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Nansha District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China: Nansha Temple. Photo credit: Jéan Béller

China is ‘decoupling’ from decadent Western culture for fear of being infected

Fareed Zakaria is a CNN serial plagiarizer. Like another CNN offender, online onanist Jeffrey Toobin, Zakaria is always forgiven and brought back from literary purgatory, to inflict mediocrity and derivative insights on viewers who’re none the wiser.

Published: December 7, 2021, 9:51 am

    The neoliberal Zakaria recently broadcasted a “television special, China’s Iron Fist.” He joined neoconservatives in calling China “The most serious competition the United States has ever faced. The Chinese are doing AI, biotech, hi-speed rail – the industries of the future.”

    I watched the broadcast. It was the simplistic, angels-and-demons story-line, that proceeds from the premise that America is an oasis of freedom and happiness, whereas in China, which has become quite the middle-class, materialistic, consumerist society, all yearn to breathe free … in America, naturally.

    Well, the Han Chinese, who constitute 94 percent of China, rather like their nationalistic, monolithic (at least compared to the US) country.

    What I most hate about the Chinese culture is its contempt and abuse of the natural world, critters included. But I couldn’t be bothered with the American foreign-policy elite’s sinophobia, which seems to be a distraction from the fact that the Chinese ruling class generally acts in the national interest; whereas American ruling elites act in ways so antagonistic to the people’s welfare as to constitute treason.

    In any event, China, warned Zakaria, is becoming less western. The West being the best, such a trend is condemned. Well, the always low-key observations of The Economist make more sense:

    “China’s leaders still want investment and technology from the West, but they think it is in decadent decline and are decoupling from Western norms and ideas.”

    They have a point, no?

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      “China’s leaders still want investment and technology from the West, but they think it is in decadent decline and are decoupling from Western norms and ideas.”

      “Technology” is not the same as “norms and ideas”, although historically, “technology and science emerged out of an interrelated set of political, legal, philosophical, religious, and moral elements” ( ), the said “interrelated set” being akin but not identical to the “rule of law”. The realization of the rule of law was subject to three basic conditions: (1) supremacy of the law as opposed to the arbitrary exercise of executive power; (2) equality of all before the law to be administered by ordinary courts; and (3) judicial protection of individual rights and freedoms.

      Now, these “Western norms and ideas” remain as valid and forceful as ever. It’s the PEOPLE who should embody the said values (but for an array of reasons no longer do since Nietzsche approx.) who are decadent, not the values.

      Of course, these values being antithetical to –eeven — the sheer EXISTENCE of the CCP, “decoupling from Western norms and ideas” really does not take place as far as these ideas never were abided by any Chinese government (I have Cotterell/Yap Das Reich der Mitte, Knaur, München 1975 as authority).

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    • Steve Hudson

      A dishonest article with a click-bait title. It makes a claim, the general statement that China is decoupling from Western culture, without any supporting examples.


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