Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Chinese Terminology: Xiaokang Society


China’s most important goal over the next five years is to build a society of moderate prosperity, a “xiaokang society”. The word “xiaokang” literally means “moderate well-being”. It was actually first mentioned in China 2,000 years ago as a social state in which people led a comfortable life. However, what would a xiaokang society look like today? First, no one would be below the poverty line. China would strive to eradicate absolute poverty in the most remote areas. People would receive guarantees about their livelihoods. A programme to promote better living standards in urban areas would cover a wide group of people in need. More students would get a tertiary education. Improved healthcare and living conditions would also benefit more people. Social fairness and justice would facilitate and guarantee people’s fundamental interests. At the same time, more measures would tackle environmental problems for bluer skies, a greener earth, and cleaner water. In 1979, Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping used the term “xiaokang society” for the nation’s modernisation drive. Now, to turn China into a country of moderate prosperity, it requires greater advances in the economy, fuller democracy, and progress in science and education.

19 October 2017



Friday, 30 August 2013

30 August 2013. Stop the Presses! Vassa Larina’s Started a New YouTube Lecture Series! Hear, Hear!

01 read all about it


I got the following from the Cabinet:

V. L. has started a YouTube lecture series (click here). Expect much more of her cutting mockery of her parents, her home parish, and the Russian Orthodox tradition more generally, now straight to your computer screen!

I quite agree. Another Cabineteer sent me this:

Don’t link Mother Vassa with Fr George! He’s quite upset with her dalliance with Bob Taft and of some of her public utterances. He’s an Old School ROCOR priest, in the best sense of the term.

I quite agree with that, too. The Larins are part of the First Families apparat, but that doesn’t mean that they’re corrupt or evil. Once we have a united Church here in the American and Canadian diasporas many of the First Family sorts will have leading positions in it. You’re stupid to think otherwise. As for me, I agree with Deng Xiaoping:

It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.

Some of the First Family sorts (such as John Jillions, Eric Tosi, Victor Potapov, and Leonid Ksihkovsky) are incompetents and/or corrupt to the bone. Others are “operators” but competent (such as Alexander Lebedeff), whilst still others simply have the “right pedigree” (Alexander Golitzin, many of the Lukianovtsy, George Larin, and Alexander Garklavs). There’s a deep longing for unity amongst Russian Orthodox in the American diaspora. That’s the impression that I received from my conversations at St T’s and Jackson. Let’s not ruin it by stupid vendettas that’ll do nothing but advance personal agendas and halt unity. Keep it focused; keep it businesslike; keep it issues-oriented; we’ll get there (and faster than you’d think, too)



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