While America Slept

Let me ask for your patience while I continue to obsess about how the world has changed in the 2020s while the US Best & Brightest are stuck in the English colonial days of 1619.

When Freedom Tower was ever so slowly built on the site of New York’s once-iconic Twin Towers, the glass came from China.  When China recently finished Raffles City in Chongqing, you can bet that it is Chinese through & through.

Inside Raffles City Chongqing’s The Crystal Exploration Deck – YouTube

Most of us have never heard of Chongqing — upriver from Wuhan, in underdeveloped western China.  City population somewhere around 20 Million.  Fascinating point to consider is that 50 years ago, when Mao was moving industry from the coast to inland areas as part of the “Third Front” in case of USSR or US invasion, Chongqing was one of the backwards hardscrabble places to which industry was moved.  And look at it now!

Tickets to the Raffles City observation deck cost about $30 — roughly comparable to Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  But unlike the foreign tourists in Dubai, the market at Raffles City is almost entirely Chinese.

We are falling behind a China whose economy has continued to boom while the West fetishes Covid — just another obvious anomaly that escapes the attention of the Ivy League grads in the DC Swamp.

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  1. Those grads are either on the payroll or are wanna be’s. China pays well on the front end. Like the Devil.

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  2. Interesting that the Chinese would allow the name. Singapore, Brits, Raffles himself — those are all things I figured the Chinese would rather not put in lights.

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  3. @BDB – the chinks are willing to co-opt anything, as long as it makes them money. True parasites.

    I wonder if this characteristic could be turned against them.

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  4. Gavin Longmuir

    Devereaux: “the chinks are willing to co-opt anything, as long as it makes them money.

    The critical turning point in recent Chinese history seems to have been the death of Mao in 1976. At that point, the new Chinese leadership realized that raising the standard of living was far more important than socialist political purity, and opened to the West. They were far behind the West in those days, and wisely — or at least, so one could argue — decided not to try to reinvent the wheel. Much faster to catch up with the West by taking whatever they could from the West, by means fair & foul.

    Arguably, China is now on the cusp of moving ahead of the West.

    5G is an obvious example of China in the lead. Another example would be Magnetic Levitation trains, which have been a subject of research in the West for decades — but it is the Chinese who have actually gone ahead and built a MagLev line in Shanghai, something that does not exist in the West. Or what about the illuminated drone swarms used for high-end night-time advertising in some Chinese cities?

    20th Century Europeans used to whine that all the good ideas implemented in the US had come from Europe. Maybe that was true — but it was also true that the US would build things which sclerotic Europe would only talk about. Perhaps we are moving into an analogous stage with China, where China is the place that things actually get done while the West is where the “leaders” fret about ancient grievances.

    Will the West (and the US in particular) wake up and get back to business? I hope so.

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  5. I think it tried with Trump. It’s why he was so reviled by the Left. He actually made things in America work, something the Left has been trying to dismantle for multiple decades.

    But don’t count us out. This is a resilient country, full of capable people who can accomplish amazing things. We just need some breathing room. That will take a regrasp of some of the reins of power in 2022. Let’s hope that works. I am thoroughly NOT interested in an (un)Civil shooting War. (But one will do what one has to. So saith the Lord.)

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