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Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton happened to be in China amid a diplomatic firestorm that occurred because dissident Chen Guangcheng took refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

By Robert Scheer

Let’s stop jacking the Chinese around. We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites. To pretend otherwise is to deny centuries of exploitative history in which the West drugged the Middle Kingdom and plundered it for its resources and cheap labor while obliterating any sign of popular resistance to our imperial sway.

From the Opium Wars to the contemplation of using nuclear weapons to bomb China back to the Stone Age because of our differences with it over Korea and Vietnam, the response of the West has been one of brute intimidation. Never have we been willing to acknowledge that China, for all of its immense contradictions, upheavals, sufferings and errant ways, represents the most complex and impressive example of national history.

Instead we intrude upon China in fitful moments of pique or treat it as a plaything. Who owns China? That was the question that marked the first period of U.S. involvement, when we joined other Western imperialists in carving up China into economic zones. And then came the bitter argument in the U.S. in the late 1940s and the ’50s about “Who lost China?” Now Americans find themselves preoccupied with how best to exploit China’s amazing economic prowess while feigning interest in the well-being of its people.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton performed the expected diplomatic dance around the latest flare-up of pretend concern, involving a blind lawyer suddenly made world-famous when he escaped from house arrest in rural China. The fact that Chen Guangcheng was targeted by Chinese authorities because of his opposition to his nation’s oppressive population control policies added the United States’ “pro-life” lobby to the army of morally subjective China watchers. Now if we can get the pro-lifers to care about the human rights of fetuses after birth, the condition of the millions of severely exploited Chinese workers who float U.S. consumption and our national debt just might stand a chance of improvement.

The overwhelming human rights issue in China is one of labor justice: the right of workers to organize into independent unions and to politically advance their claims on the nation’s new treasure, which they have done so much to generate. China has relatively few natural resources other than its people, and its survival as a nation is dependent most of all upon nurturing the well-being of its population. Fortunately that population, ever better educated and more resourceful, has turned out to be the economic salvation of the country rather than the curse that once had been almost universally predicted.

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Western multinational companies have found advantage in China’s population growth by turning many of those additional people into a labor power that now drives the world’s economy. While the courage of an activist speaking up against the forced sterilization of women is certainly to be applauded, foreigners’ deafening indifference to the working conditions of the millions who make our technologically exquisite toys is a sad commentary on the state of the international human rights movement.

The sanctuary that Chen found in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing was particularly awkward because U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Clinton were en route to China at the time for urgent meetings on cooperation over security and economic issues. Republicans will attempt to score points by claiming that Chen was pushed out of the embassy to protect the negotiations aimed at getting China to buy more of our bonds. They will be right, but who will they be kidding in suggesting that a Republican president wouldn’t have taken the same hard line in dealing with the dissident?

Ever since the Republican Richard Nixon went to Beijing to suck up to Mao Zedong, every American president has acknowledged the power of China’s rulers to sweep aside the human rights concerns of foreigners as mere political theater for the folks back home. What a great spin it is to pretend that we are the champions of universal human rights as we tweet about our great concern for the Chinese people on the very mobile devices that their exploited labor created.

We all know that the rulers of China now have the clout to mess up our economy overnight by shedding their holdings in U.S. debt. Our leaders are no more serious about human rights in China than they are about such conditions in oil-rich Saudi Arabia, for the simple reason that we need what those nations have more than they need us.

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By terry p, May 8, 2012 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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By Charles Knause, May 7 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

“The version that I believed about Nixon in China was that we would get the Chinese government hooked on the increase flow of money, and that would open up so much interdependence with us that they would be less calous about our demise.”

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And yet it has turned out the other way around.

What economic solutions do you think U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Clinton discussed with China’s finance gurus in their urgent meetings on cooperation over security and economic issues while we were distracted with a propaganda Story of a completely different subject matter dealing with China’s population control ... “Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses”???

I suspect they would like for China to privatize their Central Banking System as we, the people of the USA, were convinced in 1913 to give 12 private Banks the rights to print money and then loan that money to us to be paid back with interest. In essence that is what The 12 private Federal banks did after passing The Federal Reserve Act in that fatal year for our democracy.

