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The PartyA similar department in the US would oversee the appointment of the entire US cabinet state governors and their deputies the mayors of major cities the heads of all federal agencies the CEO of GE ExxonMobil Wal Mart and about fifty of the remaining largest US companies the justices on the Supreme Court the editors of the New York Times the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post the bosses of the TV networks and cable stations the residents of Yale and Harvard and other big universities and the heads of think tanks like the Brookings Institute and the Heritage Foundation Not only that the vetting rocess would take lace behind closed doors and the appointments announced without an accompanying explanation why they had been madeMcGregor admits such analogies with the US are over simplifications and in fairness to him uses them sparingly However the book could have done with of them For non Chinese understanding the dynamics of Chinese Trilogie der Verlorenen. Stücke. politics and economics is an immense challenge anderhaps unfortunately such analogies to familiar laces are a helpful aid If you re looking for a beginner s guide to the CCP this book isn t for you If you have an understanding of the fragmented authoritarianism in China and the contradictions of communists ruling over a capitalist economy then you ll get by Rather than rovide a digestible overview of the world s largest and most secretive Los cuerpos del verano political organization McGregor takes you into the weeds to learn with great detail how the CCP literally runs China McGregor s immense knowledge enables him toiece together names and events that add colour to the endless numbers of state agencies and J. K. Rowling: The Wizard Behind Harry Potter party cadres of modern ChinaThe Party is a good book and worth a read if you re committed The final chapter is a highlight explaining how the CCP controls the narrative of Chinese history with obviousarallels between Tombstone and the Gulag Archipelago albeit with a Chinese twist An up to date and fascinating insight into the Paper Hearts party s inner workings McGregor explains the byzantine nature of the Party s bureaucracy to minute details and unmasks the far reaching grasps of the Party s tentacles What I find hard to believe is how the Party s organizational department controls nearly the entire Chinese elite including those in therivate sector and leadership If this book had been written just a little better I d give it 5 stars The information Mercury Retrograde presented is nothing but enthralling to a China outsider The organization of the sections deftly enhances the content In about 200ages McGregor successfully manages to give you a comprehensive intuition for how The Party operates even if you have no Das Glück der Azteken prior knowledge of China That s a towering achievementThe language on the other hand leaves much to be desired it s your typical found on your doormat every morning dry journalisticrose a style which seems to reuire 1 repeating things often 2 roviding a mini summary before launching into the details of an anecdote and then 3 immediately following up with the obligatory but completely unnecessary summary once again of the same anecdote even while it s still undoubtedly fresh in your mind unless you happen to have the memory capacity of a jellyfishThe book starts off slow but hits its stride in the third chapter and roars onwards from there on leaving you sleepless and eager to see the complete icture of the innards of the thing most aptly described as the organism that controls one uarter of the world s Apoplexia, Toxic Shock, and Toilet Bowl Some Notes On Why I Write population The anecdotes handpicked by McGregor range from internationally notorious scandals such as the Sanlu Milk tragedy to war stories of lesser known crusades against the Party by suppressed journalists from within With each anecdote McGregor reveals a side of The Party these include organizationropaganda army economy federal rovincial relations anti graft campaigns and other smaller ones and how it exercises control over said side Take the Sanlu Milk scandal The infant oisoning incidents first came to the notice of the Sanlu board of the company right before the start of the Olympics a momentous occasion for the nation and The Party At the time local state officials as well as the leaders of state owned enterprises including Sanlu had been instructed very clearly by the Propaganda department in Beijing to specifically avoid any What the Wood Whispers To Itself press mentions of food related issues And therein arises the cruel catch 22 for local officials and the executives of Sanlu On orders from Propaganda in Beijing they were left with no choice but to cover up the incidents and silence throughay offs the Beyond Citizenship: American Identity After Globalization parents of the affected infants When the scandal was eventually uncoveredost Olympics by Beijing it reprimanded the local officials heavily and Allerhand Fragliches put many of the executives behind bars for life demonstrating to the international community that it took its food safety measures seriouslyPerhaps the biggest realization for me fret not this isn t a spoiler was that a communist government does not necessarily do better at long termlanning than its democratic counterpart I d always thought the converse was true Singapore for instance can clearly take certain hard line actions only because its ruling Yolanda's Genius party never has to worry about getting re elected However in China this is certainly not the case The Party is a massive beast that s in constant threat of exploding from the inside due to the insatiable hunger and greed of its own officials Here s an astonishing nugget If you take yearly GDP numbers reported by eachrovince and sum them up you ll end with a result significantly higher than the GDP number reported by the central authorities Why Because there s a very strong incentive for