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Forum Post: Another Socialist European country in financial trouble

Posted 10 years ago on April 23, 2012, 1:36 p.m. EST by Pequod (17)
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The Dutch economy is in trouble, its debt is growing and its economy shrinking.

Question is why are these Socialst countries failing?



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[-] 6 points by jph (2652) 10 years ago

They are being plundered by the banksters, same as everywhere. Why is america falling so fast? Is capitalism to blame? Your lack of applied logic is tragic.

[-] -2 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

No, they're hitting the limits of borrowed money. They're like drunks, angry that the bartender is finally starting to cut some of them off.

[-] -2 points by chatman (-478) 10 years ago

we don't have capitalism in the U.S. when the government is intervening like mad - we have a mixed economy leaning toward the euro model more every day as we go down the drain.

[-] 2 points by jph (2652) 10 years ago

We have the free-est most deregulate markets the world has, and will ever, see and this is the root of the problem. You think the pro-corporate health care, has anything to do with euro socialism?


[+] -4 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Banksters? Huh? They're being plundered by their pandering welfare states that for decades have attempted to protect everyone from everything. Borrowing money as a solution is simply running its course, that's all. People like you are just peeved because lenders, like bartenders with a drunk on their hands, won't simply lend forever.

[-] 2 points by jph (2652) 10 years ago

Oh goody, another right-wing drone with zero (0) karma, telling me what I feel. Do they teach you guys to project all your own thoughts on everyone you see? Why not try understand the opinions of others instead of your pathetic projections of fear and hate. Borrowing more money from for-profit corporate banks is not at all useful,. I do not know why you would think that is what anyone wants. The national debts are stolen money the banksters take it, and then force the people to pay it back over and over.

[-] -3 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

"Bankster", says it all. That's not an opinion, that's propaganda. Another occutard.

[-] 1 points by jph (2652) 10 years ago

bankster (noun) - any of the forces of "Wall Street", or to those persons in the financial services industry who grow rich despite the continued impoverishment of those who depend on their services, and despite their apparent inability to succeed in business without constant government assistance.

"The banksters crashed the economy, but thanks to generous federal bailouts, they won't have to sacrifice their fat bonuses."

Now down to (-7) karma! Way to go, you prove yourself a dipsht.

[-] -1 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Badge of honor among the occutards.

Bankster is pure propaganda of the blamer-class.

[-] 1 points by jph (2652) 10 years ago

so you have no defense of the bankers and wall street gangsters? You think just repeating 'occutard', 'occutard', 'occutard', over and over has some effect?? You go girl!

You see, we use terms that have actual meaning in the real world. This is factual, when you are a banker that operates as a criminal gangster, you earn a title that describes your actions. Notice; it is actions that are replied to, not simple minded name calling as you engage in. Thanks for playing. Epic fail.


[-] 5 points by GypsyKing (8708) 10 years ago

Because of unregulated banks! How fucking stupid do you think we are?!!

[-] 1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

In the articles I have read, the Dutch bankers had nothing to do with it. They are a staid, ultra safe sort of banker.

[-] 1 points by chell10 (4) 10 years ago

Don't read mainstream articles..talk to someone who actually lives in a mixed economy. But that is hard to do here on the internet:)

And in reference to Reneye's comment..try sources that call for economic 'pluralism'. Such as: PAECON. Put that in your search engine and read it.

[-] 0 points by Reneye (118) 10 years ago

Thanks Mr. April 24th ;) PEACON meets the engine.

[-] 0 points by GypsyKing (8708) 10 years ago

The whole European Union has been plundered by those international banksters, the effects are universal.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23620) 10 years ago

The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy with an open economy. It is not socialist. It's official name is "The Kingdom of the Netherlands." Somehow I don't think a bunch of socialists would go for that.

[-] 6 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

"Socialist" to some atrophied hearts and sclerotic brains in The U$A, darkly equates to : Free at the point of use Universal Healthcare ; Good social provision of Education ; Welfare for the sick, disabled and unemployed ; An Old Age Free of Want ; A Minimum Wage - but this is considered so outrageous, frightening and undesirable to The Randian Psychopaths and (Pseudo)Free-Market Fanatics with their "atrophied hearts and sclerotic brains" as to generate forum-posts just like this one !

You are completely correct in your clear and concise comment and the problem in The Netherlands is there aren't enough Socialists telling THE BA$TARD BAN£$TER$ to F**k Right Off !!

I'm a human-person living in a "society" ; I accept, admire and embrace the precepts of 'socialism and democracy' and I have suspicion and disdain for avowed 'antisocial-ists' ------ QED !!!

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (8708) 10 years ago

Damn shadz, you just don't know what 50 years and 500 billion dollars of propoganda will do to people! In the end they can't figure out how to tie their own shoes!

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23620) 10 years ago

Very well put !

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Thanx for giving me the opportunity to vent !

A good pointer for the interested (& a certain Reneye will be ahead of us all in this respect) is the connection of The Dutch Royal Family to - The Bilderberg Group :


e tenebris, lux ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23620) 10 years ago

Gee. Doesn't sound very socialist, in fact, quite the opposite!

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Nope. Bankers, Corporatists, Kleptocrats, Plutocrats, Oligarchs and Monarchs - ONLY !!! Hmmmm ....

caveat ...

[-] 2 points by Reneye (118) 10 years ago

Peek-a-boo! Ahhhhh.....beautiful light....sweet elusive light. O, how I hope the light shines through the eyelids of the sleeping masses before too long.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Ditto 2U2 & they'd better wake up pronto or else the light at the end the tunnel will be those of an oncoming runaway train called The Corporate Fascist Express !!!

verum ex absurdo ...

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

If they watched FrontLine tonight they should have gotten a dose.

[-] 0 points by Reneye (118) 10 years ago

Whew......that's encouraging! Some days it can seem like you're beating your head against the wall!! Well that's just great news. Thanks!!

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

No prob - if you have not seen it it replays tomorrow night on PBS and the final episode of the documentary is on next week.

[-] 1 points by Reneye (118) 10 years ago

Great! I had meant to watch it, but got pulled away. I'll watch it tomorrow. Thanks!

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

Anytime - it is worth the time. Really good 1st episode.

[-] -3 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Yes, tell them to "fuck off". Make them extend even more loans. LOL.