I imagine Clinton and Geithner would convince China to float their currency on foreign markets like we convinced Mexico to do in the late 1970’s after which the peso dropped into a black hole. The Wall-Street Banksters made a fortune. China isn’t that gullible. They have control of their banksters. Our Banksters have control of us.

Here are two fairly short Global Research articles written by Ellen Brown about China and their Banking System:

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21700

and

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14819

Very interestingK’

tp:?)

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By Charles Knause, May 7, 2012 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

“The version that I believed about Nixon in China was
that we would get the Chinese government hooked on the
increase flow of money, and that would open up so much
interdependence with us that they would be less calous
about our demise.”

That’s pretty much my point, OzarkMichael, although I
think you put it in a clearer, more understandable way.
Thanks for your comments.

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

a bientot

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By M Henri Day, May 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

Likewise, I’m sure, dear boy….

Henri

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

Henri——ain’t that the truth, beautiful one.

—-that is all
        Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
—- thanks for adding your grace notes to the page…...rather than cluttering it
with substance.

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By americanme, May 6, 2012 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Henri, the problem is that herterochromatic claims to know EVERYTHING.

So he really DOES know nothing.

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By M Henri Day, May 6, 2012 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

Scio me nescire....

Henri

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Henri—- am perfectly willing to read your exposition of the Chinese economy and
will expect to benefit from your experience…...thank you.

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By M Henri Day, May 6, 2012 at 11:09 am Link to this comment

«Steering» the economy is one thing, «heterochromatic», being «fully in control» of it, as you intimated the Chinese government to be, another matter entirely. But given that, as I strongly suspect, you have no experience whatsoever of the country and that your Lesefrüchte are viewed through a ideological lens which utterly distorts them, you do about as well as could be expected. ???...

Henri

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By heterochromatic, May 6, 2012 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

anyone who believes that the Chinese govt doesn’t control enough of the economy
to steer it is wrong. no govt is ever fully in control of all human activity but some
are pretty damn committed to making the effort.

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By terry p, May 6, 2012 at 6:36 am Link to this comment
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By M Henri Day, May 6 at 12:50 am Link to this comment

Anyone who believes that the Chinese government is «fully in control of the [Chinese] economy» has no experience of the country….

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You could replace the words Chinese with USA in your comment and have a statement with the same element of truth in it. You may need to replace [no] with [a brain washing] in order to complete the editing.

Read “The Web of Debt” By Ellen Brown.

tp:?)

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By M Henri Day, May 6, 2012 at 1:50 am Link to this comment

Anyone who believes that the Chinese government is «fully in control of the [Chinese] economy» has no experience of the country….

Henri

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By heterochromatic, May 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment

Synonymos———One of the main reasons for the success of China is their public
owned central banking system.——-

—- good point. authoritarian governments fully in control of the economy do have
advantages over other forms of economic organization.

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By OzarkMichael, May 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

The unknown element in all of this is indeed the working class of China that has seen Mao’s “iron
ricebowl” smashed by the rising capitalist class of
new dollar billionaires and multimillionaires and the
kind of totally corrupt and venal leadership of the
Chinese Communist Party exemplified by Mr. BO and
Mdm. GU.

Is China worse off these days? The average person is financially better off now than 50 years ago, since life was very very cheap back then. But better financial prospects are not the sum of all life. Decreased social cohesion and increased environmental destruction is quite a price to pay for it. I will venture the guess that the average person is much better off.

The common person used to be a slave for the Communist state and they still are, only now they are managed much more efficiently. They are less likely to be hungry because they are more useful. That is because of the manager, the middle man(capitalist). He makes a lot of money for himself and buckets full of cash for the government.

Is the Chinese government more corrupt now? I dont know to what extent it was corrupt before, but now they have a lot more money to throw around, and that means more power, which corrupts. They have less social cohesion and that means that they are less rooted in ideals, although I suspect that the Communist ideals never did grow deep into the human soul.

The version that I believed about Nixon in China was that we would get the Chinese government hooked on the increase flow of money, and that would open up so much interdependence with us that they would be less calous about our demise.

The common person would have more freedom because of capitalism. Eventually the people would want a bigger say in the government, and the Chinese government would go along with it because they like the golden eggs that the common man is producing. In theory that would mean even less antagonism towards us.

