Monthly Archives: March 2008

Shakespeare was wrong. “Vanity, thy name is a PR MAN!”

Shakespeare was mistaken when he wrote, “Vanity, thy name is Woman.” No. Vanity’s name is usually Man.   And although the currently available evidence is still sketchy, there are considerable reasons to conclude that it was Western “public relations” consultants, who … Continue reading

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Flaming Stupidity: The Olympic Torch Mounts Tibet

“The March of Folly” is what historian Barbara Tuchman titled her chronicle of the role of willful stupidity in World History.  Her working definition of “political folly” is “the pursuit of policy against self-interest”, of which one operative criterion is … Continue reading

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Karl Marx Bashes the Chinese Communist Party

Listen carefully to the opening paragraphs of Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto”.    It sounds like his main target of criticism is today’s Chinese Communist Party.    As you listen, just substitute the term “Chinese Communist Party” every time you hear the word “Bourgeois”.    … Continue reading

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“Strange Fruit”, Eugenics and the China Connection

Billie Holiday’s song, “Strange Fruit” is not for the faint of heart. It’s about the lynching of Black Americans, hanging from trees: The final verse, “Here is a strange and bitter crop,” ought to echo in your minds whenever – … Continue reading

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America’s Opium Dream: “One World, One Dream?”

Americans have been projecting their own fantasies onto China for over 200 years, usually to the mutual detriment of both countries.  The British at least had the clarity of mind to acknowledge, with honest cynicism and honest contempt, that they … Continue reading

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Public Relations, Infanticide, and Olympic Opium

Here is Goya’s painting of Saturn devouring his own son. How well regulated is China’s embryonic stem-cell industry?    How transparent is it to the rest of the world, to ensure that the fetuses – or unborn children – who are … Continue reading

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In Praise of Jack Reed, American Communist

The discussion on our previous post, “Headlines”, inspired me to write a bit about Jack Reed, an American Communist who had – and still has – the honour of having his remains interred in the Kremlin Wall, because he was … Continue reading

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