It is not fair to demand the others to agree to my political opinion. But I do believe that anyone who deserves being called China democracy activists should know there are differences between liberal democracy and socialist democracy.
Democracy, to Americans, it is certainly the western democracy system, or liberal democracy, which is considered a best government system the human beings ever have so far. However, the Chinese communist government is also calling for socialist democracy for China. The word democracy has two different meanings opposite to each other to the different Chinese people, liberal democracy or socialist democracy. So I suggest every democracy activists to be able to tell the differences between them. If we don’t pay close attention to the differences, the communists are able to sabotage the China liberal democracy movement by confusing it with the socialist democracy concept.
Maybe, some of our China democracy activists stand for socialist democracy, as they want China to turn to a democracy system like it is in Venezuela. But in the United States of America, when we are talking about the democracy system for China, we mean liberal democracy, not the socialist democracy which the Venezuela president Hugo Chavez or the China Communist Party general secretary Hu Jintao are talking about.
I am not specialized in political science. But I spent some time and effort trying to clearly tell the differences between the liberal democracy and socialist democracy. The importance I sighted has been described above.
Here are how I understand the two:
People’s basic human rights and private property rights are protected by the government. Because of the principles set here, any elected official or government institution should not violate the people’s basic human rights and deprive the private property in the case that the majorities in the population of the society are willing to do so by their votes. The economic system associated with the liberal democracy is always free market based capitalist economy.
People’s rights are determined by the majority, which is also including people’s private property rights. The principle is set that the majorities in the population are to dominate all the decisions, political, economic and all the others. This is called “people’s democratic dictatorship” (proletarian dictatorship) by the China Communist Party (see the Preamble of the China Constitution). Based on such a principle, the minorities are not protected by the government. Usually, this kind of government system is targeting the riches and the haves to deprive their private properties for pursuing “social wealth equal distribution” theory. The economic system associated with socialist democracy is always having large scale of government’s central planning, using political power, economic power or both, regardless if market economy is allowed or not.
After you understand the differences between liberal demcoracy and socialist democracy, you will not be confused by the China Communist Party or those who call themselves democracy activists - but it is actually socialist demcoracy they really want.