Not to mention that it promised to break China away from the Soviets. But that is just my understanding of the situation, which, as all understandings including your own, has mythic qualities to it.

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By Synonymos, May 5, 2012 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Arouete & redteddy don’t really try to agree except in their contempt for OWS. I think they have the same bottom line goal.

Both make interesting observations, about China, it seems to me. But neither really touch the reason business is booming in China and not here.

One of the main reasons for the success of China is their public owned central banking system. We, the people, don’t own ours. Our central banking system is owned by private interests. Read “The Web of Debt” by Ellen Brown for a better understanding of why we should repeal the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 by Nationalizing what should be “OUR” 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Woodrow Wilson, who signed the act into law, lamented later that he had given our country away.

Hint: The Feds legally create money!

Question: Do you think it is more likely that the government would create money for the fair use of business and competition? OR, Do you think the Privately owned Federal Reserve Banks who basically have the legal right to print money would be fair with other business?—- Of course they would care for their own interest and not other business and especially NOT THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE! They will not even allow an audit!

As for the contempt you guys have for people protesters under the OWS banners: I think you should reconsider. People in this country have little choice but to use equipment and clothes made by slaves at these occupations. And some of the kids there are just having a blast and don’t have a clue what’s needed. I agree the right image seems blurred but we can’t very well go naked. We have to communicate in order to make the necessary changes in our society so we use the only equipment available which is made by the corporations we protest against. And most importantly we need people—all kinds of people!

Those who want change should figure out a way to help instead of arrogantly wading through comment contexts just to criticize—- it seems to me. I’m not criticizing mind you:?)

Go OWS!

tp:?)

PS: good article!

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By Rodney, May 5, 2012 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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We pay lip service to human rights. We pay real
service to cheap labor and corporations. Anywhere
where cheap labor exists anywhere in the world an
American corporation is doing business there. We can
not let go of the slave owner mentality upon which
this nation was founded. So me move our jobs to
China,India,Mexico and Latin America where we can
exploit people to the point where it becomes
legalized slavery. Now it’s time to bring what we had
allowed and become apart of overseas back home. Mitt
Romney has said that once he becomes President he
will make sure that public employees do not have
better wages and benefits than private employees. Now
we know the was not talking about his buddies at Bain
Capital or Wall Street. He was talking about the
workers of the two largest employer’s in America.
McDonald’s and WalMart.

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By James M. Martin, May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment
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Golly, guy, you really lay it out, as we sexagenarians would say, tell it like it is.  No beating around the Bush here, either.  Nixon’s points man in China was intelligent enough to foresee the obvious trade-off (you should pardon the term): your guys stay employed while our guys buy their plastics at Walmart.  It was a deal with the Devil, unless of course you do not believe in that sort of thing, but I am being metaphorical.

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By Arouete, May 4, 2012 at 1:18 am Link to this comment

redteddy: that the U.S. is on the decline is not something I have argued with and we will continue to decline as long as we are made to compete with slave labor in nations where labor (ruthlessly exploited by Capitalist naitons) has no rights and there are no environmental laws to impede corporate greed.

But you said China is “economically AND POLITICALLY” on the ascendent.  Baring another revolution is nothing POLITICALLY ascendant about China.

You apparently get your news and facts from the corporate media propagandists. I am too well-aware of the conventional wisdom as to China’s current and projected economic growth (as well as India and Brazil) as is parroted by every MBA clone I’ve ever met. But before you swallow it you really need to inform yourself better for the planet (most experts agree -citations given so please argue with the hard data and proffer facts not just parroted opinions) simply does not have sufficient resources to feed the mad machine even as it is let alone projected growth. These are facts - not opinions.

I was close friends with the investment bankers who salivated at all the cheap slave labor when Nixon opened China and all those capitalists could think of was “WOW, no labor unions, no labor laws, no environmental laws. Screw America and screw Americans.” Really. They made no attempt to hide it.

And pssst, China IS a communist nation btw - not capitalist. It is run by the one and only Chinese Communist Party. Do you actually think China could rise if it was a free-enterprise capitalist nation?  Now then, about that ocean front property in Las Vegas.

Lenin was more than right. Not only will the Communists sell the Capitalists the rope to hang themselves the rope will be stamped “Made in China and financed by Chinese credit.”