Fettan provincialarty bosses to do better than their neighbors so they can move up the ower structure of The Party and government The reason The Party power structure of The Party and government The reason The Party succeeded in the massive economic transformation of the last 30 odd years emerges from studying the affects of this i The Party turns both commonly misunderstood analyses of China on their head namely that China has a wholesale embrace of unrestrained capitalism and the unobservant one that China is still communistThe Party s central thesis is that in the words of one Beijing University rofessor The Party is like God He is everywhere you just can t see himWhat follows is a series of detailed accounts of how the arty is at the heart of all the instruments of state the economy the media and the militaryChapters 1 2 3 and 6 are in many ways rather similar detailing the arty s involvement in the economy in both state and The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans private enterprise and how the demarcation between the state andrivate sector are increasingly blurredToward the end of the book greater insight is shown into several high rofile corruption cases such as the Sanlu baby milk oisoning scandal and the initial attempt to cover it upPerhaps little new is offered in the chapter concerning corruption an issue highly familiar to many China hands but the most insightful chapter for myself was Chapter 4 Why we fight The Party and the GunHere is examined one of the most curious aspects of modern China and indeed the modern world a national military the world s by standing troop numbers who s first loyalty is to the arty as opposed to most armies who s first loyalty is to the state and constitution The workings of the subordination of the military to the arty are given better examination than this reader has hitherto encountered and chapter 4 is a chapter worthy of disciplined re readingThe final chapter on the Party and their official rendering of history and control of the national media may be familiar to experienced China hand s but nonetheless new insights are containedOn the whole The Party is a highly readable and detailed examination of China s system and essential reading for new and old China hands alike For weiguoren foreigners the most difficult thing to understand about the Chinese system is the osition of the Chinese Communist Party in it As in the old Soviet Union the Party acts as a strange arallel state wielding all the real ower in government but only from behind the official legal screens of ministries and bureaus In China this strangeness is amplified because the Party which is supposed to be the keeper of the unified ideological line is ruling a country that is becoming shamelessly capitalist Richard McGregor uncovers these contradictions and highlights them He does a wonderful investigative job finding out how exactly the Party rules the world s largest nationFor instance in the 50 largest corporations in China the CEO s most important relationship isn t with his or her stockholders or important relationship isn t with his or her stockholders or members or workers but with the Party The CEO is therefore not angry but thrilled to be granted a red machine the big red hone The Catechism of the Council of Trent placed on the desks of top CEOs that gives the Party direct access to him or her The most important function of the Party in these companies as in the government itself is to distributeositions The Party s massive Central Organization Department operating as much of the Party out of an unmarked buildings in Beijing and the City for Sale: Ed Koch and the Betrayal of New York provinces judges ideological vigour andlaces The Runaway Prophet Jonah Study Guide 1998 people where they will ensure Party control and flows of funds The top CEOs al. 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So are expected to form Communist Party cells in their company and to chair those cells and organize Party work and recruitment inside the company and in supposedly independent business organizations or labor unions The red machine at a company is therefore a means to tell company leaders who to hire but it also ensures government favors and contracts and bank loans to the company It s a trade the CEOs are willing to make In one infamous example the Party told the CEOs of the top 3 telecom companies to switch laces because they worried about independent Davids Sling power bases forming in the companies outside the Party s controlThe Party thus works on its 80 or so million members by both making demands and giving rewards Party members have to toe the Party line on ideology andolicy attend one of about 2700 Party educational schools for special classes and give up some Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields perks such as for CEOs options in the companies that getartially Learner Strategies in Language Learning privatized but they also get ensured advancement and contracts and networks In the case of aotential crime the Party member is tried by the Party and not the regular judicial system but a Party member is also subject to random investigative detention and uestioning not used for most citizens Like in the old Soviet Union the Party has a secret nomenklatura list of Dangerously Placed positions throughout government and society that it controls In the early 1990s it added the head of universities and journalists organization to the list after concerns about too much independent thinking and reporting The nomenklatura system also determines which sections of the government and the economy thrive and move upwards The Party constantly harps on the unity of the Party and the People s Liberation Army PLA but hasn t appointed a military man to allowerful Politburo Standing Committee since 1992 it used to be than half demonstrating that it wants to keep the military firmly under the Party s control The Party s obsession with control is always in evidence in this book The Party is terrified of direct sales organizations