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.
I have no problem with China (or any other developing country) catching up with us economically. My worry is that they'll do it while maintaining their ideology and authoritarian government (or worse, get other countries to buy into it as a model).
My wife is Korean, and South Korea is the poster child for how to develop quickly and without huge disparities among the populace. They key is, about halfway along, they became a democracy (a wild one at that).
I thought the presentation was wonderful, but I have a single criticism. He didn't address the fact that statistical data is inaccurate or fraudulent in many (particularly authoritarian) developing countries. Example: There is no way Cuba's infant mortality rate is as low as the published number.