China as Superpower: A Super-Vision of Power?

Abstract

One wonders whether or not, as alternative to an American-style use of power considered too intimidating, and as such counterproductive, China’s productive fervor means in fact to revamp the old idea that there are, after all, happy slaves despite an overrating of freedom spread globally by the West. To the libertarian ideology claiming that freedom is worth the highest sacrifice, China can be perceived as opposing the naturalism of the wu wei doctrine: avoid confrontation whenever possible and live within your means. Politically, this means accept your stance in life for the sake of general stability and peace, or apply for approval from above if obsessed with change. How does this compare to the Western quest for the next stroke of salutary genius capable of leading the world out of its present crisis into a new horizon? To find out, one needs to disclose the fundamental existential assumptions that exert their unquestioned fascination upon the Chinese mind, inciting it to export its way of being, and not just trinkets. The essay’s conclusion favors the idea that a political super-vision must liberate the minds from the spell of any model and flirt with a dangerous loss of control. 

Keywords: pacifism, mimetism, ideology, virtual liberation, managerial genius, karoshi (lethal overwork)


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