On the other hand, Russia, who 
chose to take a fast-paced approach is suffering and has not succeeded 
in changing.
 Personally, I believe that the Russian people will try to 
revert back to communism, but will be stopped, either by force or by 
will. They people will become so fed up with the hardship they endure 
and the constant longing for when life was better under the red guard, 
that they will tr to start a revolt to go back to communism. But 
their attempts to go back will be defeated by either force (like 
Tienamin Square) or by will. The Russian economy will continue to 
slowly improve for about 40 to 70 years until they have reached decent 
standard of living levels. And after the improvement on the economy, 
they will realize that democracy will help them, and that there will 
be an energetic burst to further pursue democracy. I believe that 
China will continue to improve their industry and will attempt to 
maintain an iron grip on their people, but will fail. The Chinese 
will revolt against the suppression of their democratic rights and 
will try another revolt to receive their rights. If the revolt is big 
enough, and not isolated to one certain sector, but is dispersed 
nation-wide, then they will succeed. But if it is only a small group, 
then they will fail.


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