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The China Myth Exposed

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Posted By: DanvilleBill, 1/26/2020 1:53:34 AM

From early in our nation’s history, America’s intellectuals have mostly looked down on their own country and yearned for it to be like someplace else–someplace more sophisticated, and more in tune with “modern” intellectual currents, whatever they might be at the moment. That is a long history, which I will skip over. In our own time, American intellectuals have claimed that Soviet Russia, Germany and Japan were harbingers of the future that the U.S. needed to imitate. In each case, the point was that we had to shed our archaic freedoms and enter the brave new world of central planning under the control–benign, of course!–of intellectuals and bureaucrats.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: coyote 1/26/2020 3:49:42 AM (No. 298366)
This attitude has probably always been around. In ancient times, Plato envisioned a benevolent dictatorship as the best government. He would have opponents do what Socrates did, kill themselves. What he refused to recognize is that there is no such thing as a benevolent dictatorship.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: MickTurn 1/26/2020 9:16:14 AM (No. 298587)
The only thing intellectuals have is a major case of Narcissism...they can't possibly be wrong because they are SOOOO Intelligent. Well I've got news for you Clowns...if you can't learn that your beliefs are nothing but Bull Schiff, you are equivalent to morons!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative 1/26/2020 10:11:28 AM (No. 298668)
FTA: "So China’s continuing poverty has now created a world-wide public health problem." That's a bit of a stretch. These people did not begin to consume scorpions, bats and/or snakes yesterday, but have for centuries, under even worse sanitary conditions. Wuhan is a city of 11 million...and it's not the biggest city you've never heard of. China is full of them. It has 100+ cities of one million...a dozen over 10 million. Of those 11 million, fewer than1000 have contracted this "flu", at the epicenter of contagion. That "flu" will doubtless spread, but not as quickly as the hysteria created by Western media and pundits has.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 1/26/2020 10:23:01 AM (No. 298680)
Excellent commentary. China has always been a rolling disaster. They "developed" many technological breakthroughs in the ancient world before Europe did, but in their hopelessly ineffective, viciously violent, stinking disaster of a "culture", techno advances were used briefly to entertain an emperor, and then shelved or forgotten, never used for general advancement of the state of the society, and the ordinary people. Today much of China is still medieval or just slightly above. This is why millions show up in relatively modern cities each year, arriving out of the 1400s or perhaps 1600s, and why the Chinese government's most important national product is JOBS, to keep these hordes from overthrowing the vicious, corrupt and incompetent government.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: FLCracker 1/26/2020 11:45:08 AM (No. 298773)
#3, but they haven't had access to air travel until recently. Lots of plagues and epidemics in China's history, they just, mostly, stayed at home. Also, they've probably built up some immunities to eating bats and snakes. (BTW, "omnivore" equals "scavenger." There, but the grace of democracy go us.)
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