A Communist Utopia: Huaxi, The Village From China Where Everybody Is Rich
When Karl Marx wrote and talked about a communist utopia, he easily could have describe Huaxi, the village from China where everybody is rich. Scratch that! Filthy rich! While most communist regimes failed to offer the perfect lifestyle promised to their people, it seems that anything is possible in China.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, only a few countries remained communist and a few other countries were still communist, but they called it another way, to avoid all the international media attention. Cuba recently decided to put an end to the tight Castro regime, China is becoming more open to the West than ever before and North Korea is the last standing pillar of true dictatorship.
Except for China, none of the other communist countries managed to offer real wealth to the people and to assure a living they could be proud of. Maybe it’s the ideology itself, or maybe the bad implementation, but it’s pretty much safe to say that communism is a ‘no-no’. Except for Huaxi. Huaxi is different.
As explained by The New York Times, we get a real insight of how Huaxi became a communist utopia:
When China effectively embraced capitalism in the 1980s, Huaxi was an agrarian hovel, reachable by dirt roads. Mr. Wu, then the local Communist Party secretary, seized on the new market freedoms to shift the Huaxi economy from farming to manufacturing and trade, but with a twist: the residents would throw their money into a collective pot and share in the take from whatever new businesses they bought.
“In the 30 years after the opening up, the system changed in many places,” Mr. Wu’s son, Wu Xie’en, said in a recent interview. “Some chose private ownership, but we Huaxi people chose public ownership. The biggest benefit is that the people share the common prosperity.”
Huaxi is a small village in China that looks completely different from any other village located in the world’s most populous country. It has a 74-story skyscraper located in the village’s center, a shopping mall and sculptures of their local mascot, the water buffalo, can be found all over the place.
Each villager has his own big house and an imported car. Yes, each and every one of these villagers are filthy rich and they all live in a communist utopia. Even their fellow Chinese citizens come from all over the country to visit this miraculous place. Huaxi has only 2,000 inhabitants which own everything in the village, including the infrastructure, the shopping mall and anything in between. It’s common wealth and everybody gets a piece of it.
All the inhabitants function like a corporation. The downside to everything is that they all work 7 days a week, but the good part is that they do none of the heavy lifting anymore. They have a lot of outside immigrants hired for the though jobs. The immigrants don’t get to stay in the village however and they do not own anything here, they just get higher wages than in any other part of China.
The leaders of Huaxi have no plans to abandon communism, they merely use capitalism as a way to instate Maoism in the best form possible. Even though everybody is rich, there are still people who are richer than most of their fellow villagers. This could become a problem in the future, but until then, the people from Huaxi are living it up. Who can blame them, right?