Tuesday, October 26, 2010
China's emerging strength: Nothing to see here folks
So China is displaying even more of its powerhouse industrial and technological might. Nothing to worry about. Other places are trying to do similar things...in other parts of the world. Any notion that we need to fear or worry is, of course, mindless fear mongering. We are assured of that. Of course we haven't really done anything to wow the world recently, have we. We stood down the USSR in the Cold War, but most people give the USSR credit there, and blame us for the troubles anyway and said we screwed up how we did it. The last really big building project was the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, but they're not around any more. Our bridges collapse, our levees break. We can't seem to get ourselves out of financial trouble without asking for money from, well, China. That's the same China that continues to wow the world with its accomplishments, the same China only fear mongers worry about. I wonder if folks in Europe, who pointed to the United States in the early 20th century and said, "They'll be running the show soon," were smacked down as fear mongers. I wonder if we assume that if China does emerge, things won't be any worse than they were under the Evil Empire (that'd be us). Sometimes I wonder what historians of the world powers will say about our country a hundred years from now. Moreover, I wonder what language they will be writing in when they say it.