like Amway and Avon because they organize groups and sellers outside of the Party The Party s Propaganda Department makes official ideological statements on all of Chinese history recently deciding to extend the Party s own history back to 1840 to better capture anti foreigner campaigns then and expects all reporters and historians to abide by such statements such as the idea that Mao Zedong was exactly 70% good and 30% bad The Party is infinitely open than it used to be an ideologically dangerous book today won t be Just Destiny published or reviewed but the author will rarely be jailed or even hurt but it still fears the dangers of another Tiananmen Suare and organizes constantly torevent it This book finally brings the Party s fears and Paradise Run powers to light and leaves the reader in awe of the Party s secretive influence China is aopular and complicated subject these days To make it simple yet concise as ossibleAlmost every thing about China for the last 60 or so years is about the Communist Party of China its centrality and rimacy can be seen in its society culture Help Me, Jacques Cousteau politics media corruption etc The Party takesrecedence before anything maybe even before China itself Its Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen presence can be uite literally be felt by aerson from the womb to the grave It is a totalitarian yet adaptive system riding on the wave of The Book of Mordred prosperity it helped engender by almost completely repudiating everything Marxist and Maoist it once espoused Enjoying the best of both worlds I say This book flirted with 3 stars but finally got a 4 It s overrated in my opinion butThe author has great difficulty though he is obviously well informed about the facts on the ground in understanding and contextualizing the soft authoritarianism that is China today This isroof which one finds often in many walks of life that those who know the most don t always understand the best My own experience in my own field has given me MANY examples of this to be sureI have already explained in my status updates the kind of error this leads him to That China is corrupt dirty large and unwieldy that the Party Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide pulls the strings as best it can etc does not make comparisons with the Stalinisturges apt that it is not forthcoming about SARS is hardly startling given Japan s handling of Fukushima and cf and the West s handling of Assange etc But the Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert problem here goes deeper I believeIt seems to me that MacGregor started out with one thesis and then to his own dismay ended up with a very different thesis Apparently he had wanted to reveal the dirty secret that China is not in fact a liberal utopia and solays up and indeed with a touch of melodrama the flaws in Chinese governance the Party influence on SEO s etc none of which in fact is in the least remarkable or unknown And in order to do so he spends many long Hidden Boundaries pages narrating anecdotes which do not uite rise to the emotional temperature he had hoped to reach As such the book is sometimes simply boring andredictable and can be easily scannedBut then finally he comes to an Afterword and acknowledges that for all the imperfections the system actually seems to be working retty well that for all the Atrophy there is indeed a lot of Adaptation and flexibility as well and that as David Shaumbaugh argued the adapation seems to be winning out He also oints out how Gods Callgirl people have beenredicting the implosion of China for 20 years and how surprisingly and to the dismay of many in the West uoting from memory here they keep getting roven wrongEven apart from the bears like Pettis et al who are well known I have a colleague who is connected with a well known writer on China among other things and who was telling me with a certainty that China would soon fragment back in 1993 and was telling me with a certainty that China would soon fragment back in 1993 and So I know this type uite well When I raised the oint a year or two ago they nodded knowingly and assured me that their rediction wasn t wrong because it hasn t come true yet HmmmmIn fact the Afterword is a very good brief 10 ages maybe summation of the TRUE state of affairs and if MacGregor had started composing this book AFTER he had come to his conclusions rather than arriving at it in contradiction to the apparent aim and direction of his narrative simply because he had to admit to himself that his narrative had failed that is rather than thinking with the en he had to admit to himself that his narrative had failed that is rather than thinking with the en would have been a far useful book At any rate the Afterword got him an extra starOn the other hand maybe he and his editors simply felt that the negative thesis would sell books than would a sober balanced non apocalyptic assessment which btw his journalist s brief couldn t really have Renoir pulled off for 300ages in which case fuck him 3 stars Richard McGregor s The Party offers us a well balanced thought Nebular Sammelband 5 - Galaxis in Panik provoking insight into the machinations of the Chinese Communist Party and generally into how China functions Many Western commentators bray constantly about the imminent and inevitable collapse of theolitical system in China According to them the liberalization of the economic system and adoption of the free market in which individual decisions about what to buy and what to sell hold sway will inevitably undermine the autocracy of a Nightwing: On the Razor's Edge political system where individual rights do not exist In his masterful book East West Chris Patten tells us that this contradiction cannot exist in the long term A breakingoint is inevitable and when it comes the Party will collapseMacGregor however uestions this Bakunin: The Creative Passion premise Plenty ofredicted breaking The Donegal Woman points haveresented themselves and yet the Party continues to hold the reins of Martha's Chickens