We have come to regurgitate whatever the establishment tells us to believe:
-"We can't deport all the illegal aliens that are in the US" (Has anyone told us why exactly it is that we can't?)
-"Democracies are there to help the people" (Democracies or Republics are instituted to protect Life, Liberty and Property - not to just be naively trusted to function properly forever)
I always loved this one;
-"Well, we want the Chinese to be as prosperous as we are. That way, they will soon start buy our products"
In responses to the latter, my questions were simply "Do we? and "Will they?".
The people have come to parrot whatever position they are told in the right one. It seemed that hardly anyone wondered if the Chinese would be willing to just start spending their money to buy products that were manufactured in the US. OK, maybe a few luxury items for the rich, but the Han do not operate with the understanding that every business decision should be a win-win, with both sides getting a comparable level of benefit.*
*From Montesquieu's The Spirit of the Laws:
"It is very remarkable that the Chinese, whose lives are guided by rites, are nevertheless the greatest cheats upon earth.....He who buys of them ought to carry his own weights, every merchant [Of theirs] having three sorts, the one heavy for buying, another light for selling, and another of the true standard for those who are upon their guard....[The Climate] that has given to the Chinese an inconceivable greediness for gain ...in China they are suffered to deceive"
It does turn out, however, that the Chinese are in fact eager to buy some stuff from Americans and Canadians. Brazil and Australia are also in their sights.
What they are buying is the food supply of Western nations.
But with new investment comes fears that a generation of young Canadian would-be farmers are being squeezed out of the market by newcomers that some suspect are being bankrolled by the government in Beijing.
In Saskatchewan province, home to 45 percent of all arable land in Canada, the price of farmland has risen an average of 10 percent in the last year, and as much as 50 percent over three years in areas where Chinese immigrants have settled, according to farmer Ian Hudson, who lives near the village of Ogema.
Smithfield shareholders will receive $34 a share under the deal, a 31% premium over Smithfield's closing stock price of $25.97 on Tuesday. Smithfield shares closed up 28% Wednesday at $33.35.
The companies put the deal's total value at about $7.1 billion, including debt.
Smithfield is the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. It sells packaged products under popular brands such as Farmland, Armour, Cook's and Smithfield."
"On a sunny March afternoon, 11 Chinese executives armed with digital cameras and iPads got out of a van on Brazil’s highway BR-163 to photograph soybean-loaded trucks headed to export terminals.
Dressed in jeans and boots, the officials from five state-owned companies that imported 40 percent of China’s soybeans last year had traveled six hours to see the oilseed being moved from farms to ports during a tour organized by Rabobank Groep.
They’re part of a growing contingent scouring the world for farm assets or food technologies that can be brought to the world’s most-populous nation.
China is headed to spend a record this year on food assets and farms after a $32.7 billion splurge in the past five years and just $4.2 billion in the prior half-decade, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
The drive for assets from Brazil to the United States and Australia has ignited concern by lawmakers that has only been heightened by Shuanghui International Holdings’ $4.7 billion deal to buy Smithfield"
[Added 6/23/13- I should have noted that the Red Dawn remake also had the bizarre twist of the Russians playing a part in the invasion of the US. For crying out loud; the Great Game is long over, as is the Cold War. Why do we still think that the Russians want to come all the way over here to help take us over? If anything, the expansion (Rather than a reduction) of NATO to include former Warsaw Pact nations probably have the Russians fearing what we may want to do. We were rightfully made to look like fools when the a tiny fragment of the Russian army rolled over Georgian forces trying to control Russian-majority territories I wonder if there is some sub-strategy going on that requires that we continue to force Russia to think of the US as an enemy. It is as if the US is being set up for a future of foreign domination at the hands of another country that felt that it had no option other than to eliminate us as a potential rival]