So when the Chinese claim Capitalism is working just fine for them you just don’t get the joke - it’s on you. Thus the saying in Russia today that “everything Marx said about Communism was wrong but everything he said about Capitalism was right.”  Again, it’s a lesson the Russian people have learned the hard way. 

This is freshman logic 101: vet the premise on which you base your conclusion. The unsupported conclusion you parrot is based on the false premise of unlimited growth and unlimited resources. There is simply no credible evidence to support the conclusion. Zip. Nada. , None.  Indeed, all credible evidence refutes the premise - but don’t expect the evening news to enlighten you when the truth won’t keep you in a spending mood. Where such propagandized conclusions persist against the most credible evidence that refutes it we have words for this: insanity and delusion.

China, India and Brazil are all bubble machines.  I leave you as I find you to chase bubbles and swallow slogans.

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By redteddy, May 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment

@Arouete

China is on the ascendent because they are producing more than we are in the
West. China along with India and Brazil are developing at a high rate and
building alliances with each other that has Washington in a muddle. China has
deflated their own currency in the interest of the US but they won’t do it for
long and as soon as they raise the wages of their own workers increasing their
own middle-class all of whom will buy the products that they now make the US
economy will be in more trouble than it is now.  We export material resources
like cotton to China who in turn produces real good that are shipped back to
the US.  China is not only the biggest player in their region but is also being
asked by Europe to invest in their own nations.  The human rights in China is a
matter of social evolution that the people will bring about themselves, its not
up to us whether we “care” about them or not.  China, India and Brazil all seem
to think Capitalism is working just fine! They are in the ascendent while the US
is in a slow but sure decline.

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By heterochromatic, May 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment

—-We do not care a whit now—nor have we ever cared—about their human rights
or any other aspect of their lives as long as they satiate our unbridled appetites.—
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a little more attention to the history of involvement by US citizens in China might
have resulted in a more measured, less extreme claim.

http://www.library.yale.edu/div/ChinaMissionsBibliog.pdf

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By Charles Knause, May 3, 2012 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment

I’m not so completely certain that the US needs China
more than China needs the US; however, all of Mr.
Scheer’s arguments along that line have relevance.

For China there is the need for overseas markets as
it is the world’s largest export economy. The
agreement that Nixon struck with Chairman Mao was
that increased export earnings as a result of opening up
the US market to Chinese imports world be recycled
into Treasury bonds in order to finance the debt. The
economic model for this was the so called petro-
dollar exchange market that the Saudis and the other
oil sheiks had agreed to that would recycle their
profits from crude sales to the West into treasuries
to help finance an expanding federal budget deficit
and maintain the dollar float internationally.

Nothing was more important to the US economy at this
stage of our history in the last half of the 20th
century than maintaining the greenback as the world’s
sole reserve currency. This kind of accounting
legerdermain on a global scale gave the US economy an
important and critical edge over all other nations in
the world and was a critical factor in collapsing the
Soviet Union. Not a bad days work for a fiat currency
with nothing backing it up other than the fancy paper
it was printed on and the credit rating of US T-bills.

Its a different world we live in today; however, some
of the old rules still do seem to apply but in an
entirely less effective way.

Obama’s so called “pivot to Asia” is nothing more
than another crude manifestation of “gun boat
diplomacy” being resorted to in an effort to make the
leadership of the PRC more “flexible” in regard to
their negotiating position with the USG and the US
power structure more generally.

In this the US will fail and will fail miserably.

The unknown element in all of this is indeed the
working class of China that has seen Mao’s “iron
ricebowl” smashed by the rising capitalist class of
new dollar billionaires and multimillionaires and the
kind of totally corrupt and venal leadership of the
Chinese Communist Party exemplified by Mr. BO and
Mdm. GU.

China is indeed ripe for another round of revolution.
This is the one thing that the leaders of the corrupt
CCP fear more than any kind of a military
confrontation with the US or the West.

The recent slump in Apple sales are an indication
of just how outraged many Americans were by the
corporate off-shoring of US jobs to China by Apple
and the terrible working conditions of workers at
Foxcon and elsewhere where these Apple products are
manufactured.

Such is testimony to the natural solidarity that
exist between workers everywhere today who realize
that we are all confronting the same social evil.

