The Chinese political system is different from any other known to man, now or in history. We need a concept to help us understand that system and to distinguish it from all others. For that purpose, I’ve coined a new concept in political science and China analysis.

The new Chinese dictatorship is sophisticated and effective, hard in fact but mild in appearance. It does not tell everyone everything they must do. But it does control that they do not do what they must not, and it does so in great detail, from not having children that should not be had via not reading or seeing or hearing what should not be read or seen or heard, to not practicing faiths that should not be practiced – and above all to not organising.

That kind of dictatorship needs a name. It is not an autocracy; that is too benevolent. It is not a dictatorship like others; that is too primitive. I give it the name of controlocracy.


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