Chinese students grew bored with socialism.

The best feature about any science, including the softer social sciences, is that you can only fake it for so long. At some point, people realize the idea does not correspond with reality. The next generation never reveres the delusions of their parents. They’re bored by the irrelevance of it.

“But today’s China is, in some respects, less socialistic than much of Western Europe, with a moth-eaten social safety net and a wild free-market economy. Students in almost any urban Chinese school can look out their classroom windows and see just about everything but socialism being constructed: high-rise office buildings, shopping malls, movie theaters, luxury apartment buildings, fast-food restaurants, hotels, factories — the whole capitalist panorama.”

“The main reason Chinese officials and scholars do not talk about communism is that hardly anybody really believes that Marxism should provide guidelines for thinking about China’s political future,” he wrote. “The ideology has been so discredited by its misuses that it has lost almost all legitimacy in society…. To the extent there’s a need for a moral foundation for political rule in China, it almost certainly won’t come from Karl Marx.”

This is one of the few welcome signs in Chinese progress.