Well I read a rather intersting article yesterday right here entitled “Why China is the REAL master of the universe.” The article is from a British paper, but it applies equally to the United States. The author recalls the days of Britain’s global dominance and compares that to the state of the world today, when Chinese paramilitary forces run through London protecting the Olympic torch from British protestors. Read:
It [China’s Olympic torch security] was a brazen display of how confident China has become of its new place in the world, just as the British Government’s failure to take a firm stand on Chinese abuses of human rights shows how craven we have become.
The dire warnings from the International Monetary Fund this week that the West now faces the largest financial shock since the Great Depression, while the Asian economies are still powering ahead, simply underlines our vulnerability in this new world order. The desperately weakened American dollar appears to be on the verge of losing its global dominance, in the same way as sterling lost it a lifetime ago.
Take a big gulp and let me boil it down for you – kiss American dominance goodbye. Kids attending American schools today will live their adult lives in the shadows of India and China. Are YOU ready for the steady decline? Are YOU ready to re-define your “needs”? Got the Nintendo Wii? Got a sweet flat panel television? Got a big SUV? Got, got, got? Get used to NOT getting. It’s the wave of the future as the economic goliaths India and China start consuming MORE, polluting MORE, living the American lifestyle MORE – with THEIR population levels. China alone has twice the population of the U.S. and the E.U. combined! Holy coconuts! We’re all gonna die.
We have long heard about the benefits this brings, in terms of plentiful cheap goods from toys to TVs, and huge opportunities for Western companies to sell their wares in these booming markets. But there are also downsides, which are becoming more apparent. Unskilled workers in the West have become unsettled by the threat to their jobs as production moves East.
The most vulnerable Western workers have found their wages stagnate as they struggle to compete in an increasingly global market place. And competition for raw materials is pitting East against West. The economic explosion of China, and to a lesser extent India, has given them an almost overpowering hunger for raw materials with which to build their factories, homes and cars.
Do you think the consumptive increases in these nations is sustainable? Negative. Something will give – we’ll all give, give our money, our jobs, and more. The world can’t sustain the course it’s on. If we don’t get smacked with some crazy human-to-human avian flu (or worse), shit will finally, really hit the fan because of the rising global population.
More than this, Chinese companies are now snatching up foreign companies, and the Chinese companies and people are expanding, Expanding, EXPANDING their global reach:
While the Congo in central Africa was once over-run by Belgians, it is now the Chinese that can be found wondering around its mining belts. In Lubumbashi, the capital of the Congo’s copper-rich region Katanga, the Economist reported “a sudden Chinese invasion”. Troubled Angola recently shunned Western financial aid because of the amount of Chinese money pouring into it, in return for commodities. From Kazakhstan to Indonesia to Latin America, Chinese firms are gobbling up oil, gas, coal and metals. Canadian authorities were recently alarmed to find the Chinese interested in exploring the Arctic Ocean, in a bid to get a share of the minerals beneath the thawing icecap. In eastern Siberia, Russians worry that China is by default taking over their empty land. The West has long seen Africa as its backyard, but Western diplomats now worry that not just Africa, but South America, too, is being lost to China.
On and on it goes. They are coming . . . they are coming. OK, it’ll be a while, but.
– Ranger Man
BTW: Here is an article on the gun control debate one year after the Va Tech incident.
Also, my mother sent along this video link from the American Civil Liberties Union. It shows you what ordering pizza will be like in 2010.
Last but not least, some Long Island dude just got arrested for setting a mean ass booby trap to protect against squatters. Check it here.