Had me until "statist policies." Nothing good ever comes from WSJ's op-ed page. Fuck them with Milton Friedman's dick.
A sort of interesting read, but to be honest it'd be just as easy to write a Western Philosophy, "Chinese" Ideas article
That's not really my beef, @Cap'n. I think all policy is "statist". What state authors policy to its own detriment? It's a shallow catchphrase, with a not-so-subtle meaning that market regulation is always harmful.
I also think it's rather shallow for them to characterize Chinese culture as one that is intrinsically capitalistic.
For instance, of the Four Occupations:
The merchants, traders, and peddlers of goods were viewed by the scholarly elite as essential members of society, yet were placed on the lowest of the four grades in the official Chinese social hierarchy, due to the view that they do not produce anything, only profit from others' creations
@Scott, I fail to see how it's "arbitrary" to dismiss articles from a known source of cryptofascist propaganda; WSJ's op-ed section on the same level of credibility as the usual shrill denunciations of Western hegemony in the state papers here. Wall Street Journal is a known quantity in business news. But no one with any sense for credibility really takes the Opinion section of the paper seriously.
@Dando, you lost me at 'cryptofascist propaganda' -- itself a shallow catchphrase used only by intellectual weaklings when they feel threatened by the mere voicing of a contrary opinion.
Q: "Who is characterizing Chinese culture as intrinsically capitalistic?"
A: The WSJ op-ed page. Put on a tinfoil hat and read between the lines, man.
Although perhaps I'm hanging on the "statist policies" bit and "sparing of taxes and levies". My point is WSJ does have a tendency of equivocating economic 'freedom to' with freedom in general. I'm only working with the quoted bits, because I would sooner hit my dick with a hammer than give WSJ even one of my fake emails.
But I certainly agree that the primary objectives can be accomplished through a socialist mode of development. Capitalists love Eurosocialism. Ex IMF chief Dominic Strauss-Kahn was a favorite for France's Socialist party, after all.
Also, I was an Orientalist before it was cool; the Chinese anticipated medical marijuana by a matter of millenia.
"Certainly, you would say that dismissing any work of prose due to the appearance of a single word seems somewhat unfair."
For one thing, "statist policies" is a two word phrase, not "a single word."
So I had you until "had me until" and you ignored the second sentence saying nothing good comes from the WSJ op-ed page? My, oh my. Someone has a short attention span.
@Conan, I wasn't aware that something could be a catchphrase until it actually fucking catches on. That's going to be a tall fucking order, 'cuz all of my catchphrases are coated in KY Jelly. The first dull rumble of the approaching communist buggernaut and you're already covering your cornhole? Who feels threatened?
Google search result #3 alleges The Sound of Music as one example of such.
I feel safe.
KY? No. YOU caught it and joined the masses of other leftarded word-bent nerds who have been slinging 'cryptofascist' for a long time.
Who feels threatened?
Who won't even read the article? Who is all irrational over the reputation of some newspaper brand's opinion page? Even the world's saddest dumbasses sometimes puke up a useful tidbit. Read some John Stuart Mill, freedom-lover.
And...Yes. The Sound of Music. I've seen it. 8 times. With my mother. And every time cried tears of joy as the brave Von Trapps escape into the mountains in their curtain clothes.
It's a wonderful film.
What's irrational about disregarding information from disreputable sources? How often do you find yourself combing through the op-ed pages of the Daily Handshake for useful tidbits?
I think I'll continue to troll and leave it up to the enlightened mystics to distill the vital essence.
@Cap'n, "Overabundance of words?" I was responding to three different people, chief. Wanna do a word count?
Strauss-Kahn being a Socialist party member AND the former head of an international financing firm should inspire quite a bit of cognitive dissonance for typical right-wing Americunts who are used to thinking of socialism and capitalism as antithetical. Get it? Are ya picking up what I'm laying down?
Please do not mention my name in your posts of fail. And do not impose your toddler-brain logic ('if I'm a feminist, girls will want to fuck me') on Dando, who is smarter than your family tree.
Shorter Cap'n: NO CONAN UR GAY AND RETARDED
ITT pretend-American OP farts into his own echo chamber.
I'm Conan the Librarian. I wear a pocket protector. I also hike up my polyesters to separate my balls with the inseam. I jerk off to Kant.