Comments on: The U.S. capitalist love affair with Communist China http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Joeaverager http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1290 Thu, 05 May 2011 15:28:00 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1290 American businessmen like China b/c it is a place of financial opportunity for themselves. Once the opportunity dries up they will have a different opinion. China welcomes the investment and b/c the businessmen are teaching the Chinese how to do what we used to do for ourselves. In shor the Chinese are being taught how to be more competitive and thus make more money for themselves as well. Have a big company come to my town with plans for big investments here – I guarantee that my town will roll out the red carpet – just like China. china’s behavior and that of the businessmen are not surprising. Go to a car dealer and see if the salesman isn’t glad to meet you and help you buy a car.

Meanwhile us American employees tread water and hope our jobs don’t dry up and away to China. I have to wonder why America hasn’t started putting tariffs on imported Chinese goods yet so there is motivation for American business to do business in America.

Oh yeah – just remembered the US gov’t serves the big money makers first, it’s worker bee citizens second. The tariffs will appear when our economy is about wrecked.

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By: zotdoc http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1289 Thu, 05 May 2011 14:30:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1289 I agree with your article and it is well written, except for your last sentence. Although we have a republic based on democracy, it is no longer easy to “kick the bums out”. Politicians of both parties discovered that the voters can be controlled by doling out taxpayer money to buy votes, and now over half the country gets some sort of governmnet benefits.

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By: Dafydd http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1288 Thu, 05 May 2011 12:48:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1288 Radical assertion? Reactionary more like.

What this article tells us is that the rich and powerful global elite do not like freedom for the masses.

Moreover, if you are already rich it is easy to make money in a country that oppresses its people.

You call this news?

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By: EileenMacEnery http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1287 Thu, 05 May 2011 02:47:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1287 I am not an expert on anything other than being a Middleclass American who has raised two kids by myself, and struggled financially for the last 25 years.

I have seen my standard of living declining for almost three decades and despite my education, which I paid for myself, I am unable to work in my profession or see any hope for my children in the future even if they do get an advanced education.

However, it seems obvious to me that when we talk about “capitalism”, democracy and communism we must distinguish between “individual” capitalism and “corporate” capitalism.

This is the difference between what we see in China NOW and what we used to see in America until the 1980’s when Reagan was selected to be the figurehead in the White House, despite the fact that he had already been diagnosed with the dementia of Alzheimers.

The Reagan Administration waved the flag of “smaller government” in order to infect our economy and government with policies of “privatization” and “deregulation” in the name of “capitalism”. The real agenda was not individual capitalism but rather the corporatization of capitalism and of government, and the destruction of our strong majority middle class.

Under true individual capitalization and democracy, the middle class, which was made up of individuals, families and small businesses, was able reap the benefits of “capitalism” as one of the “blessings of liberty” which were intended to be secured by our now disregarded and defunct Constitution.

What we have now, both in America and China is NOT “capitalism”. It is “corporatism” whose goal to make a lot of money for a few wealthy people. And the Chinese people are NOT coming from a place where they have had democracy or individual freedom, but are thrilled to see the “corporatization” aka corporate capitalism, of their dictatorial communist government because they are now experiencing some of the “blessings” of liberty, which they never had before, without the requirement of those rights being secured.

So, for now at least, it is a WinWinWin situation for Communism, Corporations and the Chinese people.

So, what is the solution for America and its barely breathing “middle class” and almost destroyed Constitution? I do not know.

But what I DO know is that as long as we look to the “faux capitalists” who are really just a corporate monarchy to provide jobs or new industry or the leaders in our government who will reinstate TRUE individual capitalism necessary for a democracy to thrive, we will be waiting forever.

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By: GRRR http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1284 Wed, 04 May 2011 20:16:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1284 Private equity and graft go hand in hand, and it’s a Faustian bargain anyway. (Short term profit has no long-term thinking associated.)

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By: RickCain http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/04/29/the-u-s-capitalist-love-affair-with-communist-china/#comment-1283 Wed, 04 May 2011 18:30:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=995#comment-1283 American businessmen would buy US flags from Adolf Hitler if they were cheap enough.

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