Mention in the news yesterday. What I find interesting in this is that, for many years, I have felt that modern China is the practical embodiment of a 21st century Nazi state. I DO NOT MEAN THIS AS SOME SORT OF SPECIFIC INSULT TOWARDS OR CRITICISM OF CHINA MIND. (Before anybody has a go at me about that statement) It is Just an observation. Had Germany survived WW2 I could certainly see her political and economic system evolving along similar lines. All the elements are there. 1) A long standing sense of cultural and ethnic superiority 2) A very disciplined and strongly rule based society (Chinese after all, invented "Legalism" as a form of government ) 3) Strongly hierarchical governance, the name of the roles may have changed, but China is still an Empire and still has an Emperor. 4) A fair degree of command economy, but.... 5) One where private enterprise is strongly encouraged and pretty well given free rein. 6) In the main, those who dont "Get with the program" are likley to be subject to harsh treatment. 7) Despite all of the above (And despite the presence of small pro-democracy groups) the Government is actually quite popular with the majority of Chinese citizens. (The Nazis enjoyed a surprisingly high level of support by German citizens right up to the end of the war, even when they were losing badly) (One interesting caveat however. The phenomena of "Nail Houses" Seems that Chinese citizens, despite living in a totalitarian, authoritarian dictatorship. nevertheless seem to have individual property rights that people in western democracies can only dream of. ) Now, the Nazi model isn't actually a bad one if your primary objective is rapid Economic, Industrial and Technical progress (As the ever controversial Gene Rodenberry pointed out in the Star Trek TOS episode "Patterns of Force" first broadcast in the late 60's ) So, is Comrade Corbyn really a closet Nazi at heart??