Better yet, tell them to fuck off and BALANCE YOUR BOOKS. And if you can do that without causing an exodus of those that are capable of paying the bills and simply making it all much worse, God bless you.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Yep & "F**k Their Loans" Too ! Balance Whose Books ?!! The Ban£$ter$ ?!!! LOL.

The Dutch - who have a strong modern economy ; highly literate population ; excellent social services and welfare provision - should give serious and deep consideration to Nationalising their Central Bank ; Regaining Democratic Control Of The Issuance Of Their Currency ; Release their country and its population from Generational Debt-Bondage and run their society for the benefit of all not just their Bankers, Oligarchs and 0.01% Quislings - just like The Greeks should have done !!

The 'collective imaginary' of heavily propagandised Western (& Eastern) Populations in The USA and beyond needs to be awoken from its anaesthetised slumber ... and slowly but surely it is happening !

damnant quod non intelligunt ...

[-] -3 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Yeah, banksters are bad, not politicians that pander and borrow.

Controlling your own currency doesn't solve the borrowing problem. It just provides a printing press. So, go ahead, print currency hand it out and expect people to be dumb enough not to understand its falling value. Nothing is free, no matter how liberalism does try. Your printing press only creates inflation. Consequences are inescapable, sorry.

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Your reply is redolent of deep pre-programming and very revealing. You seem utterly wedded to the present socio-economic status quo and almost functionally incapable of widening your view.

I did NOT suggest "printing money" ; I said :

  • "The Dutch - who have a strong modern economy ; highly literate population ; excellent social services and welfare provision - should give serious and deep consideration to Nationalising their Central Bank ; Regaining Democratic Control Of The Issuance Of Their Currency ; Release their country and its population from Generational Debt-Bondage and run their society for the benefit of all Not Just their Bankers, Oligarchs & 0.01% Quislings, just as The Greeks should have done !!"

You do at least accept the fact that there is a "borrowing problem" and that is a start. You need to go back to basics on the matter of 'The Theory of Money" and ask :

  • Where does all this "money" stuff come from ?

  • Who issues & decides how much of it there is ?

  • Why & 'From Who' Sovereign Nation States should have to "borrow" at all ?

  • What part does 'Geometrically Expanding Compound Interest Bearing Debt' have to play in the subjugation of entire populations with Generational Debt Bondage ?

I really think that you will gain from later cogitation after the quite reflection of :

IF after refection of the above you still believe that there is nothing that needs fundamentally changing in 'Modern High-Finance Kaputalism' then not only are you unable and unwilling to imagine new and better ways to order our affairs BUT you do not want others to contemplate a brighter future either !!! That would make you a "Dog in the Manger" !! Thus temet nosce !

per aspera ad astra ...

[-] -3 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

The welfare states are just pissed that borrowing has a limit. They'd love to more directly control the decisions about how much money there is, that's how they'll be paying the bills when they can no longer borrow. So, they're in a box, borrow more (awaiting the day of crisis when they're cut off), control their own money-which is just short-hand for wanting to print it and create inflation, or take it and risk driving away the people in the cross-hairs. Or there's reform.

[-] 3 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

The European "welfare states" have been successfully functioning for over 60 years since WW II. Furthermore, "Control of Money" =/= Printing & Borrow ?! Thus, again :

  • Where does all this "money" stuff come from ?

  • Who issues & decides how much of it there is ?

  • Why & 'From Who' Sovereign Nation States should have to "borrow" at all ?

  • What part does 'Geometrically Expanding Compound Interest Bearing Debt' have to play in the subjugation of entire populations with Generational Debt Bondage ?

You can parrot 'Received Wisdom Shibboleths' all you like - but it still won't make them true !!

Reactionary "Dog in the Manger" it is then !!!

nosce te ipsum ...

[-] -2 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

The housing bubble and a leveraging of households went on happily for a long time too. But leverage has limits and crisis emerges when the realization of default quickly becomes apparent. Great, you're mad because someone other than the spender "controls" money. Fine, now you control it. Print away and use it to pay your bills after the lenders cut you off. That's inflation. So, the consequences are inescapable.

There's just no way out of consequences now that debt is so high. Parties eventually have to end. They can all default and blow up the banking system. Ahh, bad banksters. But those banks lend so dry that up and not all debt is held by evil "banksters". Check your pension fund or mutual funds. Check how many retirees own government bonds. Opps, didn't think of that. LOL.

They can control their own currencies. But that blows away the benefits of the common currency zone for trade and efficiency. It also just allows reckless borrowers to try reckless printing as another stop on the way to eventual reckoning.

They can try to take it. But those being heisted might not stick around to get heisted. If you were sitting on a lifetime of savings, wouldn't you move it out of the country if you saw that coming? I would. Many others would too. So, even take it has problems.

That leaves the sobering need to reform.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Your idea of "reform" seems to be : Supine Acceptance and More Austerities for the 99% & other Bankster Mantras & you do not seem to wish to consider any wrong or need to reform from The Banksters. Thus again :

Commission slicing from the dubious High Frequency Trading of 'Innovative Financial Products' like Credit Default Swaps; Collateralised Debt Obligations ; Mortgage Backed Securities and other such Derivatives - euphemisms speciously derived in order to enable the speculative buying and selling of "Compound Interest Bearing Debt" is The Immoral and Unethical 'Ponzi Scheme' root of the 2008 crash and the whole world is still living with the consequences of the astronomical amounts of mythical-matrix-money, magically conjured up in 2008 & The 99% paid for it overnight then ($1.4 TRILLION by The UK alone) and Again Via Mass Austerities as governments desperately try to 'balance' their books.

Your desperate, propagandised and puppy-dog loyal defence of The Banksters is all cute 'n' all - but is absolutely wasted here.

gnothi seauton ...

[-] 0 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Banksters just outs you as a propagandist. The borrowed money is ending. It is. The flailing has begun, but the borrowing will indeed be curtailed. The only question now is the route it will take. Simply take it and watch those in the cross-hairs flee. Print it and watch inflation create an offsetting reduction in purchasing power. Default and collapse the banking system, collapse credit, and then immediately achieve fiscal balance because borrowing halts over-night. Reform the welfare state. Your "bankster" propaganda offers nothing in terms of opening another alternative.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

LOL !!! Et 'touche' n'est ce pas ? We will of course never agree but I leave you with these gifts such that you may get further insight into some of the matters to which I allude to above :

I'm not sure that you have the 'where with all' to honestly consider "opening another alternative" but ...

dum spiro, spero !!

