Dr. Joshua Liu is a University of Toronto (MD 2013) and York University (Bsc 2009) alumni. Currently, he is the Co-founder & CEO of Seamless Mobile Health, a company building technology to prevent hospital readmissions. Previously, Joshua founded SMARTS: Youth Science Canada’s national youth science network and previously sat on Shad Valley’s Board of Directors. He has received various honours, including being a Canadian Top 20 Under 20, Next 36 high impact entrepreneur, TD Canada Trust Scholar and receiving the Eric Fonberg MD Award for Health Systems Leadership.
Whatever its causes, the current ideological landscape likely has serious consequences for Chinese policymaking: ideological resurgence dramatically alters the social and political landscape in which the party-state operates. The sources of legitimacy are very different in a pragmatically materialist society than in an ideologically charged and polarized one. Whereas robust economic growth was the key to popular support in the former, it is probably insufficient, and perhaps not even necessary, in the latter. At the moment, it’s profoundly uncertain which side — liberals, leftists, or cultural conservatives — will eventually gain the upper hand in these ideological wars. If one side does emerge on top, the government may find itself forced, or at least strongly incentivized, to seek sociopolitical legitimacy via redistributionist policies, civil rights reform, or perhaps a full-scale swing towards some reconstructed notion of traditional cultural values. This could be either a curse or a blessing: it might force the party-state into uncomfortable ideological positions, but it could also provide alternative sources of social support in times of economic or geopolitical turmoil.
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