If you look beyond the Reader’s Digest patriotism of the mainstream media and the high school cheerleading of so many in politics you will see that China, despite all its many faults, is becoming the world’s dominate nation as the US Empire sinks into the mire. People outside the boarders of the US can see all this much clearer than the propagandized citizens of the US.
China is a country with four times the population of the USA. China has an economy that has been growing at double digit rates for decades. China has overtaken the US as the world’s most vibrant economy; truly the “Asian Tiger” as the US has become the “paper Tiger” that Mao claimed once long ago. The Chinese economy may slow down, but it will dwarf the economy of the US.
The old USSR failed in its race with the USA due to the US having far more economic power than the Soviets. Today China has far more economic power than the Americans. It does not take a Nostradamus to see where this is headed. While America decays with its drug wars, hot wars, cold wars, open wars, covert wars, trade wars, and its central planning of a crony-capitalist economy (fascism); the Chinese have given economic freedom to its citizens. Sure, the Chinese are not totally free; but then you must compare the Chinese citizen to the slaves in the US. Since power flows from economic power and economic power flows from free markets — the Chinese are far ahead of the US.
The Chinese are known to be smart, disciplined, studious, and practical. (see Thomas Sowell) They are also nationalistic. It is to our good luck that the Chinese historically did not seek to rule foreign lands to the degree that Westerners seem obsessed to do.
The government of China is perfect (for a government) in that it is an intelligent dictatorship that is obsessed with the advancement of the country in all aspects. The US on the other hand is caught up in the collectivist mindset of making sure that everyone is obeying the central planners in the capitol city, while at the same time plundering the productive to give to the non-productive. The US is committing suicide; it no longer manufacture things — manufacturing has fled American shores. What is made in America these days? What are the Americans good at?
We all know that America is the world’s greatest debtor nation while China is the world’s greatest creditor nation. We can’t repay what we owe so we must default at some point or we must hyper-inflate and destroy the common citizen in the process; yet the government spends and borrows like money grows on a printing press. Rationally, this would seem a good time to let go of unaffordable things like funding the war making Pentagon and Intel agencies with more money than the rest of the world spends all put together. We spend Trillions to “be safe” when all it does is put us at higher risk and impoverish the nation’s people. But our leaders think we cannot reduce military spending. They think our economy is a war economy and that to reduce the troop levels by 500,000 (just to pick a random number) would add 500,000 to the unemployment rolls. Perhaps they fear armed rebellion if that many vets became unemployed all at once. But it gets worse, since there are whole towns and economies dependent on the military spending. It is the same with the millions of people who are employed by the government in counter-productive jobs in DC and around the country. “What would they do?”, ask the central planners.
Until the US stops trying to run the world and returns to a belief in free market laissez faire we have no hope to stay up with China. It may be too late now anyway.