[-] 0 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Insight, LOL. It's going to get ugly. Freebie withdrawal symptoms are already underway. Borrowing money is hitting the wall. It's best to start planning. If you're in the dependent class, the free shit is going to get curtailed. If you're better off, hide what you have, government's appetite won't dim without a fight. Use the freedom that remains to move your wealth somewhere else or to put it in a form where it can't be taken.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 10 years ago

Here's some "insight" - IF you truly believe your own propaganda then rationally 'The Only Thing To Do' is buy Silver and Gold if you can afford it. That's the best investment advice you'll ever get in the next 5-10 years & I give it with the request that you give my 10% Commission on any capital gains, over to Any Charity of your choice after 5 years !!!

Finally, at the risk of your apoplectic reaction : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOAjh8UAQMs&feature !!

fiat lux et fiat iustitia !

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

You mean welfare States like Mississippi?

They would have been bankrupt years ago, if not for States with high unionization, paying for them.

[-] -2 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

No, they wouldn't be bankrupt, they'd have adjusted. But if you want to talk about bankrupt unionized states, look no further than Illinois. They're held in a reform paralysis by their government unions.

And, no, the topic is about the European welfare states tipping over, not Mississippi. Reform is coming to Europe one way of another. Borrowing money is reaching the end game.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Those unionized States paid for everything Mississippi has. Same with Alaska, Montana, Arkansas, and that's just a few.

It amazes me that they get by on welfare, and then bitch like little girls, when those productive States take an economic hit, and could use some reciprocal aid, because those States got lazy and shiftless, after sucking so hard on the union's teet for so long.....Especially odd, is that has been those States and their (R)epelican't cohorts who have led the charge against unions. How stupid is that?

They didn't adjust.......They lived on union taxes for many decades.

Those States pay worth a shit, so rely on those States that do pay a reasonable wage.

How lazy is that? If they're "way of life" is so good? Why are so unable to aid the Nation?

Lazy, or stupid?

Take your "choice".

[-] -2 points by Fleaparty4 (-12) 10 years ago

Lazy? Guess you'd have to ask a government union employee in Illinois about that one. They're now the anchor that's pulling Illinois underwater. I used to live there and am thankful now to let some other sucker pick up that tab. It's interesting to watch though. The unions have their heels dug in as that state draws closer to insolvency. I'm glad my checkbook is safely beyond the reach of the union kleptocrats. I get to watch the Titanic from a lifeboat.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

No, it was like I said. It's those lazy, conse(R)vative kleptocrat (R)epelican'ts in the welfare States like Alabama.

As I asked? If they are so good? Where are their "Christian" values?

The ones that say things like do unto others?
Where is so much as a word of thanks?

There's nothing but more anti-union BS.

LAZY! Is all they are.

[-] 2 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Its economy is in trouble because of the capitalist bankers, not the social programs. Germany is more "socialist" than Holland, and they are doing just fine, thank you very much. (So is all of Scandinavia.)

Maybe a few facts might actually make you sound like less of an ignorant ass.

[-] 2 points by nickhowdy (1104) 10 years ago

It's not the only country in trouble...The elites are trying to take over...Your ideology means nothing and will mean nothing..

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 10 years ago

Actually, it's the evil oligarchy out to rule the world. They think we the people got it too good, and so they are yanking back their finance strings..They are out to eradicate all social government in this world so they can rule like the Czars of old unabated. It's the classical epic battle between evil and the people. .

[-] 1 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 10 years ago

Adherence to the Euro, has nothing to do with socialism.

[-] 1 points by agmarcelinho (2) 10 years ago

Socialism was never actually put into prática.A Russia never lived in a socialist, but fascist and ditatorial.O China is now a capitalist country, some years hence will blow your system político.Cuba live in a socialist system, but it is choked by the United States with broqueio comercial.Lá is the best course of medicine in the world, and is gratuito.A education is free, health is gratuita.Socialismo is the democratic ideal.

Text of the ruling class ideology is imposed on the whole of society as something "natural" as something that "always was and always will be." It is a widespread idea that "working progress can be made" and that when not achieved a better standard of living, to blame the person for failure or laziness. With the restoration of capitalism in Eastern Europe, neoliberalism spread the exacerbated individualism as a means to improve their lives by denying the collective vision of class struggle and, furthermore, the socialist strategy.

This kind of ideology is supported on economic growth, which can give the illusion of social progress by providing small improvements to the lives of workers. Today, in Brazil, these positions are in the majority in the working masses. Obviously, at that time, the bosses' profits increase much, but this is not discussed. PSTU (Unified Socialist Workers-Brazil

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 10 years ago

The Dutch unemployment rate is 4.9%, with public debt at around 70% of GNP (enviable by any contemporary standard, by contrast, our public debt is in excess of 100% of GNP). So, as usual, this OP merely reflects the ignorance of conservatives, who are clueless when it comes to real data, and informed by what reduces to economic mythology.

[-] 1 points by Reneye (118) 10 years ago

Because the ruling elite globalists want them to. Duh!! Socialism can be a wonderful thing when done by sane leaders with kind hearts that actually love other human beings. The thing is, most leaders are the polar opposite of this by the time they come into real power, and what ends up happening is that our ideals of what socialism is, is far different from what their ideas of socialism are. I wish there was some way to live half way between capitalism and socialism long term and we could get rid of these terms that people have come to hate and think of a new term that incorporates the best of both. Perhaps "Socapilism".

I have yet to see where one type of "ism" was successful for any real length of time. I feel that we will find success where we can harness and use the best parts of two or three different economic systems.

[-] 1 points by TitusMoans (2451) from Boulder City, NV 10 years ago

A better question: why is our country failing?

[-] 1 points by ClearTarget (216) 10 years ago

I don't see them failing any harder than our 'glorious' American economy.

[-] 0 points by Teacher12 (-33) 10 years ago

Nothing to see here, move along, move along.

[-] -1 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

Why is our non socialist country failing? Why is communism booming?

[-] 3 points by DanielBarton (1345) 10 years ago

communism isn't booming

[-] 1 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

ohh, I thought they were doing good in china?