and the Pirates power If nothing else this has demonstrated its astonishing adaptability As such those who say history ended when the Cold War was won with the defeat of a society based on aolitically authoritarian and centralized economic model by a The Necromancer, or The Tale of the Black Forest politically democratic free market society may have rushed to judgement For the resilience of the Communist Party in Chinaotentially offers a third way of Amstel Girl: Playing With Destiny politically tight control coupled with relaxed control on economic matters This was Deng Xiaoping s answer following events of June 1989 To this day it continues MacGregor furtheroints out that rather than succumbing to the challenges of joining the WTO and the global financial crisis some may say that the Deng s formula has seen China come off better than its Western counterparts The ability of the Party through the control it can still exert over the Chinese banks which had been transformed from state owned monoliths into IPO d companies whose shares were hoovered up to uickly ensure money was umped into the economy stood in stark contrast to the US and Europe where uantitative easing was debated until the cows came home and still is The message from China s conseuent economic uptick was look how better we are than you are It also cemented the continued legitimacy of the PartyMy articular favourite chapter in this book is that on the sinister grey anonymous and yet ultimately A Diary of Darkness: The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi powerful Central Organization Department which MacGregor describes as the Party s HR department The Organization Department according to MacGregor vets and controls an astonishing range of appointments so vital to the Party s continued exertion ofower and control I couldn t he. 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Lp but be amused and astonished by this description as it seems to fit the way an HR department works in any large multinational company albeit in China Hiam plc you can multiply the appointments it has to oversee by tenMake no mistake however This book is certainly not an advert for China s system of government MacGregoroints out that corruption in China remains deep The rights of those who uestion the system are ultimately suppressed if they cannot be shut up by co option But what MacGregor s books gives us is a different insight to the Party one which does not judge its goodness or badness but seeks to bring to our attention the fact that it has We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, proven to be far adaptable to meet the continuing challengesresented to its existence than we can imagine Protests are met with the strategy of Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes pay off first and only if that does not work will they be stamped on Propaganda which failed in the SARs crisis has since borrowed from the Blair government s handling of the mad cow disease crisis to correct things In its adaptability the Party has so far found the key to its survival and through the continued deliverance of an economic miracle even in the midst of the financial crisis its strengthening It is in short not going anywhere And as China continues its advance to world superpowerdom we would all do well to take that lesson on boardPeter Gregoire author of Article 109 This fellow knows his China and has known it with an All Accessass for decades Well as much access as a non member can have Plus he has callouses on his feet from trying to walk into rough Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings patches barefoot Some of the things he asked to fairly senior Party members would be cringe worthy if they weren t so gutsy and asked so ingenuously Add in the asides he records from trusting low level functionaries whom McGregor actually names and the verified tasty gossip from businesseople bankers and executives and you eventually realize that the author has had a deep and wide view of how the CCP works for so long that his assessment has become intuitive like a musician being able to Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading play what he hears He s also smart enough to know this only means he knows where the moving target was but he gives a good description of the Wendigo sighted in the woods at midnight Nobody knows where it is now or what fur it s wearing but McGregor sure got a good glimpse of the beast for a moment or two The book is wellaced and intrinsically fascinating whether you are into reading about China or not This can serve as additional info for the China hand a Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija primer for the beginner or a good intro for the China generalist looking to addolitical cred to her vision I m almost done with the book and see no flaws of importance so I give it five stars The only 10 Soluciones Simples Para El Deficit de Atencion En Adultos people who know actual Party members don t write books that I can read or have access to The beast that is China s rulingartyThis review of The Party The Secret World of China s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor was originally ublished in the Vancouver Sun on August 14 2010 and on my blog at the spring of 2006 I enrolled in a curious course at the BC Institute of Technology in Vancouver It was called the Fundamentals of Doing Business with China but it turn out to be like Leninism 101 Our instructor Lawrence Gu had just become dean of Canada s first Confucius Institute a artnership between BCIT and the Chinese government There are now than three hundred Confucius Institutes around the world mostly offering Mandarin classes BCIT Gu enthused was the first to offer a The Tale of Pepper the Pony: Kingfisher Foldout practical business courseOur first lesson was on China s governance It s the most sophisticated structure in the world Gu said It looks familiar but it isn t He distributed four handouts Stapled on top was one simply titled Party It was an organizational chart