For the first time ever, China’s Communist Party is openly questioning its legitimacy

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Things are getting wacky in The Ultimate Crony Capitalist State.

As the Chinese economy has turned down sharply, as the realization that the official growth numbers coming out of Beijing are and have been to a large degree FICTION, there are significant rumblings on the political front. Instability is the Chinese Communist Party’s greatest enemy and things are unstable and becoming likely more unstable. Change is in the air. Or is that coal dust? Regardless, current Chinese leadership is choking on it.

(From Quartz)

After Wang’s speech, the Chinese internet is abuzz with uncensored discussions of whether the party does in fact have a “legitimate” right to rule citizens who did not get to choose these leaders. Even more unexpectedly, an article (link in Chinese) analyzing what his use of the word “legitimacy” could mean has been widely circulated on China’s Internet—and been republished by major news portals and state-own media—after it was first posted on messaging app WeChat on Sept. 10.

 The article, from a WeChat account run by the People’s Daily newspaper, the Party’s leading mouthpiece, explains that former Chinese leaders have never talked about the legitimacy of the ruling Party explicitly before—though they haven’t been avoiding the question, it adds, as the idea was implanted in Chinese socialism.