[-] 2 points by DanielBarton (1345) 10 years ago

no that's a almost fascist society it is very strange they don't fall into the mold of any previous object. They are also are moving more towards a more democratic society since the people are become more educated and there government is loosing power

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

According to the world bank, over the past 30 years, China has brought about 100 million people out of poverty. This is not to say that there are no problems or abuses in China, but what other country has accomplished that?

[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

It's all in how you word it, I guess. It's probably more accurate to say the American consumer (and his European cohorts, probably, to a lesser extent) has brought millions of Chinese out of poverty, but I wouldn't expect an entity like the World Bank to call things like they actually are.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

It wasn't just globalization, the Chinese also did a lot of infrastructure development, most notably, their fast train system, which connects every major city in China, as well as developments in agriculture, energy, and education.

After western economies started to collapse, China put its infrastructure development into high gear in order to create more of an internal market for its products. We in the west should do the same.

Globalization was a mixed blessing for the Chinese. They mostly got low paid sweatshop type jobs out of it. Admittedly, it was better than life in the villages though.

China would have been better off if we would have followed FDR's plan, which was to use the US war machine, developed during WWII, to manufacture high tech infrastructural machinery and provide it to third world countries on credit.

In the big cities, life in China is not so bad. I lived there for a year, teaching English, and am thinking of going back pretty soon.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

I really should stop throwing simplistic answers up here about things I know little about. ;-)

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Well, we've known each other for a while now, and as far as I'm concerned, your comments are always welcome.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

Thanks, Jim, that put a smile on my face. Well, I was already smiling, but that did make it bigger.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I guess its better than the way some people talk around here, eh?

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

Indeed! Some of our forum members are quite, uh . . . . passionate! Yeah, that's the word. Passionate.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

The "high tech infrastructural machinery" will have to be maintained locally or else it will fall apart eventually but that happened all too often. It is important to use APPROPRIATE technology instead of HIGH tech so the locals can service and maintain the machinery. On that count, the U.S. war machine will be rather useless because it has mainly targeted high-cost, low-volume equipments but the third world countries need low-cost, high-volume equipments. Maybe over time, both sides can change concomitantly by starting small and then grow together.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Some people think that the "appropriate technology" concept is a form of propaganda intended to keep developing countries from developing fully. If the US were to sell high tech to the Chinese, there is no reason why we couldn't train them to maintain the equipment.

I see you say that they could start small and grow with time. Maybe you have a point there.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

Yes, there has been a lot of animosity and distrust built up over the many decades regarding the "appropriate" level of technology. We need some true thinkers to determine what that is but I say that by and large the less-developed countries were mistaken for not using DDT to combat malaria and the U.S. was mistaken in not funding organizations that were linked to contraception and abortion. Every country has its own unique needs -- more people getting sick often is NOT what any country should aim for.

Training to maintain the equipment can be done relatively easily but the problem of providing the spare parts for the longer term can be a real problem unless the transition to higher technology is rapid enough. I envisage a virtuous cycle in which a little bit of technology increases productivity and that in turn produces the capital for upgrading the technology and so on. What is it that we want them to produce? How about a million satellite dishes a year to receive Hong Kong television satellite broadcasts?

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I think you're right about the DDT, and regarding abortion, I can understand how countries like China need it, just to ensure that they can feed the people they already have. But some people take it to an extreme there, aborting daughters, when they would prefer to have sons.

Your virtuous cycle sounds like a good idea also. I think what we want them to produce, and what they want for themselves, is just the myriad of things that are needed to move villages into the modern world.

They need stuff like bulldozers to build roads to their isolated villages. I think in particular, they need advanced machine tools to improve the quality of their manufacturing.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

Building roads to their isolated villages can cut both ways. By exposing them prematurely to competition in a modern market economy can cause shocks to their local economy and kill off indigent businesses and depopulate the villages due to the younger, more flexible, and ambitious people to chuck it all and leave. It is better that the villages are built up at moderate rates concentrating on improving their competitive skills (learning English, acquiring literary, mathematical, scientific, and modern management skills) first before starting the competition. We do not want them to "bring a knife to a gunfight" (imagine having Walmart barging in there selling stuffs really cheap) nor should we just let them languish. Something like the process of accretion of countries to euro-area can work well -- that is, no joining until the economies have become somewhat comparable. The euro-area's problem with some economically weaker states may not exist in China because China has the central government backup that the loosely coupled European states do not have.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Apparently, they think the benefit from new roads would be worth the downside, as they are building quite a few of them in remote areas:

Tibet to spend heavily on road construction http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-03/19/c_131476138.htm

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

Maybe they are for rapid deployment of government troops to suppress rebellions.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

The roads may be intended to help Tibet but intentions are just ephemeral things that are not cast in concrete. The roads could be "dual-use."

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Those roads are intended to help Tibet, not hurt it. Tibet has one of the fastest growing economies on earth these days. But partially that is due to how backwards Tibet was while under the rule of the Dalai Lama.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

It is most unfortunate that there are still so many parts of the world that discriminate against females. Modern societies tend to equalize the sexes more.

Let us start with the historical sequence such as what the ancient Romans did with water -- aquifers, aqueducts, water pipes, water treatment plants, indoor plumbing, baths, toilets, sinks, showers, bathtubs, sewage treatment plants, etc. Perhaps a solar-heated water tank with showers first.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

As adults, there is quite a bit of equality between men and women in China, at least in the cities. Maybe even more than here.

In the western areas of China, such as Tibet, there is quite a growing use of solar power. There is both a lot of small scale home based equipment, such as solar cookers, water heaters, photo voltaic based lighting and electrical systems for houses.

They are even building some solar power plants now:

Tibet's second-largest city builds leading solar power base http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-04/16/c_131530462.htm

Inland province, biggest solar energy company in Europe to build 1-GW solar power base in NW China http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2012-01/09/c_131350893.htm

[-] 0 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

You failed to mention that the Chinese pay, what, $2 per day for their infrastructure labor. We pay prevailing wage rates on all government-sponsored infrastructure improvements. An ordinary laborer makes in excess of $48 per hour working on a highway project in Ohio. I can hire decent labor all day at $11 per hour.

Public Infrastructure in our country has become so expensive to build (thanks to the unions) that it simply can't be afforded without borrowing vast sums of money from China. Do you realize that we have as much public debt per person as Greece?

