Anton Goryunov writes from Moscow: I’m really fed up with all the Chinese made junk that’s sold everywhere in Russia – and beyond it. Every time I buy something, I know that somewhere there’s a small label on it saying ‘Made in China’. And how I rejoice – on very rare occasions – if it turns out that it was made someplace else.
Oh, he’s full of hatred, I can hear some people out there saying. He’s denying the Chinese people the right to earn their living, disgraceful!
Well, sue me, you politically correct creeps! Why should I care what you think? I’m tired of being forced to buy junk so that some clever retailer can make a quick buck and some Chinese worker can earn his 000,5 cents, sitting in some crappy factory for 18 hours. I pay my own money and I can demand quality. I’m not a charity that has to support 1.4 billion people in China.
If I buy a shirt, shoes, a mobile phone or some household appliance, I want them to be made properly and work well. I don’t want them to last a day or two and then keep them so as not to upset the Chinese working masses and their communist masters. I’m sorry, but I don’t give a damn about the Chinese proletariat. Just like the Chinese proletariat doesn’t care about me and millions of other people.
Let’s be honest about it: this whole ‘Chinese economic miracle’ is one big con. We were taken for a ride by the big companies and retailers who had realised that they can cut their costs to the bone by having their goods made in China. No one cared that China was a communist dictatorship that pretended to embrace the free market. What free market would that be? It’s one big concentration camp that uses slave labour. There are about six or seven big cities in China that are used as showcases of capitalism, to fool the world into thinking that the economic boom in the country is benefitting a lot of Chinese. In reality the rest of the country is one big poverty trap where running water and electricity are a luxury.
How can you expect Chinese workers who live in such conditions to produce anything decent? It simply doesn’t work like that. Slave labour has nothing to do with quality. Period.
Chinese officials, of course, are telling everyone that they have state of the art industries producing top quality goods. For some reason this rubbishy propaganda is being accepted throughout the world, as if it has anything to do with the real state of things. It has not. Chinese products cannot compete in quality with any of the goods produced in the developed nations. If a garment is made in Italy or France or Britain or the US it has the word ‘quality’ written over it. But Chinese goods are always badly made. It’s a fact of life. There’s nothing you can do about it. Slaves don’t produce decent shoes or shirts or even toys.
And now that we’ve entered a recession, which was to a large extent caused by overproduction of cheap Chinese goods that undermined proper companies across the world, we’re being told that the poor Chinese people will be losing their jobs is we stop buying their crap. They say that about 100 million Chinese might end up unemployed by the end of this year. There’s even talk about possible instability in China and civil unrest in the countryside.
I’m sorry to sound unemotional, but why should we, the consumers, care about that? We didn’t ask our retailers to flood us with low quality junk. And we sure didn’t tell the Communist Party bosses in Beijing to make their industry totally dependent on the outside markets.
I laugh when I hear how some Chinese officials say that their great Middle Kingdom will re-direct the economy towards domestic consumption. Yes, sure, the poverty stricken Chinese will start buying up all that crap that no one else wants to buy.
The simple truth is that the Chinese economy in its present form has had it. It is finished. It has no future. And the so-called ‘vast financial reserves’ of China are a joke too, if you consider that the egg heads in Beijing found nothing more exciting than to buy up American government’s IOUs to the tune of $1.8 trillion. The Chinese rulers can now use them as toilet paper. They will be useless for the next 20 years at least.
And there’s another downside to the obsession with Chinese made goods: everyone is talking about the danger that China might pose to the whole world when it finally becomes a military superpower. Make no mistake, the Chinese communist rulers are drooling at the thought of their mighty armies marching down the streets of New Delhi, Moscow and Paris. And yet, the very same countries that should be careful about feeding the Chinese Tiger are pumping billions into its economy to make a quick buck.
What the hell is wrong with you, people? Have you forgotten how you nourished Hitler before he turned on you? Or has your greed made you both blind and stupid?
The Chinese people would have to sort out their crisis themselves. And we, the consumers, should boycott Chinese made junk. If only to piss off the communist leaders in Beijing.
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