Jose E. Rodriguez

Elmhurst, NY, United States

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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted 11 months ago
Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?
Her point is about infrastructure and how much better it is. She can't just go on about that and ignore the full context of rapid development in China. So if we're going to talk about models of development then we should compare with the best, not the so~so like the US. To be fair, China does not claim to be a super power, but that doesn't stop the speaker and similar cheerleaders from repeating that China is "the World's next super power" without putting that to a test. My critique is not of China but of people that keep ranting and raving about it without acknowledging the deep problems that the Communist Party also has in their hands.
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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted 12 months ago
Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?
You don't get it. Hot water, toilets and being located in campus, those are not "extras." Those are required!! The Chinese government is the typical oppressor: they screw you and make you feel lucky. Student dorms in Norway cost $0 and their quality matches the rest of the campus. And anyway, you just confirmed what I said: the shinny stations and buildings have a squalid underbelly to them.
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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted about 1 year ago
Jane Goodall: What separates us from chimpanzees?
OK, you do realize that traveling 300 days a years is not the same as "being on a plane" 300 days a year, right? You're making a set of assumptions that are not supported by anything she said. She does not specify in any way how that time is parsed out. For all we know, she could spend 10 months in 5 countries where she is not driving her own vehicle, and her impact would be less than a suburban office worker driving to work on an SUV every day.
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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted about 1 year ago
Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?
I just watched Jane Goodall's TED Talk, and I thought about what a pointless talk Dambissa Moyo delivered. It is full of popular misconceptions and offers no real world solutions. Poor, lazy thinking overall. In general, the equivalencies she is drawing are not well constructed. For starters, the Chinese economy would not be so large without Taiwanese and Hong Konese capital. One is a full democracy, the other is a private capitalist system with more individual freedoms. Also the Chinese economy actively depends on the lack of rights to sustain itself. Such a model cannot ever arrive at democracy no matter how rich it gets. (In fact China has a massive problem with capital flight, where those who can afford to live well in China overwhelmingly choose not to and compete for foreign passports and investments so they can jump ship.) Lastly, there is a huge sector of Chinese society losing out in this economy: rural China. They are losing out big, together with many minorities. The Chinese environment is devastated by their poor planning of the same infrastructure she praises. If you want to know what Chinese infrastructure is like go to a University. Their libraries and buildings will amaze you. Then go to the student dorm. The squalor will be right out of the worst third-world hell hole. It's like she went there and never left the hotel!
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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted about 1 year ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
One trend that I notice in this thread is that of people who grow up in democracies that they are disillusioned with and fully embrace this type of propaganda without questioning it because they perceive China as an economic giant. Aside from the fact that might does not make right, it is good to remember that the Chinese economy is still half the size of the US, is largely concentrated on a small percentage of individuals, and is riddled with problems of its own. For a good explanation of how insanely volatile the Chinese currency market is you can read this article: http://qz.com/223991/the-chinese-government-has-much-less-control-over-its-currency-than-most-people-think-it-does/
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Jose E. Rodriguez
Posted about 1 year ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
One could point to so many examples that expose this guy for what he really is: a CCP shill. But one of the most telling examples is China's problem convincing their wealthy and educated that China is a place worth living in. When they're not trying to flee to Hong Kong (a place with all those pesky freedoms that according to Eric Chinese people don't like), they are leaving in droves to the US, Europe and Australia. Along with them they take their wealth. And do you know who likes to do that a lot? Those same government officials he talks about so much. In Guangdong province alone no less than 1066 officials were recently found to have all their families and money parked outside of China. So I guess they do vote over there ... with their feet! http://qz.com/218369