The notion that an infrastructure "stimulus" will stimulate the economy is true, for the most part. But at what price? 97% of the money would go to union shops, not the average worker. And why the hell pay people 3 times the wage rate in the private sector?

I think the most effective stimulus is a direct payment to taxpayers. Of course, this does nothing in the long run other than to devalue the dollar and raise inflation.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I don't think payments to tax payers would do it. To really move ahead, a country needs advanced infrastructure, and consumer spending isn't going to produce that.

When FDR developed the Consumer Conservation Corp., it took young people, literally off the streets, put them in camps out in nature somewhere, paid for their room and board, plus a dollar a day, most of which was sent to their families. They also learned skills and discipline that were later in high demand with employers.

Maybe we need something more like that, but in today's dollars, to put people to work while rebuilding infrastructure. Maybe something more like a range between $10 and $20 per hour.

[-] 0 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

You and I both know the value of the experience of living in a foreign country. You learn a lot when taken out of your comfort zone.

I dislike virtually all government programs, but I agree that the CCC yielded benefits far above the cost. And I love your idea. You could have a million kids learn the construction business.

The only problem is that the unions would go berserk. Madison, WI would be burned to the ground.

My hippie uncle was in the Peace Corps during the early 70s- says it was the greatest experience of his life.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Yes, I can't say I've gotten rich teaching in third world countries, but the experience is so meaningful that I've started feeling I don't want to do anything else. I am a hippie uncle. Actually, I'm not a hippie, but an uncle, yes.

Considering the extreme nature of our situation, hopefully we could get the unions to be flexible on a crash program like the CCC.

By the way, projects like NAWAPA would require many more than just a million young people:


[-] -1 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Unions are not in the business of being flexible. They are in the business of extorting the highest wage possible. Go to a union rally sometime; not exactly a bunch of free-thinkers.

You haven't gotten rich because you don't work in the public school system. I have teacher friends in their 40s making $90,000 per year. You can buy a decent house here in Ohio for 90k! Some of them will collect more in retirement benefits than they were paid in salary.

I'd love to figure out a way to take all the at-risk urban youth and teach them trades. The Germans seem to have a great system.

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Excuse me? Mr. Ohio?

You don't know jack shit about unions.

You should stop now.

[-] -1 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Please tell me about the unions.

[-] -2 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

OK, I'll stop now. You are correct about everything.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

See that you do.

Your check will likely never clear.

You should stick to the numbers game.

[-] -2 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Stop what now? Expressing my opinion? Please enlighten me as to the teachers unions. Failing levies are a powerful indictment.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

You're expressing an opinion not bases in fact.

Now you're claiming someones been indicted?

That's not even an opinion. That's propaganda.

So you should be nice and stop now.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

When FDR did the New Deal, he faced a lot of resistance, but he got it done.

Teaching is an important job, teachers deserve to make decent salaries. I think our society could be much more productive than it is now. If so, it wouldn't be difficult to pay decent salaries.

Putting at-risk youth to work is exactly what the New Deal did. Maybe something like what the Germans do would be good for the long term.

[-] -1 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Of course teaching is vitally important, but you can't expect taxpayers to overpay. Our public schools are awful. Cleveland Public graduates 52% of students. The taxpayers are over-paying now, that is why you see so many school levies defeated these days.

[-] 1 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

You are missing a few points. China is not Communist. There has never been a communist country in the world, only totalitarian ones falsely calling themselves communist. China today is an authoritarian state capitalist county.

Second, the World Bank says lots of thing for political purposes. Better trade relations between China and the West is chief among them. So although China did indeed bring almost a 100 million people out of poverty, the world bank does not mention the fact that it also killed or caused to die about 80 million people. China committed the largest genocide in all of human history.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I'm well aware of all the people who died in China. But consider what China had been through. First there were the opium wars with the west and then there was fascism from Japan. I think experiences such as the would be bound to drive a country a little crazy.

[-] 1 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Killing 80 million people qualifies as a bit more than a "little" crazy. Other countries have gone through hell, too, and they didn't kill millions of their own people. There really is no excuse or rationalization. Mass murder on that - or any - scale cannot be justified, only condemned.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Yes, and I think we should equally condemn the opium wars conducted by the west against China for the millions of deaths and addictions that they caused.

[-] 2 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Yes, we should, and most people do indeed condemn those opium wars. But "equally" is a whole other issue, at least in terms of sheer numbers. What's more, they ended nearly one hundred years prior to Mao's genocide of his own people.

Regardless, the issue is that looking one-sidedly at any nation is in the interest of truth, but propaganda. China has accomplished a great deal. It has also committed among the worst atrocities in all of human history. People are coming out of poverty, but the human rights record continues to be abysmal. Employment is getting better, but workers are still treated worse than expendable cattle.

They are hardly a nation to be held up as an unblemished example to the world.

And there is NO justification, despite Chinese state sponsored propaganda, for what is being done to Tibet. There is no excuse for its ongoing cultural genocide, no matter how you want to spin it.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I think a lot of the anti China propaganda that comes out of our main stream media is meant to prepare us for a future war with China, a thermo-nuclear war, which our western oligarchs want to wipe out billions of people worldwide, China, Russia, the US, all included. All previous wars and genocide would pale against this.

Many see that a war against Iran is intended to trigger a war against Russia and China, unless these countries submit to the continued wars of the US against Asian and African nations. Also required would be that Russia and China submit their populations to the economic crisis and no growth policies which are in place here in the western world.

Since China and Russia would refuse on both accounts, haters of these nations may well get their war, just remember, this war is intended to kill off most of the US as well.

[-] 2 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Nice job trying to change the subject to war with Russia and Iran. BUt the truth is you have your head up your ass about China. Every single human rights organization in the world, not the main stream media, has talked at length about China's cultural Genocide in Tibet. It's all hunky dory that you taught your little classes in a big city and met some oh so neat Chinese students there, but the government is a monster in terms of Tibet (and other human rights issues.) It is astonishing to me that you come here to this site professing to care about people's rights and supporting OWS, yet haven't the least compunction in supporting the deliberate destruction of an entire culture that happening right now, today, not in some 1850s opium war. And all because you made some friends. It's really disgusting.

[-] 0 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Are you really so concerned about the destruction of cultures? Then why don't you worry about the 9 million American Indians that were wiped out by the Americans. But perhaps that was a long time ago? No excuses!

