We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Last year, my wife and I spent three highly enjoyable weeks vacationing in China. From Beijing to Hong Kong, signs of a flourishing middle class as well as great wealth were everywhere: nice clothes, fancy cars, tall buildings, expensive cameras, a leisure class with enough money to take vacations... Enormous fortunes being made by some, as the Chinese fervently embrace "trickle down" capitalism, but that's not to say poverty is anywhere close to being eradicated in this Communist nation. Street beggars, disfigured and neglected cripples and amputees, dilapidated housing next to posh hotels and skyscrapers were everywhere to be seen. None of that would be tolerated these days under the soft capitalism in the US, whose current Supreme Leader issues calls to "distribute the wealth." For the Chinese, it seems the pros of nearly unbridled capitalism far outweigh the cons. There are some worrying signs that the economic bubble in China may be ready to burst. I hope that does not happen; I truly wish them well. It would be an enormous tragedy if the benefits of capitalism for the growing middle class in China were badly tarnished by an entirely avoidable economic collapse.
I don't think Nixon deserves historical credit for "opening China," if that's what you mean. In his early rabid anti-Communist phase, he did much to keep that nation closed. Nixon was against China before he was for it.
I don't think Nixon deserves historical credit for "opening China," if that's what you mean.In his early rabid anti-Communist phase, he did much to keep that nation closed. Nixon was against China before he was for it.
Mao did a pretty good job of closing China, such as its getting involved in the Korean War. Not to mention the Red Guards and the Great Leap Forward. Thirty to fifty million dead from that. Yup, that was an example of a fearless leader who REALLY WANTED to open his country to the world. Look up what Mao did to the poor souls who took Mao at his word from his "let a Hundred Flowers Bloom" campaign and spoke freely.
Hard to blame the above examples of Mao-madness on Tricky. Considering the above, it is absurd to call anyone who objected to what Mao had done as a rabid anti-Communist. Yup anyone who objects to 30-50 million dying in the famine created by the Great Leap Forward is RABID. Yeah, right.
Also look up what Mao said about the prospect of nuclear war.
By 1971, Mao's power was considerably diminished, the result of the disastrous results of his many campaigns. There is no way that Mao would have opened China in any way when he was at the height of his power.
We should never forget that USA has since WWII actively promoted the rest of the world, actively promoted markets and prosperity, and by golly got what we asked for, by and large, albeit with tertiary (and possibly merely temporary) difficulties. Hey, when you were starving here or in China in the 1930s or 1950s, and then got rich, and then screwed up some but still know how you did it and still have most of your tools, that's progress the way nature does it --via trial and error, and with death and dissolution barking at the heels, keeping yo feets movin'.
I recall, long ago, a teacher telling us that the U.S. accounted for 50% of the global economy. It must have been shortly after WWII (the Big One).
Until the 1970s, the U.S. was in the anomalous position of having the only intact, modern economy.
Germany, Japan, China—they are no economic fools. They know how to produce products.
So the current competitive climate is more normal than that in which Americans have lived over the past 40+ years.