The financialization of the US economy and the rise
of international finance capital in search of the
cheapest source of labor power on the planet means
that workers everywhere have become engaged in
competitive bidding wars against each other in an
effort to draw internationalized investment capital
to create lower paying jobs.

This is only a virtuous cycle for the investment
class. Certainly that is one thing that Americans can
recognize today that they were not well schooled on
in the past. “History keeps a dear school and a fool
would have no other.”

The new class of capitalists in China and their
partners in the CCP are not any more secure today
than is the class of exploiters here who own and
control that unique political chimera called “the two
party system” that runs governments at all levels in
this country.

According to Marx the state is nothing but an armed
body of men and governments are nothing more than the
executive committees of the rich. That fact is
becoming more obvious all the time and as Lenin said
the revolution will not occur until even the dumbest
cook knows what goes into the stew.

That’s what’s happening today not just here but in
China as well.

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By bigchin, May 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment
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weren’t you the guy who only weeks ago told me I had no choice but to vote for the re-election of this Administration?

How do you spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e?

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By vector56, May 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

“And finally don’t worry about the Chinese because they are not
worried about you. “


redteddy; your above statement implies you know the heart and minds of the Chinese?

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By PatrickHenry, May 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

What was said about selling us the rope by which to hang us with?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_146647&v=tjBDb293nPc&src_vid=cBx__69pkpY&feature=iv

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

Ozark:

Even a stopped clock gives the right time two times a day.

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By OzarkMichael, May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment

What a great spin it is to pretend that we are the champions of universal human rights as we tweet about our great concern for the Chinese people on the very mobile devices that their exploited labor created.

It isnt often that i agree with a Truthdig article. Rarely do i put up a quote in order to agree with it, but this is one of those times.

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By faith, May 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Amigo is absolutely correct, Mr. Scheer.  You are my hero too !  Great article ,sir.

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By dr wu, May 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm Link to this comment

Sure the Chinese are a bunch of capitalist creeps;ditto the Americans. And we don’t need ipads, or nikes or the biggest military in the world or even the 1 billion Chinese. Best to remember we have the biggest military because there is evil in the world;and there is evil in the world because we have the biggest military. military/corporate/media complex. repeat 100x.

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By caped amigo, May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment

Damn. Mr. Scheer, you’re a damn valuable human being. I am proud to be a
disciple of yours.

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By Arouete, May 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

redteddy: Learn to make distinctions with a real difference. Scheer is distinguishing the Chinese government from the Chinese labor force and the Chinese people. And if you (like so many other Orwellian slogan-swallowers) really think (based on propaganda that is spoon-fed by a closed and secretive Chinese government) that China is “economically and politically on the ascendent while we are in decline” then do contact Donald Trump immediately for I am sure he has some under-water ocean-front property in Las Vegas he’d love to pawn off on you.  Barring that pick up The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg, read just the chapter on the China Bubble and at last begin to be disabused of your ignorance in that regard.

And BRAVO! Mr. Scheer! It need to be said and it’s been a long time coming. Absolutely correct. But by “we” I hope you include the phoney yuppie “Occupy” protesters packing iPhones and iPads as well as the Truthdig staff who run about in Niki shoes (not to mention the GAP apparel made in other third world nations) all of which are made by virtual slave labor in a Big Brother Big Government where labor has no rights and voice. Are all of these out protesting human rights abuses.  Does Mr. Sheer or the Truthdig staff but these products or, worse yet (where they do have a real choice)do they own stock in any of these companies?


Let’s face is, the primary reason American capitalists hated the U.S.S.R. was that they did not get to exploit that all that pre-gulag slave labor.  And when Nixon opened China the investment bankers where frothing at the mouth! Labor unions, government regulations, environmental regulations, OSHA, employment discrimination? Forget about all that. When corporations talk about getting government out of their way and making America competitive in the world market they envision an American workforce that is a mirror image of China, India and Sri Lanka and, if they don’t like it, gulags for them all. THAT is what American capitalists mean by making America competitive again.

There is a saying in Russia today that “everything Marx said about Communism was wrong but everything he said about Capitalism was is right.”  It’s a lesson the Russian people have learned the hard way’

Workers of the World Unite!

