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  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    Well, I didn't think I would live to see it!
    So I guess the bag of 10,000 balloons at WalMart will go up $.08!

    edit: Will this mean the illegals from Mexico will now be working to get to China?
     
  2. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    It will hopefully mean that chinese workers will get better wages and better general conditions - today all that is at a horrific level... The combination of communist dictatorship and roaring kapitalism that has emerged in China in recent years has not meant any good for the manual labour force. The amount of terrible mine-accidents happening lately are just spectacular examples of this and should be noted that the administrators of mines are not more cynic than the administrators of other industries.

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  3. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    I doubt this is a problem for unethical Western companies - they will simply move operations to poorer (albeit smaller) countries in the region, like Malasia.
     
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    "How much do you make now?"

    "I make around $0.03 per hour."

    "$0.03??? And who the f*** gave you that raise!!!!!" :mad:


    Seriously, nice job. Its about time people stand up and say "I want better." They see better things ahead, and won't take crap in the meantime.
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    I'm all for immigrants coming to this country and working jobs that you, I and a bunch of other people on welfare won't. As long as they don't suck off the government, let em in.
     
  6. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    igary, i agree, infact the bracelet I wear from my sig, is a mexican immigrant.
    It was a very lame and regretful attempt to lighten things up.
    thanks for reminding me.

    Regrets

    beeef

    ps: like the "praying steve" avatar! Part of a personal conversion? ;)
     
  7. iGary Guest

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    LOL, no. I still have my own inner Dogma I follow. I just thought it would be a good one to have up since Tiger was released.

    It's like Steve saying "Thank God, they'll shut up now!!"

    I used to work in the restaurant biz (eons ago) and my latino workers were some of the best employees I had, period. Hard working people, in general. :)
     
  8. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    LOL

    I was a dir of pers for over 600 empl and had the same experience.
     
  9. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    Anyone who thought that China was going to stay a sweatshop haven forever was mistaken. It's maturing as an economy just like every other industrialized nation has or will.

    There's also a major demographic crunch coming in China. The one-child policy succeeded in slowing population growth, but it created a situation where there aren't nearly as many children for each grandparent and parent now. Many of them will not be able to depend on their offspring for financial support in their later years, as traditionally happens. Add in a surplus of baby boys in some areas and the natural delay of marriage and children that comes with industrialization, and there's a real chance that their job market could get much tighter and social changes could accelerate. Progress has its price.
     
  10. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    Maybe China will export some jobs to Michigan. Heck, we need 'em.
     
  11. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    The US is heavily in debt to China, and China are starting to realise that they may noyt see this money back for ages, and are now reluctant to loan it. It's a superpower, and is only going to get stronger.
     
  12. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    Since China's banking system is based on cronyism and corruption, I kind of doubt they're worried about paying back debts at this point. And I think it's a little early to call China a superpower. Call back in 20 years.
     
  13. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm. China still has its problems, but it would be a mistake just to dismiss it when it's an important global player, and continues to be.
     
  14. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    I didn't say China wasn't a global player, nor was I dismissing it. I said that China isn't a superpower right now.
     
  15. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    China does not have capitalism, for that you need strong rule of law and respect for individual rights. What they have is communism with pockets of anarchy.

    In any event it's good to see these poor folks standing up for themselves, even if it means fewer cheap goods for us. All the rich countries went through the same pain of gradually lifting the economy through back breaking labor, we are just lucky that it was a few generations earlier that did it for us.
     
  16. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Capitalism certainly exists throughout China (most notably in Shanghai) , and is certainly not a pure Communist country in the way that it was with Mao.
     
  17. broken_keyboard macrumors 65816

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    They have a highly competitive market economy, but that is not capitalism. Capitalism starts with "life, liberty and the pursuit of hapiness" i.e. individual rights. Competition is not the heart of Capitalism, it is only a side effect of the fact that each person owns their own life, and some people choose to do the same thing.

