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Cafferty is an idiot right-wing commentator, and the attention he's gotten over this is the best thing that has ever happened to his career! Michael Jackson wrote some wonderful songs and was an amazing performer, but is extremely strange as an individual (not uncommon for artists of all kinds).|
I can't post to the Grace Wang thread anymore, so I am posting this here at a related topic.
I was very happy to see all of your posts, both complimentary and critical!
Glaznozt: Thank you. As to my motivation, 3hairs? I’ve lived in China, I like China, I think China has a central role in the world, and I think to assume that role China must evolve more quickly to a more open and durable system, and I think my own little “1.3 Billion Flowers Campaign” will help. I may sometimes be critical but you should hear me on the Yanks, given their advantages, I hold them to a higher standard.
Expatter: There is much wisdom in your thoughtful comments and I very much enjoyed reading (and rereading) them. But, I disagree with your “50 years” point. I don’t think there is a single western country that had a majority of literate citizens, or a particularly high standard of living when representative government began. I fully support the Central Government’s acceptance of the new electoral policy for Hong Kong, and their (somewhat overcautious) experiments in local elections. I also think that the party (with some updated policies) would win a free and fair election in China now (but, maybe not in the future if they move too slowly), and that it is in their, and China’s, best interests to do so.
Buddy35: What is happening in TBT?: It is very difficult to say, but given the anger and violence shown by TBTns towards innocent Han economic migrants (encouraged to go West by their own government into a region with an obviously unresolved and potentially dangerous political/ethnic situation, and thereby placed in harm’s way), I think we can reasonably assume there is considerable hatred and resentment towards the Han and Central Government. However, as the only news available is Xinhua, and it NEVER presents the opposite view (This is not bias? Show me an interview with the D**** L*** in the news in China; there is none. This is not biased reporting, to show exclusively one viewpoint day after day and month after month? The CBC here in Canada showed a twenty minute interview with DL, and the next night the same for the Ambassador from China. People can hear out both, and make up their minds-THAT is journalism).
Reportersh: You are assuming an idyllic brotherhood in India/Pakistan/Bangladesh before the British; as others have bointed out, this is wholly inaccurate. Also, you seem to be saying that when Europeans exploited weaker states as colonies it was bad, but when China exploited weaker states as tributaries it was good. How does that work, logically? I agree that European culture is the most aggressive in human history—“The whole world is afraid of the Christians and their ‘God of love’” as a friend of mine puts it. Your bit about Chinese not using plastic bags or neon lights just astonishes me. Have you been to China in the last twenty years?