When, with all due respect, Mr. Sheer and the slave-labor clothed and equipped Truthdig staff make a call for all Americans to refuse (as much as possible) to purchase any products made by slave labor I won’t regard his own arguments ‘imitation outrage.’ Till then this phony umbrage seem about as genuine as a Bostonian protesting cotton and tobacco field slavery as they chew slave tobacco and shop for cotton dresses they really don’t need.

Words and hyperbole of propagandists don’t matter to American corporations that profit by selling us slave labor’s goods. Money is the ONLY language they understand. So why does Mr. Scheer not call for divestiture? Refuse buy stock in any company that makes its profits off slave labor? Refuse to invest in any mutual fund that does?  Do without those iPhones or that new flat screen TV you don’t REALLY need? Make the buck stop there? What’s that you say? No?  Aha! JUST as I thought. “Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese Masses”?

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By LT, May 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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“Western multinational companies have found advantage in China’s population growth by turning many of those additional people into a labor power that now drives the world’s economy…foreigners’ deafening indifference to the working conditions of the millions who make our technologically exquisite toys is a sad commentary on the state of the international human rights movement…”

China was a civilization long before the USA was even an idea. The people there will have to draw the line on how much BS they’re willing to take…just like we do over here.

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By omop, May 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer would do many a Truthdig afficionado a comparable
commentary on “our” outrage and oncern for the masses in Syria, Sudan,
Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghnistan and other nations that do not buy
up US Treasury debt.

The US has always maitained a selective concern in foreign affairs.

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By redteddy, May 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment

Scheer shouldn’t worry about the Chinese, their nation is economically and
politically on the ascendent while we are in decline.  The author shouldn’t worry
about the Chinese, they become fiercely immovable when pressured and
confronted.  The author shouldn’t write as if the Chinese are poor victims of the
West’s whims, they are not, they play the game better than the West and so are on
the ascendent, they are smart, resourceful and have access to the resources of
African nations whereby they build factories and roads .  Don’t worry about the
Chinese, they don’t feel sorry for themselves nor do they need western sympathy
or concern. And finally don’t worry about the Chinese because they are not
worried about you.

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By MeHere, May 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

M. Henri Day:

Publishing information and opinion is one thing but making it a matter of foreign diplomacy is quite another. Maybe I’m wrong.

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By Palindromedary, May 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

Nothing new here…our history is full of hypocrisies and lies by politicians who are merely puppets of the rich and infamous ruling elite who are more than ready and willing to play the masses off against one another while keeping their real agendas hidden. Only the most ill-informed jingoist, xenophobic dupes wave their little flags and keep their myopic little heads buried in patriotic clap-trap, and perhaps their idiot holy books, so that they don’t explode with indignation when these politicians gush their blathering inanities and non sequitur fallacies upon the world. And it really doesn’t much matter what “party” they belong to..they are all useful idiots of their puppet masters. Even if they say things you want to hear they are lying just to control you.

The rich and powerful victors may write the history but eventually the truth comes out. And the truth is making a mockery out of these useful idiot politicians…except to the “true believers” and other gullible “patriotic” simpletons who have bought the lie that we have a democracy.

Problem is that when they can’t snow us with their lies and propaganda…they will resort to a more violent action. They will hypocritically rant against other sovereign nation’s leaders, who are not totally in our control, for abuses toward their citizens, but have been guilty, many times in our history, of the same abuses. The hypocrisy is so blatant and obvious that it is almost comical. How can these politicians say the things they do with a straight face when it is so obvious to more and more of us that they are so full of it?

We still haven’t given back any of the Golden Lily booty that the US stole from the Chinese via the Japanese Golden Lily operation. We installed Japanese war criminals in the post-war Japanese government and became partners-in-crime against the Chinese…and really, against the rest of the world. Now, maybe the Chinese will get us back?

After what the Japanese did in Nanking and the rest of China, Manchuria, and Southeast Asia how could the US turn right around and hold their hands. How could the US not return the treasures back to their rightful owners…China?

