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.
And when our friends the Chinese really are set free from the socialist and political straitjackets, watch out! When the people of China reach material well-being and productivity, they will have the largest economy in the world. To which I say: Great! A neighborhood of peace and prosperity is good for all residents.
Bird Dog: Those are not photos of a communist country.
Nor are they photos of a democracy whose rulers wish only the best for the US. They are definitely photos of a country that has amazingly transformed itself in the last 30 years.
Whether that transformation is ultimately to our harm or benefit, time will tell.
Phil: For those worried about China, let us first start by cleaning our own house.
Little late here but: the Chinese have about as many people in cities as we have in all the USA.
As for the pix they didn't publish: those are the ones I was looking for. The scenes in my head from my brief visit to Guandong province. The old ladies seeping chickens in boiling hot water, removing the feathers, on the sidewalk, downtown. The fish restaraunts with tonight's dinner in the front window. The smells, a father and his 3 kids and wife on a single scooter. (yes plenty of people have more than 1 kid). Scooter transpo of bulk freight. Two Dahmer sized blue barrels slung across a scooter filled to the brim with shrimp and ice. The beehive traffic non stop whirlwind. The grinding city of only a mere million or two that ground on into the wee hours.
Give me a pile of cash and a visa and I'll see you country folk on the other side. City boy liked the action.