China’s small state

FACT: Government spending in China amounts to 20.8% of GDP, a little over half what it is the United States.

The Chinese state also employs a small and shrinking proportion of China’s workforce.

While these figures are about what you would expect from an East Asian nation at China’s level of economic development, they do rather undercut the idea of the Chinese state as a communist monolith.

The fact that actual dictatorships often have pretty minimal expenditures on social security – see also Chile – does remind us how ridiculous are those American Conservatives who paint social programs as a menace to democracy.

Hat tip: Nightwaves