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By gerard, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

To the extent that we buy into this “them versus us” manatra, we are victims of the old (pre-technology) worldview which the internet (among other things) has made dysfunctional—even deadly. 
  Similarities as unifiers have suddenly become much more important than differences as separaters.
  The “them versus us” is the murderous dichotomy on which capitalism is structured.  It disappears when the idea of “the universal we” takes hold and people begin to accept each other, to refuse to kill each other, and to insist on working together toward
“liberty and justice for all.”
  That’s what was, and is, the great insight of the American Constitution which was “discovered” and “imagined” by our much-lauded “founding fathers”—and they themselves probably had only a dim realization of its significance at the time they “thought it up.”
  Even now, some of them might not want to own such a “revolutionary” concept.
  We, however, have inherited both the burden and the joy of coming to practical terms with its universal application.

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

Good piece.

Sham concern in something that white folks do to justify waging genocide against non-whites.

The White Man’s Burden, Redux.

It was wildly rampantly rutting on this site and others when the Goon Sqaud was preparing to bomb the crap out of Libya for its petroleum and water—the wailing over human rights abuses (mostly invented, of course) still echoes through the threads of truthdig by US government paid promoters of genocide like the maliciously moronic heterochromatic.

White folks know full well that promoting and committing genocide is wrong—which is why they cannot stop blubbering about all the bad things that non-whites did and would have continued doing if they had not killed them and put an end to those violations!

Makes me puke.

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By M Henri Day, May 3, 2012 at 11:40 am Link to this comment

And thank you, Korky - by the way, no need for quaotation marks around my name ; it’s not a pseudonym….

Henri

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By Bobi6, May 3, 2012 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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Robert Sheer - Truthdigger of the week, month or year!

Thanks for this column and all the others. There are so few voices speaking truth to power.

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By Korky Day, May 3, 2012 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

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http://www.DemoChoice.org , a small, non-profit site.

They are fun, ranked-choice polls about:

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Anyone can post their own polls, there, too, on any topic, free.

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By Korky Day, May 3, 2012 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

Thanks, “M Henri Day” (no relation), for that link.
Seems quite accurate.  US Americans should take heed humbly, as China should likewise.

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By morongobill, May 3, 2012 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

Why the attack on Hilary by a previous commenter?

She isn’t the one responsible for GWB’s successful 3rd
term.

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By Bill, May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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Scheer’s article is an appropriate companion to Chris Hedges’ “Welcome to the Asylum.” Scheer talks about the willful ignorance of our own pretentious attitudes toward Chinese human rights, while Hedges lays out the fact that America is just plain out of its mind. The conclusion is the same in either article—we’re on the path to disaster, and nobody seems to know or care.

I believe it’s instinctual in human behavior to seek sustainability, but that’s becoming impossible. We now have 7 billion mouths to feed on this damaged planet, and on our way to 9 billion in the next few decades. I predict a ruined planet by then, with the richest 1% feeding off of the starving 99%.

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By Dennis in MI, May 3, 2012 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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This article reenforces the article I read yesterday about “the perceived value of Chinese life in relation to the melamine baby formula as opposed to Vioxx deaths in the USA” Google Vioxx and cdc death rates to be shocked.
Long story short, Vioxx may have killed 50,000 elderly americans, ANNUALLY, from 1999 to 2005. The death rate spike in 1999 when introduced and declined dramatically in 2005 when taken of the market. Meanwhile 6 children in China died and that is all you heard about. My takeaway, elderly american lives are less important to americans(MSM) than young chinese.

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By Big B, May 3, 2012 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Only with the sickest of imaginations can one wonder what this nation would look like right now in the fourth year of a Hillary presidency.

We would be being asked for our “papers” at every public venue by some smarmy little man in a london fog trenchcoat. And old Hillary would be spending a billion dollars to try and clone Richard Nixon just so she could place him and the Supreme Court. Might as well show those pin-heads what a real thug looks like.

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By M Henri Day, May 3, 2012 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

MeHere, the Chinese government does, in fact, from time to time publish an account of the human-rights situation in the United States. The latest such with which I am familiar, entitled The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2010, was released by the Information Office of the State Council on 10 April 2011, and is available here : http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/us/2011-04/11/content_12303177.htm

Henri

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By Pogosuptake, May 3, 2012 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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Wonder how the overworld will react when Bradley Manning wins the Nobel and China offers asylum

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By balkas, May 3, 2012 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

‘god’ is still alive! he only changed his residence; from u.s to china.

