Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Jackboots in China, 2006 edition, chapter 337

Just a toss-off... "the government wants our land, what can we do?"

Not much, unless you want their thugs beating your teenage daughters to death...

Lots of folks are terrified that China is going to wind up as a behemoth in world affairs, but the downside is already apparent. A regime that doesn't even blink at brutalizing its own citizens is a regime that will never taste any of the actual benefits of modern capitalism... at best, a sort of second-rate mercantilism is all they'll ever manage. This is because the former is a system built upon a culture of trust and the rule of law, whereas all the latter needs is people to obey rules.

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