5.9.1. Chinese politicians really care about the Chinese citizens (中国政客真正关心中国公民)

Sometimes people say Ciro Santilli is naive.

Politicians are the same all over the world.

Some might have good intentions, but most don’t give a shit about anyone else.

But all must play a careful political game, and sometimes betray their own beliefs to not lose power entirely.

Even those that genuinely care might have to play such political games.

China’s problem is not its politicians.

Western politicians don’t care about the people either: Western society is extremely unequal (西方社会极度不平等). But at least they have to pretend a little.

By John Kenneth Galbraith, possibly based on an earlier Soviet Union (苏联) joke https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ocasio-cortez-capitalism-quote/:

Under capitalism, man oppresses man. Under socialism, it’s just the opposite.