Saturday, October 08, 2005

The Socialism Experiment

A street performing child in Beijing. Nearly one-third of the children in China's poverty-stricken areas are malnourished, far more than in urban areas, in an example of the country's growing income disparity(AFP)

According to the China Poverty-Relief Fund:

"...nearly 30 million Chinese live in absolute poverty, meaning that by local standards they lack enough food and clothing. Another 60 million have incomes below 865 yuan (about $100) a year — well below the $1 a day that the World Bank takes as its standard."

I'm glad to see that "from each, according to their ability; to each, according to their need" is faring better in China than it did in the USSR. ;-)

I guess that's what you get when you let counter-revolutionaries add elements of vile capitalism to a perfect system.