Wednesday, January 11, 2006


The China Model, Again

Over at Common Dreams, Professor Robert Reich seems, like Arianna Huffington, to have missed the point when comparing China and the US. Reich similarly points out how authoritarian China is, how its gap between rich and poor is widening, how it has no democracy, and how there is no freedom of speech or freedom of the press. He means to say, of course, that the US does have these.

Well, it still does more than China. But as I pointed out before, Bush and his neocon operators have been busy implementing the “China Model” in the US. Freedom of speech has gone downhill considerably, the secret police listen to and read every word we utter or write, Americans can be arrested on the flimsiest of pretenses, the US for all practical purposes has a single political party that rules the nation with an iron hand, elections are sham, and with each passing day the mainstream media look increasingly like party organs. And now, as observed in the previous post, it can be illegal to “annoy” another person with an email message or blog posting.

Surely Professor Reich hasn’t missed these and other changes. Surely he can see how the US is becoming more like China every day. Yet he and Huffington appear to miss the obvious implementation of the China Model in the US.

One other thing: Reich claims that democracy needs capitalism because “capitalism decentralizes economic power.” Excuse me? Take a look at what is touted to be the world’s representative capitalist democracy, the US, and you will see the gross inaccuracy of that statement. Capitalism on the contrary has done a bang-up job of concentrating most of the wealth and economic power in the hands of a few elites who exploit the rest of us, and the situation is only getting worse. I’ll leave it for others to guess why Professor Reich shills for a system that has concentrated unprecedented wealth in the hands of a few while impoverishing millions, but the proof of his statement’s untruth is right in front of our eyes every day.

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