The blog has gone off the boil completely since the last post and that is because access to it is provided via a vpn and an appallingly slow internet connection, which is our lot in China.
There is enough to report here on what might be capitalism’s last freak show as it goes in search of the 3% compound growth needed to ensure its continued existence. However, where does one begin? There are the smart phone addicts, but then you get them everywhere! However, half of the population staring into little screens? Still, to each his and her own, which means we shouldn’t be too critical.
Then there are the manners; however, again, it is easy to forget that while the English were cultivating the concept of the gentleman some of those gentlemen were out enslaving a large chunk of the globe and other Europeans a large chunk of the bit of the planet that was left over. Fast forward and in the land of Donald, Hillary, and the neo-cons it might be worth invoking Kris Kristofferson’s “Me and Bobby McGee” and while in the good old US of A freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose” down in the Middle East, over in Afghanistan, in Somalia, and elsewhere, a drone might just wipe out your family courtesy of the Pentagon. “Ooops, sorry for your kith and kin, but we were after a very nasty man.”
Nevertheless, away from the hypocrisy, we still have to get back to that 3% compound growth, the glitzy shopping malls, and the not blue sky, and when we do so the conclusion has to be that capitalism, with its relentless drive for its 3% compound growth, just does not work. There is no “Chinese Way to Socialism”, there is only Socialism or populations staring into little screens on iPhones manufactured by exploited labour and containing materials which have been extracted in the deepest Congo by people who are literally dropping dead at their place of work. There is only Socialism or a world based on fossil fuels and conflict, a dark dystopian world, and the sense of foreboding is there when one looks at the sky above any of China’s mega-cities. Still, if the planet is just about to go over the edge, it would be nice to have my own little panem et circences and my 100 MB internet connection.