Jun. 5th, 2006

pearwaldorf: rey from tfa (firefly - river has secrets)
What makes the situation [of Wal-Mart flourishing in China] exceptionally weird is that this is happening in a country that still professes to be Marxist. And the new Chinese capitalism feels like it was introduced by people whose understanding of it came solely from reading Marx: it is ruthless, exploitative, and contains the seeds of its own destruction. The only hitch is that the inevitable finale - proletarian revolution - is supposed to have already happened. In theory, in Communist China, the working class exploits itself...

The deal cut after Tiananmen was shrewd: urban Chinese were offered a path to prosperity in return for staying out of politics. The results are now visible in every Chinese city, most noticeably in those (like Shenzhen and the east of Shanghai) that have sprung up out of nothing in the past twenty years. They are a direct rebuttal to the Reaganite belief that free enterprise opens the way for democracy. So far China has proven that if you can grow fast enough, democracy can wait.


(cf June 4, 1989)
pearwaldorf: rey from tfa (bookish)
starstealingirlAdrienne, why does your school always get the cool people at their commencements? I got Miss America and James DePriest. Your school gets Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert.

And is the name of the sports team really Prairie Fire? Dear lord.
pearwaldorf: rey from tfa (moby - don't wanna deal with the world)
Oh god. The Veronica/Logan? It totally makes sense. And it's totally ew.

And yet I find it strangely intriguing.

Oh god.