Sunday, January 29, 2006

China

China's pursuit of economic, military, and cultural parity with the United States is becoming a concern for the Western world for a variety of reasons. I've had a shocking revelation in the past couple of months: the future might be Asian.

Think about that for a second. I was reading a book on the developments of (specifically) China and other Asian countries and came across some statistics that are both distressing and amazing.
1. In the next 15 years, 300 million Chinese will walk off of their farms and move into the cities. To accomodate the influx of people, China must build an infrastructure the size of Houston everyday.
2. Every year, 27 million people are added to the work force.
3. China has established a complex roads system and will have developed it in 1/4 the time that the US did.
4. More people speak English as a second language in China than people speak english as a first language in the US
5. China is making every effort to secure resources thoughout the world to ensure their dominance in the Eastern Hemisphere.
6. 20 years ago there were only ten cities in China with a million people or more. Now there are 300 cities with a million people or more.

Does this sound daunting to you? I have several concerns. How does the US export freedom and democracy when the new superpower in the East does the exact opposite? China does not share the same values as America and will likely do its best to intervene in the US goal to have the globe participate in our charitably designed dominance. China is also an aethieist nation. How do you reason with a nation that was not founded on the notion of God? Not to say that the US is perfect in that respect and there is a lot of hypocracy, but in what way will China establish a moral base? I am no Saint. I have done things in my life for my country that would make you shake in your boots, but that is not the point. China's people are morally bankrupt. They do not value the enlightenment that we do over here and will likely exert their inhuman state goals throughout the East. And power spreads.

Think of how communism affected North America. There were (and still are - institutionalized) large pockets within society that were highly influenced by socialism/communism and created huge issues for capitalist governments - throughout the western world, in fact. Canada is still a socialist state (thankfully to a lesser degree now than after WWII) and the US is still dismantling the horrible social welfare programs created by bleeding heart Democrats. Since the revolution in Russia in 1917, the world has been turned topsy-turvy by the notion that people should be governed and taken care of by a large state.

China is just that. A cold, collective communist state that controls thought and social life. They are developing a vampiric shadow of the US. The Chinese have realized that democray is bad for the economy and are constructing a state so powerful that no one will be able to compete. It seems unfair to me that a state could be so unfair in its creation to the degree that it does not allow for the rest of the world to participate. Maybe I'm a little paranoid. But we'll wait and see.

And so back to it - the future might be Asian. Do you think that the British once imagined that the world would be American? Of course not. Everyone in the world drinks coca cola, wears a baseball cap, and knows the latest styles in American pop culture. Everyone wishes to have the wealth of America. Everyone wants to own a big SUV, have a house in the suburbs, and smoke cigars in the backyard over the BBQ. Think, though, of what will happen.

People will listen to that God-awful Asian music, follow their ridiculous styles, and celebrate Chinese New Years. Everyone will know that this is the year of the dog. Every movie will have actors swinging wildly from cables wielding swords and bizarre costumes. My point is (all jest aside), great economic wealth will mean great cultural influence. But do we want our youth worshipping China as global youth worship the US? We must be wary of the Asian growth and know that freedom and democracy are fleeting.

9 Comments:

Anonymous J's Girlfriend said...

Hi Arthur, you don't make revelations (usually), you have them... It's a good point, though.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Arthur said...

Thank you for correcting my Engrish...

10:42 PM  
Blogger utenzi said...

I find it daunting to see how many anti-USA blogs there are. I just don't understand that point of view. This country is without a doubt the strongest and most vibrant on Earth. Why do you doubt this and think China has the answers, Arthur?

3:49 PM  
Blogger ming said...

capitalism.

americans started it.

now china is doing it.

but doing it better.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

Utenzi...WHAT? A) Did you read the post? B) Are you stupid? C) This blog is anything but anti-American.

Very odd.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Wally Banners said...

I just saw a great show on marden morvels on chinas 3 gorges dam. Was excellent. What I love and admire most of china is how much they love thier people. we all could learn from that.

11:17 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

Love their people? Are you insane? Is that why they kill them all the time? Suicide in jail - they shoot themselves in the back of the head with rifles...

You are not with it. Get some education you dimwit.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Calvin aka Yamada Shun 山田駿 said...

Dont you think u're abit OVERLY PARANOID?

You claim to write in the name of Americans. I can't see anything that make any sense. Moreover, its sound rather anti-world.

Lunar New Year is not only celebrated by Chinese. Its celebrated by Indonesian Muslims, Koreans, Japanese etc.

If America want respect, respect others first.

3:41 AM  
Blogger Mikes Kenyere Egyesület said...

This is a great storry, congratulations!
I know why you hate the demokrates, because we hate the oprressioners.

Please have a look at our site, please make your commnet there, say, your oppinion, how about that we live in a colony in Romania, we fighting for a teritory autonomia, but we could'nt obtining it?
Please, don't be angree for the misstakes.
Good luck!

10:13 PM  

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