showing the Communist Party s Secretary General the Politburo Standing Committee Politburo and Party Central Committee in descending order Why do Iut the Party first he askedAt every level of government Gu explained village leaders mayors and A Lion Among Men provincial governors are shadowed by Party apparatchiks who hold the realower in China At the top sits the Politburo Standing Committee These nine members are really calling the shots Gu said He described the Party s Secretary General Hu Jintao who is also China s President as the emperor Gu boasted of his Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution pragmatic approach in beating outrestigious universities for the country s first Confucius Institute We followed the Chinese government strategy and you ll find out that s the strategy for success That is also the first fundamental when in China you need to toe the Party lineGu s greatest challenge was finding a course textbook I don t think you can have one he said The subject is too difficult and fluid That is until now Richard McGregor s new book the arty the secret world of book The Party The Secret World of s Communist Rulers should be reuired reading for anyone wanting to do any kind of business in China Understanding the Party is fundamental to success and survival as McGregor describes in chilling roseMcGregor s narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen S Snow Leopard In Snow Leopard in the writer tracks the mysterious cat through the Himalayas As we travel with McGregor in search of his beast as he calls the Party we see mostly the bloody trail of its mauled victims from 35 million starved to death in the Great Leap Forward to students massacred in Tiananmen Suare With every gripping anecdote McGregor gets closer to capturing the essence of the Party but in the end this animal like the snow leopard A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) proves elusive Theroblem in writing about the Party is that much as the Party might be staring you in the face you can t easily glare back he writes Indeed he adds Sometimes you can t see the Party at all The Party is like God one Chinese academic tells him He is everywhere You just can t see him Yet McGregor sees than most A reporter for the Financial Times he s been covering China for than a decade and is a seasoned entertaining guide His book is a age turner a mystery of sorts Although he only glimpses into the Party s inner workings McGregor s uest to shed light on the murky cliue that rules the world s largest country becomes a vehicle for understanding modern China with all its contradictions and aradoxesThe Party is everywhere and nowhere Over time he writes the Party s secrecy has gone beyond habit and become essential to its survival by shielding it from the reach of the law and the wider citizenry McGregor deftly describes how the Party has junked its outdated Marxist software but still runs on Soviet hardware It operates on a Leninist mainframe keeping its lock hold on the state and three The Mutants Are Coming pillars of its survival strategy control ofersonnel ropaganda and the People s Liberation Army This oint is often lost on many Western observers who hail the end of Communism in China Not uite The Leninist bureaucracy survives but the Party has added a touch of McKinsey to ensure it Alles in meinem Dasein ist Musik... performs he writes referring to the global business consultancyThe book s first half focuses on the Party s control of the state businessersonnel and the army while the second half describes the Party s many challenges reigning in corruption and rogue officials in the regions controlling the growing capitalist class and managing the narrative of China because if this narrative unraveled it could devour them all At times McGregor Makes It Seem Like makes it seem like average Chinese is living in the Matrix workers may be improving their lot but the real Witch Is Why The Moon Disappeared purpose of their daily toil is to sustain and enrich the red machine whose greed and graft knows no bounds And anyone who tries to expose the Party for what it truly is will be duly annihilated As aolitical machine he writes the Party has so far roved to be a sinuous cynical and adaptive beast in the face of its multiple challenges McGregor is less successful at describing its evolution That the Party has succeeded so spectacularly shouldn t be a surprise Lenin designed his dictatorship of the roletariat by a vanguard Underground (Unbelievers, party ofrofessionals as a means to industrialize rural The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons peasants Leninism is reverse Marxism first theolitical revolution and then an industrial one That s exactly what China s Communist Party has done with aplombBut can this rickety Soviet hardware effectively manage an increasingly ost industrial luralistic society of tech savvy citizens and irreverent youths For many observers democratization seems inevitable in China just as the autocratic Kuomintang relinuished The Purposeful Graduate power to multiarty elections in Taiwan Indeed the Party already allows for elections of village leaders and in some townships Yet McGregor sidesteps the issue of Inscriptions for Headstones political reformThe Party has become craftier too but McGregor barely touches on the new methods and technologies being used to seduce and suppress co opt and coerceublic opinion Besides the Great Fire Wall the Party is employing electronic surveillance Thailand's Sickest - Hell To Pay polling and focus groups and isrobably monitoring Internet search terms on Baidu China s Google and the blogosphere to keep one step ahead of the mobWhether it uses democratic elections or technological innovations or a bit of both to manage the complexities of Huumetsaarin jouluyö post industrial society as McGregor rightlyoints out the Party isn t over in China. And he has used all of his experience to uncover the true story of the Chinese Communist Part. ,

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