    What they are doing over there is taking that side effect and implementing it as a primary, without bothering to put in place the strong legal base of individual rights from which it comes. Their system is nothing like America's.

    In America we have a market, but it is a side effect of a certain moral position (individual rights). They don't give a cr*p about the individual, they see the market economy as a way to increase government revenues.
     
  18. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    That's true if you look at capitalism as an ideologyrather than an economic system, which I suppose in many ways it is. However, don't forget that people living in Europe often enjoy a much higer standard of life than most Americans. I haven't got much against capitalism, but there should be a limit to it.
     
  19. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Eventually, China won't be a source of cheap labor anymore. Unfortunately, there are other places to go. For instance, most of Africa is in such horrific shape economically that many people there would work on wages that merely prevented them from starving to death. The problem with Africa is that the economic instability is coupled with massive political unrest. But eventually super-poor countries like Uganda, Somalia etc could largely replace China in the "sweatshop" sector. North Korea would also be a canidate if/when the dictatorship is overthrown. Don't forget the 'Stans either - countries like Turkmenistan would gladly accept foreign money if the State Department allows it. There's always some cash-strapped government willing to go in for this kind of "development". :(
     
  20. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    I don't know that "capitalism" has a precise definition and there are certainly different variations of it. The United States and Japan are both capitalist countries, but their economic systems are certainly different.

    No nation has ever been a "pure Communist country" in the sense that it's ideological founders envisioned it. China under Mao (like the Soviet Union under Stalin) was a totalitarian state that enslaved workers and brutally repressed dissent. Mao directed the killing of more of his own people than any leader in the history of the world, and did it in the NAME of communism.

    China right now could better be described as an authoritarian-capitalist hybrid: more economically free than the state-run economy it used to have, but not capitalist in the way the West uses the term. South Korea and Taiwan used to be like that too, but have since moved toward more democracy. Hopefully China will too.
     
  21. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Actually, Maoism is a political system unto itself. It contains elements of Communism but things like the "Cultural Revolution" are almost totally unrealtedt to the thinking of Marx. As aloofman pointed out, it is really just a totalitarian state - run by an obsessive idealogue.

    If you've kept up in the news recently you may hear North Korea referred to as having a "Stalinist" government. Here again we see that even in Russia Marx's ideas failed to come to fruition. The USSR under Stalin was a dictatorship, purely and simply. Look up "Stalinism" or Maoism".

    OT: A grim quiz question for history buffs: Who, through bad decision-making, sociopathic paranoia, megalomania or pure cold bloodedness is responsible for the deaths of the most innocent people?

    A. Adolf Hitler
    B. Josef Stalin
    C. Mao Zedong

    Between the three they have accounted for over 80-100 million innocent lives, excluding the 20-odd million dead combatants of WWII, half of whom were Red Army.
     
  22. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Unlike the United States, China protects there border. A country can't long survive that has open borders. China still has the ability to deal with there problem
     
  23. wowser macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, Maoism was Mao's interpretation of Marx, which was actually quite differnt from Marxism. Hoiwever, Lenin's Russia was pretty darn close to a tru Communist state. It didn't work all that badly in the early years, either. I don't mean to rubbish your answer, Lord, but I have done both courses on Russian 20th century history and 20th century Chinese history. Also, as you pount out, dictators can come from any extremist political belief.

    I would pick answer 'Stalin' from your list of choices.

    Wdlove - I'm not quite sure what you are getting at.
     
  24. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    China also executes something like 90% of all the officially condemned prisoners in the world. Does that mean they know how to "deal" with crime? To imply that China has it over the United States in the area of dealing with one's neighbors is pretty whacked.
     
  25. aloofman macrumors 68020

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    Enlighten me as to how Lenin's USSR was anything like a worker's paradise. I've never seen any proof that the average Soviet's life improved between the the start of the Bolshevik revolution and Stalin's takeover. What went right there?
     

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