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Americans, Chinese, the same battle.

Updated on March 26, 2012

They do to others what they will do to us.

To paraphrase a hubber on his interests on Chinese matter, he answered condescendingly "what do I care". It has always been an American attitude to isolate itself dismissively from the rest of the world as if they did not exist or, if they did, it was to serve them. In those times, America was number one. A moon that never was conquered, the launching of the successful Microsoft phenomenon, the four-wheeled all-terrain stepping with determination on hostile lands... gave a rosy and ambitious daguerreotype of a new Narcissus. Years later, as America is going down the drain (is it the expected end of an empire?) facing governmental internal turmoil, national upheavals expressing a general disarray in the uncontrolled fall of the economy or at best controlled by the 1%, recording its lowest employment rate..., China, its principal adversary (on the monetary policy primarily) is cruising on the third gear economically. Humanly, it is another story.

"What do we care?". Think twice now. Who are the commanders of the economy? International companies that outsourced their productions off-shores drained by alleviated tariffs and trade barriers, by economies of scale (cost advantages)... such as Nike, Adidas, Apple, Hewlett Packard... Maybe we should start boycotting companies that deserted the land of the American Dream? How many of us monitor the pulse of the global economy for the sake of curiosity, of information? Or at least, of the recent giant? Not that many. It is a pity because it gives insights as for the mentality, what I would call the "modus cogitandi", the way those corporations think explaining and justifying their "modus operandi" (no need to translate).

What is happening in China now? Strikes. Who would have guessed strikes in a former communist country, I meant, in a new capitalistic economy, still ruled by repression? Doesn't economic growth rhyme with fatter gross domestic product? With the pursuit of happiness? No, only in America!

The China Labor Watch, headquartered in the U.S., stated of revolutionary movements in Shanghai and Singapore where thousands of workers fought their lay offs, the diminution of their salary, the dismissal of their supplementary hours, in the land of all permissible abuses for corporations. The Chinese workfo(a)rce whence is harvesting the wear and tear of capitalism trickling down on the demand postulate.

Now, what do we see? Same pattern than in the U.S., motivated corporations cutting, trimming the few leaps acquired in economical and social rights. A factory worker, to the shame of those windows of capitalism, earns $100 monthly. How low do our companies desire us to bend? Whose feet shall we kiss? Isn't America, China, the same fight? An inflation rate still important (5,5%) although it dropped, a weak yuan concur to cripple the national purchasing power. It is the mirrored image of the Chinese predicament.

In the last decade, it is taken for granted now, that the revenues of the corporations increased by 400%.

Seeing the discrepancy between the two classes (it is what all is about), the corporate establishment, the bourgeoisie of the XXI's century, has always aimed at the annihilation of the proletariat, the suppression of its freedom (long term goal). If the fight is topical in 2011, it means that we understood nothing through history. Societies don't guarantee us anymore to live and prosper and, at the end of line will smile at us sarcastically the revolution.

To the international situation of the world, one has to be vigilant. It is a fair representation of what our "democracies" will shift to if power will be given to infringe on our freedom. We had Unions, we had social advantages... The corporations are setting the marks of their dictatorship on the Chinese labor structure. Work for pennies and shut up is the motto. It is the model, they will apply here if there's no wave of change. It is a good reason to care.

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    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      Obama is not my man. He doesn't represent me. He sold himself to the corporations. However to beat a conservative, a republican I will vote for him. Not to vote for him will be taking a risk. I always calculate the risks.

    • Jason R. Manning profile image

      Jason R. Manning 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Then Obama is your man, own it. There are only two representative on the ticket this November. Both represent power and money. What will you accomplish by staying out of it?

    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      I am against idiots, if it means the masses, then I am against them too. I am against any idiots voting for someone like Romney whom will shoulder the interests of corporations versus people's interests whereas the voter belong to a lower class with no privileges.

      You don't need to be a Harvard educated to see that whatever the political parties, the democrats or the republicans, nobody will represent us!

    • Jason R. Manning profile image

      Jason R. Manning 

      6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      You could easily garner a broader audience with your writing, yet I find this subject matter etched in stone. The rate for which governments and corporations are colluding is outstripping our ability to unravel their garments. I find it a little amusing how you assumed my writing was a touch beyond the masses, while yours requires true believers…

      You’ve peaked my interest and attention, but as you well know, the idea must be so much more powerful than the money interested in squashing it. Cheers.

    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      What America does abroad will affect its behavior nationally! And you are right, "we don't have enough fingers to point" but sometimes one like yours, mine, others are enough!

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      6 years ago from US

      I know America certainly is keeping China corporations rich. Everything is made in China, and our government doesn't even care they keep putting led in everything that is so dangerous so I doubt they will care they mistreat their workers. Now they just put a label on it saying led, be careful. Ridiculous. Corruption is everywhere. We don't have enough fingers to point.

    • maxoxam41 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      It also depicts that their greed has no limit. Why would they squeeze a maximum from people who have nothing and not perpetrate their crimes on our own soil?

      The Obama administration proved us not his incompetence but the corporate omnipotence.

    • poetvix profile image

      poetvix 

      6 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      You make a good point about the corporations. If they can restrict freedoms and oppress anywhere it will only encourage them doing it everywhere.

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