Archive for Poverty

The Truth Behind Vietnam’s Economic Growth

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here in the west, analysts like to talk about Vietnam’s rising economy and wealth, but what they fail to see is the plight of the Vietnamese people at the hands of the VCP.  It is true that Vietnam is a fast growing economy, with an annual GDP increase of 7-8%.  However, one should look at the life of the average citizen to get the whole picture.  The Communist Party will do whatever it takes to sustain the country’s economic growth, even at the expense of the Vietnamese people.

Land seizure has become an increasingly serious issue in Vietnam today, as the Party feels no remorse for taking land from the people to further enrich themselves.  In the countryside, they capture the lands of the farmers to establish new plants and factories, polluting the waters and destroying their livelihood.  In the cities, confiscate houses and homes in efforts to carry out new construction projects, even if it means leaving the residents homeless.

The incident with Pham Thanh Son this week is just one example of many discontented citizens under the Communist regime today.  Only days ago, a small gathering of about 500 people came together to protest the Vietnamese Communist Party and their corruption.  Amazingly enough, these citizens have no idea about what’s happening in the Middle East and North Africa right now because government has censored the news so heavily.

Even with all this censorship, the people in Vietnam can still see that there is something wrong with their government.  If only they knew what was happening all around the Middle East right now, they will surely have the fire to invoke their own Jasmine Revolution in Vietnam.  The Vietnamese people are waiting for a change, the only thing they need now is the information.  The government knows this, which is why they’re censoring the internet with such extreme vigour.  The clock is ticking though, the change will come.

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Poverty In Vietnam Today and How the Communists Lied

Posted in Economics, Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Ian Pham

This is probably one of the most obvious observation about the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, since I’ve been making numerous references to these problems through many of my posts.  However, I will put it all out here and go into deeper detail about how the Communists lied to the Vietnamese people and why the Communist ideology is no better than what you flush down the toilet every morning.

What did the Communists promise to the people?  Happiness, utopia, a worker’s paradise, that’s what.  Well, let’s just look at what life in Vietnam is like, just to be sure if they’ve followed through on any of their promises.  One of the key points in Marxist doctrine is the redistribution of wealth and common ownership among the population.  I’m not saying that’s the smartest idea, though that was what the people believed in.

According to Thanh Nien Daily, 38% of people in Hanoi and 59% in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) are not covered by Vietnam’s social security system.  27% of young people have not completed high school education, and many teenaged people are not even enrolled in school.  The average income per month for a Hanoi resident is about $119 US, while residents in Saigon make approximately $125 US per month.

Furthermore, many families living in the countryside do not even have access to clean drinking water or adequate sanitation facilities.  Much of the rivers and lakes in the rural areas have been contaminated by pollution from big city factories and government mining projects.  The residents of these regions have no choice but to live off of this dirty water.  Needless to say, many folks from Vietnam’s rurality have gotten severely ill, even fatally ill, from drinking this contaminated water.  Many who suffer from drinking the spoiled waters are only small children.

Extreme poverty in the country, contrasted with the staggering wealth of the Vietnamese Communist Party, and one could see that the Communist ideology as a whole is truly a big pile of garbage.  There is no equality in Vietnam, there is little happiness in Vietnam, and there is definitely no worker’s paradise in Vietnam.  How can Vietnam be a worker’s paradise when the Party reaps the all the benefits, content with leaving a large part of the population without jobs or homes?

It doesn’t matter what they call themselves, Marxists-Leninists, Communists, Reformed Socialists, or even the contradictory title of Red Capitalists.  Their names do not matter, but their actions surely do.  Everything the Communists have done within the last 35 years have damaged the country in ways that may take decades to recover from.  Even if they continue to brainwash the people of Vietnam and terrorize them into believing that they’re living in a worker’s paradise, no amount of terror will ever make it come true.