If you want to make comparisons with China, realize that China is as big as Europe, North America, South America and Russia combined. Count up all the wars, genocide and atrocities that happened among these people, and it will be about the same as what happened in China.

If you want to know what a monster is, find out what the rule of the Dalai lama was like in Tibet before it was liberated by the Chinese. This is from Michael Parenti, an American professor, not the Chinese government:


Most American Tibetologists understand these truths about Tibet today, it was a feudal theocracy which still existed in the 1950s. Most Tibetans were slaves or serfs of their masters, the Tibetan nobles and high lamas. The Dalai Lama owned thousands of slaves himself, and his primary purpose today is to represent the class of Tibetan ex-slave owners.

China had to put a stop to this. What do you think the US would have done if Mexico existed as a feudal theocracy, a slave state, in the 1950s? Don't you care about the rights of the Tibetan slaves? How "disgusting".

That's right, I went to China to make friends, and I'll probably go back soon to make more friends there. If you want to make enemies of them, go ahead, and you just may get your nuclear WW3.

[-] 2 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Reply to your post below.

I am a war monger? You get that from my being opposed to genocide? And black is white and up is down.

No amount of foul language can come close to the moral corruption it opposes when used against a SUPPORTER OF ONGOING GENOCIDE. Sometimes, cursing is the most appropriate response to moral obscenity like yours.

There is UNANIMOUS agreement among NGOs and human rights observers that genocide is occurring in Tibet. Your claim that ever single one of those independent groups is an organ of Hollywood, is preposterous on its face. It is a transparent and desperate attempt the rationalize the unthinkable. It is the political equivalent to being a climate change denier. You are stupid enough to confuse your nice friends with their government. You are not only an idiot, but one that supports mass murder and the destruction of an entire culture 'cause your buddies (who have nothing to do with it) are such wonderful folks. Guess what, you morally hollow moron, I have Chinese friends, too, and they are really nice. I don't confuse them with their government, I don't use them as an excuse to justify their government's massive human rights abuses. (In fact, it is not even "their" government, since they have no say in its decisions, China having that pesky quality of being an authoritarian state)

You are a disgrace to anything remotely human.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Yes, I new you would have endless justifications for your inability to get your mind out of the gutter.

Life was never better in Tibet for Tibetan people than it is now. There is no genocide going on there. And yes I do suspect the NGOs not as organs of Hollywood, but of the CIA and the international financial oligarchy.

I've had American friends that have been to Tibet and have told me there is no genocide going on there, some of them even post videos on Youtube telling that the propaganda is all a lie.

If your type gets us all killed in a war, I wouldn't be surprised. People of such ignorance just aren't fit to survive.

[-] 1 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

Reply (last one, because you are not worth my effort) to you insanity below:

I fully understand how you can say I am not fit to survive, You make the same judgement of Tibetans and their entire culture. You are quite comfortable deciding who is fit to live or die. You justify genocide because the Tibetans now have better roads? Can't you say the Native Americans? Are they better off having had their culture and population decimated for the same reasons?

Everything is all about your friends? They understand what is going on in Tibet based on being tourists there? Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and ALL the rest of the world's rights researchers and activists are agents of the CIA? Tell, me, how to you keep you tin foil hat clean?

You really are the worst king of rationalizing idiot I have ever come across. You are a filthy hollow piece of shit. Go fuck yourself, you enabler of mass murder.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

This conversation is like the old psychological test called ink blots, you are telling me what you have inside of yourself:

"You are a filthy hollow piece of shit. Go fuck yourself, you enabler of mass murder."

If you don't believe me, go to Tibet and see for yourself that there is no genocide there and that the Tibetan people are quite happy.

Don't you think our media lies to us? How else would our economy have gotten so bad? Try not to be so gullible.

[-] 1 points by epa1nter (4650) from Rutherford, NJ 10 years ago

I can't do anything in opposition to genocide that occurred in this country 150 years and more ago. If it was happening now, YOU BET I would oppose it. Unlike you, I would not support it. You are supporting ONGOING GENOCIDE.

I don't care about your fucking assessment of the Dalai Lama's rule nor that of one single isolated professor's that you strut out like clockwork to rationalize genocide, you piece of shit.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Genocide is going to happen now if people like you keep perpetrating hatred, so there is something you can do to stop it.

Like I said, its not just Parenti who knows the truth about Tibet, most professors of Tibetan studies world wide know what the truth is. You just want to buy into the propaganda that's spooned out in Hollywood movies and books about Tibet to get us to hate China.

Like most of the Dalai Lama's supporters, you claim to be non violent, but just look at the foul language you can't prevent yourself from using "fucking assessment", "piece of shit". You're providing quite an accurate picture of the mentality of a war monger. I'm sure you have a very good justification for it though.

[-] 1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

China is capitalism with strong central control.

BTW, is they brought 100,000,000 out of poverty, that means they HAD 100,000,000 in poverty at least. Thats communism for you.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

It wasn't communism that caused the poverty, India had poverty too. It was just backwardness which was the cause of poverty.

I'm not saying that communism is a good thing, either.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

You are right. In fact, most of humanity WAS poor by today's standards. Communism in its purer form of "collective" ownership of the means of production NEVER worked in any large scale for any length of time. China ABANDONED that to achieve its economic miracle. Well, to stay in power, the Chinese Communist Party had to whitewash it as Communism with a Chinese Flavor. It has long changed into a near-fascist state as DanielBarton has stated above.

Communism had been a problem for the world because of its stirring up class warfare and confiscation of private properties. We got Ayn Rand because of Soviet Communism.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I don't know what you mean by "near-fascist". I lived in China for a year and 99% of the time, life there was pretty much the same as life here in the US. The differences were mostly in the culture.

Many Americans think of China as a bad, scary place, but develop a different opinion once they have a chance to go there.

[-] 1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

China by law forbids labor unions. That is economic fascism.

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Yes, there are definitely labor related problems there. But I believe the government is trying to improve the condition of the average person in China. Most Chinese people are happy with their government. They do grumble about issues that effect them, and there certainly are abuses, but I think its getting better.

Also, I wouldn't say that China has the military ambitions that a country like Nazi Germany had. I think the overall cultural philosophy in China is still Confucianism which is known to be against militaristic.

