Ridiculous exchange rates, and why China should utterly disregard the US liberal world order

More reason that I am skeptical of this so called “free market economy.” Some Chinese colleagues tell me that Russia is poor, even made a joke about inviting some Russian girl to KFC for a meal. How there are Russians, Ukrainians working in China and earning much more in China than they can in Russia. In the other direction, vacations to Russia are super cheap for Chinese. Also, a Chinese who works in America saves up a ton because stuff in China is so much cheaper.

Reminds me of how back in the old days in China, cars were in short supply, and very expensive. Chinese cars were there, they were not good but they worked, and not many were produced. I think back in the 80s, even television was quite a new thing, and most families did not even have refrigerators. The stuff from abroad was way more expensive than the stuff manufactured at home. With the brand names like Nike, etc, America can leech a ton of money from idiot status climbing Chinese.

On the other hand, PRC Chinese in the 80s were reasonably well educated and skilled, just quite materially poor at the superficial level. