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Hats off to the real world, eh?
It seems as if not many pundits actually live in it.
CBC: Canada is waking up to China's quest for a 'new world order', says Japanese observer
Why do the Canadian news media so often prop up insular political scientists to assist them in passing public judgement on other nations as if they had a real clue about the world outside of academia? Look at this baby prof whose ego has been stroked into crooning what the CBC wants to hear and present to Canadians -- despite the fact that:
I enjoy glancing through the comments from CBC readers because it gives a sense of just how much trouble we're really in ourselves.
Here's one (Matt Roberts) who recommends we all read a book that totally says everything it really has to say in the title:
Here's a more positive view: (Elias Leousis)
Old Chinese proverb: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.”
When is the West going to admit it's WE who are ruled by power seekers calling themselves "public servants"?
So, China is "authoritarian" and we're democratic, eh? I doubt very much that the Chinese whose families have been here since practically day one have wonderful memories of "democratic" Canada. Thankfully, nobody now comes here from China to be worked to death on a railroad; they have much higher skills to offer, putting many Canadians to shame.
(I'm personally not crazy about the Hong Kong entrepreneurs who come here just to buy up real estate and then just let it sit empty while it appreciates, but let's face it, they are not really from China or they wouldn't be fighting so hard against it.)
And this is regardless of the fact that China is ruled by a "dictator" under whose oversight the vast majority of Chinese have done very well for themselves, and are therefore not complaining.
Looking at the history of Chinese leadership, a statement about former Premier Zhu Rongji goes like this:
Canada could use some of that. Not even our Monarchy can boast a clean, or even completely dignified slate.
Here's a guy who wants to see the hind end of the British monarchy:
Newsweek: Meet the Man Who Wants to Bring Down the British Monarchy
He describes the royal family as "nepotistic, corrupt and undemocratic".
And I don't even have to provide links to the adventures of Andrew, let alone the absconded royal couple who, no matter how indicative they are of the complete and utter disintegration of the royal family, will still have their hineys kissed everywhere they travel in Canada.
(People seem to want to grovel before pseudo-superior humans while still touting their freedom and equality. Go figure.)
Things have gone so far downhill with the Monarchy that whole websites have been marshalled to whitewash its image:
CrownChronicles: 8 reasons constitutional monarchy is the best form of government
How can Canadians possibly sneer at China's "dictatorship" when they are obliged to bow and curtsy to a propped-up Monarchy? All one has to do is look at the atrocious hats the royal female family members are obliged to wear to know that insanity lurks in the palace.
I know I've said this before, but my mind is simply boggled by the utter absurdity of which they don't seem to be aware:
EOnline: The Royal Family Guide to Wearing Hats
First off, it's the royal family FEMALE guide to wearing hats (and gloves). And that should tell you something right there about dictatorship. The monarchy is a mindless throwback to the 50's! But we bow and scrape before them anyway, right? Why? Because our grade schools drummed it into our heads that they were leadership examples for us plebes, right?
I vividly recall my grade 5 class being taken to City Hall to see a film about the royal family which raved about how Queen Mary in her 70's, was still able to thread her own embroidery needle.
Ooooooooh! Only a real queen could do something that amazing! It strikes me as possible that those words may have stuck in my noggin for a good reason.
Chinapower: Do women in China face greater inequality than women elsewhere?
The phrase "some notable gains" can equally be applied to US, UK and Canadian governments, whose political leaders have traditionally been preponderantly male.
Take a look at this:
Worldbank: Proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments (%) 2019
Scroll down the list to China (25), and then compare it with Canada (27) and United States (24). And let us remember that Trudeau made a show of inclusiveness, though at least two females quit the show due to a decided lack of respect.
Listen, if you really need something to tsk, tsk about, read what Canada's "democracy" did to the Chinese immigrants who built our railroads:
SFU.ca: A Brief Chronology of Chinese Canadian History
Now check out 1881 when "white" workers turned down the job of helping to build Canada's railway system so occupied were they in trying to strike it rich in gold mining, while the Chinese were ready to take on any labour that would help them (most of them) survive.
Next time you travel by train, think of the "hundreds of Chinese railway workers [who] died due to accidents, winter cold, illness and malnutrition" to whom we owe a great deal of the credit.
Then check out 1885 to see how our liberal society thanked the Chinese immigrants by imposing a burdensome head tax to discourage more of them from arriving here.
So that's what we "free"and "god fearing" people did when the Chinese tried to escape an oppressive government. And now that China is outstripping Western advancements in industry, we sneer and call it a dictatorship. Well, judging by our own standards and actions, by now we should know what dictatorship is.
We have to stand in long lineups to pay money for our privileges such as owning/driving a vehicle in which to get to work. We are heavily taxed on the grocery and clothing items we buy. There are cameras trained on us in shops and apartment buildings, and Statistics Canada can knock on your door at any time to demand that you divulge all of the personal details of your life -- under threat of imposed jail time:
Wikipedia re Canada's Statistics Act:
There are countless ways in which our government runs roughshod over us, all the while calling itself "Liberal" and "democratic". So, enough with the sneers about China, which are nothing but an indication of the deterioration of Western society.
It's now a given that American "democracy" has failed, despite all of its flag waving and its bombastic leadership:
Guardian: Decline and fall: how American society unravelled
Good grief, when even the Guardian gets it right about America, can Canada be far behind? If Trudeau does one good thing in his second term of office, let it be to show the world how leaders can treat one another -- at all times -- with respect instead of fake smiles or haughty superiority (and that doesn't necessitate showing off by wearing their ceremonial clothing, Justin).
With bozo Boris at the helm, the UK certainly needs the distraction of America's folly:
Guardian: No 10 refuses to comment on PM's views of racial IQ
This is pretty disgusting, and if it continues, the UK will be the American south all over again with a different accent.
Yet some will still want to sneer at the Chinese "dictatorship", if only for distraction from their own predicament.
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