Than consider the military activity of the US over the past decade. It seems like we been in one conflict after another in Middle Eastern and African countries. Isn't this a kind of a "blitzkrieg" that could indeed lead us into WW3, through a confrontation with Russia and China over Syria or Iran?

[-] 0 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

can you please stay on topic. China's militaism has nothing to do with its economy.

If they are trying ti improve conditions, why not allow private industry labor unions?

[-] 2 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Militarism does indeed have much to do with the economy. Here in the west, our military industrial complex accumulates wealth at the top of society.

Regarding unions, I agree. They should have them there, here and everywhere. But our labor movement is certainly on the decline, isn't it? The Chinese government has said that they want to move to more of a high wage, high skill model of employment.

Also consider the role of global corporations in suppressing the labor movement in China.

[-] 0 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

We dont ban labor unions, geez. Public employee labor unions should be banned, but there is a rich history of solid private labor unions. Private labor unions are on the decline due to very poor union leadership.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I think the is more to the decline of private unions than poor leadership. I think there is a concerted effort by the money power against the unions.


[-] 0 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Life can be scary for people who speak out in the US as well. Many OWS protestors have been finding that out.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

My definition of fascism of a state is when it is totalitarian and acts in the interests of big businesses. China had rather strong absolute political power over its people and its lower governments catered to business interests by using "eminent domain" power to seize land for businesses.

Yes, as long as you stay APOLITICAL and censor yourself, China is pretty "free." However, as a U.S. Citizen who believes in fair play and due process, I find China very much wanting. A caged bird in a very large cage is still a caged bird (and not to mention that certain bird songs are VERBOTEN)!

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I think China took the deal that the west offered it, because it didn't have much better choice. That is, big businesses providing low wage sweatshop kinds of jobs.

I don't think I was "apolitical" while I was there. I discussed politics a lot with my students in class. One day, a student stood up and gave a long speech about how he thought Mao was a devil. This was with CCP members in class.

I think both China and the US would have been better off if we would have offered China FDR's deal, which was to offer them advanced, high tech equipment on credit. Once such equipment would have been installed in their economy, it would have paid off for both China and the US.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

It was obvious that CCP members had tacitly consented to the student's views. Most thinking people who know the truth of what Mao did would not have fought much for him posthumously. Many CCP members themselves had suffered at the hands of Mao, not to mention numerous peasants. The corpse of Mao is still in Tiananmen Square but it is just there to be a symbol to the hero-worship for the populace so the CCP can retain its Communist legitimacy. Have you tried discussing Falun Gong with your students in China? I am sure that you would have had CCP's attention then.

We do not need to offer China FDR's deal. China is doing extremely well with its state-mandated transfer of technology as a condition for partnering so Chinese companies will have majority ownership, not to mention China's stealing technology in myriad ways. It is much cheaper to steal than to buy!

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

As a matter of fact, I did make it a point to discuss Falun Gong with them. I didn't have much opinion about it myself, and was just open to what they had to say.

There are divergent opinions about Falun Gong in the west as well:

"Evidence points to a deep and very high-level operation linked, among other things, with the long-term effort by circles centered on Britain’s Prince Philip, to propagate “environmentalist” ideology into China—including Prince Philip’s personal emphasis on Buddhism and Daoism as key to organizing of anti-industrial “religious-environmentalist” movements in Asia. Implicated also are channels of influence radiating into China from the powerful Anglo-American mass-media and sports cartel, including especially the British intelligence-linked Hollinger Corporation and operations run out of Australia, as well as via Hong Kong and other present and former British Commonwealth areas.

...Li Hongzhi violently denounces modern science and technology, which he claims are responsible for destroying the morality of society.

...Li Hongzhi’s writings are primitive charlatanry, appealing mainly to the most poorly educated strata in China, especially the older, unemployed, and underemployed, who (among other things) are worried about their health.

...Hongzhi’s claim of 100 million followers in China appears wildly exaggerated, the official Chinese government press is itself emphasizing that the kind of destabilizing potential represented by Falun Gong poses a serious problem, which must be overcome by “popularization of science,” better education, and raising living standards."

From: FalunGong: Who is trying to destabilize China? by Jonathan Tennenbaum

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

China's government is fragile if it is scared by a mere religious sect. The U.S. has many of those in the schools, in the neighborhoods, and perhaps in our Congress, too, but we are NOT scared although we are sometimes exasperated by the fanaticism. China's firewall also shows that it is afraid of free speech leading to chaos. That speaks volumes. Oh, I should take "free speech" back because China probably would have wanted "subversive speech" instead, divulging "state secrets." The U.S. really needs to classify how many hamburgers and frankfurters we have eaten in the last year lest the Deutscher betrays us to China!

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I don't think the potential effect of religious sects on the government, should be minimized. Consider the following:

  • How Christian fundamentalism and Zionism effect the religious right in America, both of these actually originated from our original enemy, the British empire.
  • Our first third party in the US was the Anti Masonic party, which was concerned that a secret religion played a dangerous role in government and the legal system.
[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 10 years ago

as communication rises

free speech becomes inevitable

[-] 1 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

How do you figure that? Please explain.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

China was backwards, they didn't have the infrastructure or education of an advanced society like the US. I think this is why they were poor.

I think that it can be very difficult for countries with such an ancient culture to make changes and adapt to the modern world. Its like a law of physics - a body at rest tends to stay at rest. The more "inertia" that body has, the harder it will be to get it moving.

[-] 2 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

China is not all backwards. Some cities have much newer infrastructure than the U.S. I suspect that you were teaching in a rural area in China so we might have been talking about different groups of people regarding technology transfer.

The sheer volume of humanity that the Chinese government tries to lift out of poverty is gargantuan so I wish them the best of luck. Yes, the rural population needs more help from the Chinese government to develop. I do not really think that China's ancient culture is a material impediment to its rapid modernization because there have been similar cultures in Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan that have modernized rather quickly.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Yes, actually, I lived in Guangzhou, the major city of southern China. There was an impressive subway and light rail system there. But I was thinking of the country side as being backward. But even in the cities, there is some kind of backwardness to the people.

That's a good point about the culture, but I'm not talking about Confucianism or some official philosophy. I just mean that there are a lot of people who live in villages there who don't have much exposure to modern ideas, and that creates an inertia for the society.