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By jimmmmmy, May 3, 2012 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

Good article as per usual. Everyday the population bomb is bringing us closer to the use of the atom bomb or some equally horrific catastrophe. Supporting a “dissident” who is allegedly against birth control seems a little wrong headed to me. Like always when the U.S. feels the need to grab what it perceives to be the moral high ground in a negotiation we get these curious results

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By MeHere, May 3, 2012 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Fake outrage is right.

Can anyone imagine Chinese officials coming to this country and discussing our human rights trespasses?  Or is it that we don’t commit any?

Please, leave China to the Chinese -they own their mistakes and their successes.

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By Macu, May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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As an indignant youth in 1970 I went to the Chinese embassy in Canada in 1970 to seek answers as to why Mao “permitted” the war criminal Nixon into China. I was told by a consular official that “It really didn’t matter.” When I asked for an explanation, he stated: “The difference between a Democrat and a Republican is that the Republican will stab you in the stomach, while the Democrat will stab you in the back”.

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By prisnersdilema, May 3, 2012 at 6:58 am Link to this comment

The political class of this country is a failure and and a fraud, that also fakes
concern about it’s own people. And that includes Hillary Clinton.

A country whose president has just given himself the right to kill anyone without
trial anywhere in the world. A country that incarcerates anyone without trail, and
believes that torture is alright.

That bombs children and families in Pakistan, and when asked to leave refuses.
That has the largest percentage of it’s population in prison, that sells their slave
labor at cut rate prices to corporations.

A nation, that has done it’s best to outlaw free speech, and arrest people who
protest the loss of their freedoms.

While at the same time condemning them to lives of slavery, with rigged laws that
guarantee economic servitude.

The corporate Reich, wants only to exploit Communist China, and look good while
it’s doing it…

China could do the world a favor and stop financing the corporate wars we wage
around the world, stop lending us any money for war.

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By M Henri Day, May 3, 2012 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

Thanks, Robert ; here you were, as sand11 pointed out, «spot on» ! Let me here add that so long as the US continues its interminable wars of aggression ‘round the world (currently mostly in Asia, but other regions are hardly safe, as the establishment of Africom, to take one example, on 1 October 2007 shows) no one who isn’t either deluded or bought is going to take its protestations regarding «human rights» seriously - the most basic human right, after all, is that to life, which bombing, whether from piloted vehicles or from drones, is unlikely to promote. That being said, I hope we can here refrain from ascribing various motives one way or another to Chen Guangcheng - no one who hasn’t found himself or herself in a situation in which he or she must leave his or her native land can have an inkling on what he (and his family) have gone and are now going through. Let us reserve our cynicism for those who so richly deserve it, like Mr Obama and Ms Clinton….

Henri

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By balkas, May 3, 2012 at 5:58 am Link to this comment

is there even one sane person in this world? i say no, there isn’t even one! the last specimen
of that specie disappeared centuries or even millennia ago. this means that we’d die if we wld
stop complaining about what others do or don’t do.
what we see in sino-west disputations is that old pots and pans syndrome.
but there is a novelty in this particular pot calling the pan black game: the pan used to be
only denigraded, abused, and laughed at, but no longer—- it is now also feared.
and what one fears, one also hates. china, folks, is no longer a laughing matter!!! and the
west can’t stop ruing it!
it is getting seriouser by day, folks!
china can now bite back! iran, too! and respect made a comeback also!
too bad, but china and iran is still not laughing at u.s. but, who knows, they may yet!
is it the saying true that what goes around comes around? sometimes, most likely!

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By georgea, May 3, 2012 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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All China has to is—-sanctions on USA/Canada/France/UK
In no time every commercial street corner will sport a
shoe/clothes/appliance repair outlets. Just imagine—
one shoe and mending socks or screw driver—$20 bucks
or lead pencil $5. We numbskull folks have been living
off the hard working chinesse.I suggest we all go back
to the 50s and see the price of American goods and
thousands of shoe repair outlets :^(

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 3, 2012 at 5:25 am Link to this comment

Imitation Outrage: Faking Concern for the Chinese
Masses.
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Just to be clear; the above was the subject of my post.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., May 3, 2012 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

So, who thought otherwise?

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By sand11, May 3, 2012 at 5:01 am Link to this comment

Robert Scheer is spot on with this analysis. Thank-you.

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