About China

March 7, 2015 at 5:13 pm Leave a comment

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n reply.  First of all, read the writings of Chairman Mao in some form.  Secondly, have some passing acquaintance with Chinese (and Far East) history.  Cruelty and oppression are the first classical tools of authority.  China as it is represents a huge victory for the capitalist world and a few thinkers who saw oil as a proper inducement for it to join.

That worked because it first of all gave China (extremely good grade) oil that it could use in trade factors.  Trade factors are things like permits where little or no investment is required on the part of those selling them.  Any factor of a trade is acquisition or production, and generally not all components of any given thing are produced at one plant, from flour and preservatives to paint and every part.  Trade factors can obviously be held within the company or purchased from outside (hopefully most permits are purchased, for instance).

The question during the Vietnam era was how a self-sufficient land could be induced to join the ‘civilized’ world.  Someone on my ship in my division near my age made a number of points.  One was cribbed from RAND and experience; Hong Kong was the chief licit source of mainland Chinese goods.  The Forbidden City (which had become in the 1900s in Hong Kong merely the circle of the less fortunate ringing the houses of the rich–and the other side of the street from the sailor’s bars.  Had that been me, and if I’d had a very high security clearance, I would have been warned very thoroughly about not crossing the street and entering those dark and crooked alleys, and that people who asked what I did were very much not my friends.  If I’d been there, of course.

That would mean that there was a major problem in transportation of “goods of value”.  That includes money.  Any time that you have a great deal of traffic converging on a point there is an implicit problem, especially since the trade was formally illegal and desperately needed through the early 80s.  In the early days the ones who didn’t make provisions were eventually going to be executed; it was already an established procedure to make a set amount of money and have it within reach and leave the land with no thought of return.  The day that Vietnam actually fell you could have seen the Vietnamese rich men with their bags of heroin coming on to U.S. ships for the first part of their prearranged journey that was an escape.  Oddly enough, I think it was Hong Kong, since nowhere else in the Far East would have been safe for them.  It was odd to see huge plastic bags of Hong Kong White, 2 kilos and up.  At the time, cut ten times, I heard that a gram cost about $500.  If it wasn’t cut, it killed.  It was called Hong Kong white because…it was generally refined there.  Or so I heard; I really don’t know.  I’ve heard too that some of the Thais had the equipment to do their own themselves.  Another point to this is that it probably wouldn’t have been a terribly good idea to set up drug operations in China, for some odd reason.  [Don’t ask.]

The West never imagined the Chinese thought first and foremost that we were simply crazy.  Chiang’s government was the most corrupt in history (supposedly) and then we came along and set up a succession of puppet governments in South Vietnam.  No, that wasn’t the way it was supposed to work.  Supposedly.  However, Ho Chi Minh came to the United States first seeking for aid (the U.S. was seeking a war in the Far East), we turned him down and Russia gleefully accepted.  We didn’t know what to do if we ‘won’ that war, incidentally.

Given that the Vietnam conflict was over the oil in the Gulf of Tonkin pretty well went to China, for then.  Remember, that was 40 years ago and the Chinese were the friends.  That meant that a whole world slowly opened for the Chinese.  That also meant (something we’ve been steadily missing) that they had to become steadily become more paranoid about our capabilities and more than that about capabilities that the government hid from everyone.  Better than that, it was known we had subverted Mao’s best friend (who mainly became convinced Mao had lost it, supposedly; there could be more to it) and we had a habit of dumping on our allies.  Dumping on?  Failing to carry through on promises especially to regimes we’d invented in the first place.  One of our favorite tricks at least until recently is to use U.S. aid agencies to come up with information that can be used against the local government for a future war.  After all, Vietnam was started to keep the troops combat-ready.  Remember most of this stuff can be easily verified.  Guess why a lot of nations won’t allow the Red Cross in.

The difference between communism and capitalism is in the perspective of value employed and the theoretical representative system employed.  Said theoretical systems don’t come close to matching the ones which are employed, in large part because there would have to be a means of accounting for the distortion induced by representing a curved system as a plane.

Photoshopping” is a very visible employment of the concept, and it in fact has a great deal to do with the way that we perceive (the mental tool that we use for the construction and employment of protocols, that is).  There is a great deal of Photoshopping in this article and as such it’s a nice representation of current thought about China.

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