If the huge mass of village people in China could be reached with a modern education, I suppose they could become a modern society in a generation.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

The Chinese government may think that modern ideas are subversive and block their dissemination lest they become destabilizing. I believe that China can and should try to achieve modernization of the village people, too, in a single generation. As for modern ideas, the mythical dragon that is China has already had the Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong, since 1997 so China can easily get the ideas from there. Hong Kong was another example of rapid modernization with a mostly Chinese culture (that I had forgotten to include in my list above).

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

I don't think the Chinese government wants to block modern ideas. They bring thousands of western teachers into China each year, who mostly operate under fairly mild supervision. When I was teaching there, the only thing that the school cared about was whether their students were happy with me and paying their money.

I think getting modern ideas is not the hard part, getting them out to those poor people in the villages is what is difficult. I know that most westerners, like myself, prefer going to the big cities to teach. The Chinese government even has to make an effort, offer special incentives and such, to get city educated Chinese people to go out to teach in the villages.

Once they're in the villages, they often have a lot of substandard materials to teach with, or even a lack of materials. Some teachers, both foreign and Chinese, pay for materials themselves. Even in the cities, some times the materials can be quite pathetic.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

Have you tried syndicated radio broadcasts to small transistor radios? What do you mean by "substandard" materials?

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

China has quite a huge teacher recruiting program, but even so, its hard for them to get enough teachers to go over there. If you are talking about people in the US developing the lessons, I don't know, maybe. Some of the bigger schools there have staff members who develop lessons. I have kind of an ambition to start a company to publish ESL lessons for foreign schools.

I'm part owner of a school in Argentina and have developed a course to take Spanish speakers from the level of no English up past the intermediate level.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

To give an example, for a one hour lesson, I was supposed to "explain the significance of what it means to "hang out" with your friends." Many of the lessons that I was given were just like this, very minor points that I could explain in about five minutes that I was asked to make last for an hour.

This was in a company that had maybe six schools in the biggest cities of China, with a full complement of corporate staff, office assistants, sales people, teachers, marketing staff, etc. With all that, it never occurred to them to improve the lessons they had been using for the past thirty years.

As a result, we teachers developed a lot of our own lessons just using ideas from the internet. Finally I got the other teachers to start saving the lessons we had improvised, so as to share them with each other.

[-] 1 points by grapes (5232) 10 years ago

It seems that the teachers can use some online support perhaps from the good old U.S.A. The U.S. should be able to scrounge up some high school or college students during the summer to create more modern teaching materials for China. It can also alleviate our youth unemployment problem and help pay for college tuitions.

[-] 1 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

I was referring to pequod post about 100 mil in poverty. But thanks for that insight =).

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

That's quite alright. Your post wasn't highlighted, but it seemed to be referring to mine.

By the way, what is The Human Society Project?

[-] 2 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

Its a work in progress. www.thehumansocietyproject.com


[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

Looks interesting, good luck with it.

[-] 0 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

I went to Costco today. People were buying stuff in droves, the parking lot was overflow. That aint failure.

[-] 2 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

No just wasting more resources then necessary as 36,000 children die a day from poverty.

[-] -1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

Thats your opinion. I dou t they care much about dying chikdren in foreign countries, nor should they. They need ti live their lives and raise their own kids.

[-] 2 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

Not a opinion. This is fact. The average American consumes far more food then necessary. Also the human race still decides to pick sides created by imaginary lines on a planet that is clearly a sphere. How can you actually pick sides on a sphere? We are all human and we are all one family. Not some crazy opinion, this is scientific fact.

[-] -1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

Everyone picks sides. You pick sides when you put up a fence. You pick sides when you lock your door. you pick sides when you marry. You pick sides when you include peop,e in your will.

You cannot deny human nature.

[-] 2 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

Human nature???? I don't believe in that stuff. I am a human nurture person. And all of the above you said I do not do. I do not pick sides in arguments either because it all has to do with expectations and those are things I do not like to have. I think a unassuming life is a good one. We should implement science into our life's and start doing what is necessary for all humans. I genuinely do not like being selfish because it is bad for human progress.

[-] -1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

You are selfish, trust me. If you lock up your bike, you are picking a side. If you count your change, you are picking a side.

[-] 2 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

I don't quite understand what you mean by picking a side.

[-] -1 points by Pequod (17) 10 years ago

You set boundaries, whether the border of a country or locking up your bike.

[-] 1 points by 4TheHumanSocietyProject (504) 10 years ago

I don't do those things anyways. I leave my motorcycle outside on the sidewalk actually. People call me crazy for that. However, I love thy neighbor and I don't really care for material objects. What I seek in life is knowledge and other then that all I need is food water and shelter. I do not set boundaries for anyone. Everyone is on a level playing field from my mom to mass murderers. It is a social arrangement that brings people to be. So I forgive them for they know not what they do.

[-] 1 points by arturo (3169) from Shanghai, Shanghai 10 years ago

We are ahead of many countries today, but we are collapsing and they are growing. If this continues, the only thing that can happen is that they will pass us by. Either that, or we'll have a world war.

[-] -2 points by Zombiefighter (-16) from Ione, CA 10 years ago

They are hardly "failing" nations. Yes, they are starting to realize that the Nanny State can't last forever and when they run out of other peoples money the party is over. However, today I did read that 150 million people in this country receive some sort of government assistance. I'd say we are pretty much already a socialist state.

[-] -3 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Let's not talk about the facts here, Pequod. These people don't care about trivial ideas like "debt" and "growth". You must be one of the 1%.

These are angry people who have a bone to pick with anyone who makes more than minimum wage. They'll blame the banks, the 1%, and Wall St for every societal ill.

To be a truly great OWSter you need to use lots and lots of crazy punctuation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you need to hurl insults at anyone who questions your opinion.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Not that I care that much, but what opinion is that?

The one where just assumed I'm angry?

the one where you ascribe someone else's blame?

I'm more interested in facts and theories, than your opinion.

Unfortunately, you don't provide much besides opinion.

[-] -1 points by MikeInOhio (13) 10 years ago

Fact #1: You are coo coo for cocoa puffs. Fact #2: You love to blame things that you don't understand. Fact #3: You use the nastiest language of anyone I have ever seen post here.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 10 years ago

Fact 1. 2. and 3. All opinion.

Care to prove it?

So now ascribe is a dirty word to you?

You poor sensitive little thing, you.