Chinese Astronauts Want Communism in Space
Michael Hoffman & Kristopher Kubicki
October 20, 2007 9:25 AM
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Communist China is thinking of creating a Communist party space branch
Chinese astronauts are considering the creation of a space branch of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Even though the growing space nation is
not a participating member of the International Space Station (ISS) project
, the country hopes to be able to one day create its own permanent space station.
The Chinese astronaut corp now has 14 members -- all communist party members -- and the Communist party only requires three members for a government application.
"If China has its own space station, the taikonauts on mission
will carry out the regular activities of a CPC branch
in space in the way we do on Earth, such as learning the Party's policies and exchanging opinions on the Party's decisions," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut. "If we establish a Party branch in space, it would also be the 'highest' of its kind in the world.”
Yang, current deputy director of the China Astronaut Research Training Center, became the world's first taikonaut aboard the Shenzhou V spacecraft in 2003. During a mission two years later, two more Chinese astronauts were successfully sent to space aboard the Shenzhou VI spacecraft. Only the United States and Russia have successfully launched astronauts into space before China.
China plans another manned launch in mid-2008, this time with a three-man crew.
It will be a long time before an official party can be established, especially since the party branch must need a permanent space residence – a feat China will likely not be able to complete soon.
"Like foreign astronauts having their beliefs, we believe in Communism, which is also a spiritual power," closed Yang in a statement to Chinese media.
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10/20/2007 2:28:55 PM
My guess is that you are soon going to inhale. Of course I am right, as it happens regularly. However, no one noticed. It is the same on the political spectrum: when someone makes a mistake, either no one notices/cares or they get ridiculed for a short while. Look at France, five years ago there were more French jokes than Americans to tell them. Now? Many people (myself excluded) agree with what the French said: "No, this war is not right."
As a man destined for greatness (me) once said (about 1:30 P.M. on October 20th, 2007), "To err is human, to care is godlike." America's mistakes are only remembered when there is an agenda. These agendas also preclude relevant successes. The same is true of any other nation; to make a point, you must find precedence. China will be remembered as a nation of slovenly, dictatorial, hypocritical politicians dominating poor, oppressed peons; as long as the point is that America is great. China, in reality, has been a nation full of contrast: incredible triumphs mixed with ridiculous failures. Unfortunately, many American reports, both private and syndicated, contrast the failures of China with the success of America, while completely ignoring the other side of the coin.
China is going to space, so they are allowed to extend their influence into space. I don't see the impact of this decision to create a "space-based communism", unless it leads to non-airforce personnel being involved; which would be a triumph "worthy of capitalism." To date, the only effort to bring a civilian to space, on the part of America at least, was a fiery fiasco (Challenger).
BTW, I believe that capitalism is a better system, as I do not see man as capable of the level of goodness required by a successful communistic state. I am not going to assert that now, I am just stating my position.
10/20/2007 5:53:54 PM
NASA got another teacher up this year, and capitalism has put it's people in space without communist or statist help.
Just pointing it out. I look in my crystal ball and I see that within 20 or 30 years, the free market will be doing more in space than all governments, communist or otherwise, combined could hope to be doing so regularly and so safely.
10/22/2007 6:35:15 PM
Well actually, without the original space race with communist Russia, who knows when we would have gone into space?
Doesn't this prove that capitalism needs communism to succeed?
You know, protaganist/antagonist; Terrans/Klingons?
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