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Book ☆ The Party 320 pages Download ¾ Richard mcgregor ✓ [Download] ➾ The Party Author Richard McGregor – An eye opening investigation into china's communist party and its integral role in the country's rise as a global superpower and rival of the united states China's politicaAn eye opening investigation into china's communist party and its integral role in the country's rise as a global superpower and rival of the united states China's political and economic growth in the past three decades is one of astonishing epochal dimensions The country has undergone a remarkable transformation on a scale similar to that of the Industrial Revolution in the West The most remarkable part of this transformation however has been left largely untold the central role of the Chinese Communist Party As an organization alone the Party is a phenomenon of uniue scale and power Its membership s The beast that is China’s ruling partyThis review of The Party The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor was originally published 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 partnership 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 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 I put the Party first” he askedAt every level of government Gu explained village leaders mayors and provincial governors are shadowed by Party apparatchiks who hold the real power 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 “pragmatic” approach in beating out prestigious 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 Party The Secret World of China’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 proseMcGregor’s narrative unfolds like Peter Matthiessen’s Snow Leopard in which 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 proves elusive“The problem 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 page 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 paradoxesThe 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 pillars of its survival strategy control of personnel propaganda and the People’s Liberation Army” This point 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 performs” he writes referring to the global business consultancyThe book’s first half focuses on the Party’s control of the state business personnel 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 the average Chinese is living in the Matrix; workers may be improving their lot but the real 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 a political machine” he writes “the Party has so far proved 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 proletariat by a vanguard party of professionals as a means to industrialize rural peasants Leninism is reverse Marxism first the political 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 post industrial pluralistic society of tech savvy citizens and irreverent youths For many observers democratization seems inevitable in China just as the autocratic Kuomintang relinuished power to multi party elections in Taiwan Indeed the Party already allows for elections of village leaders and in some townships Yet McGregor sidesteps the issue of 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 coerce public opinion Besides the Great Fire Wall the Party is employing electronic surveillance polling and focus groups and is probably 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 post industrial society as McGregor rightly points out the Party isn’t over in China

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Urpasses seventy three million and it does than just rule a country The Party not only has a grip on every aspect of government from the largest richest cities to the smallest far flung villages in Tibet and Xinjiang it also has a hold on all official religions the media and the military The Party presides over large wealthy state owned businesses and it exercises control over the selection of senior executives of all government companies many of which are in the top tier of the Fortune list In The Party Richard McGregor delves deeply into China's inner sanctum for the first time showing how the Commu China is a popular and complicated subject these days To make it simple yet concise as possibleAlmost every thing about China for the last 60 or so years is about the Communist Party of China its centrality and primacy can be seen in its society culture politics media corruption etc The Party takes precedence before anything maybe even before China itself Its presence can be uite literally be felt by a person from the womb to the grave It is a totalitarian yet adaptive system riding on the wave of prosperity it helped engender by almost completely repudiating everything Marxist and Maoist it once espoused Enjoying the best of both worlds I say

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The PartyNist Party controls the government courts media and military and how it keeps all corruption accusations against its members in house The Party's decisions have a global impact yet the CPC remains a deeply secretive body hostile to the law unaccountable to anyone or anything other than its own internal tribunals It is the world's only geopolitical rival of the United States and is steadfastly poised to think the worst of the West In this provocative and illuminating account Richard McGregor offers a captivating portrait of China's Communist Party its grip on power and control over China and its future Richard McGregor's The Party offers us a well balanced thought 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 the political 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 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 breaking point is inevitable and when it comes the Party will collapseMacGregor however uestions this premise Plenty of predicted breaking points have presented themselves and yet the Party continues to hold the reins of 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 a politically authoritarian and centralized economic model by a politically democratic free market society may have rushed to judgement For the resilience of the Communist Party in China potentially offers a third way of 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 further points 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 pumped 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 particular favourite chapter in this book is that on the sinister grey anonymous and yet ultimately 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 of power and control I couldn't help 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 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 MacGregor points 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 proven to be far adaptable to meet the continuing challenges presented to its existence than we can imagine Protests are met with the strategy of 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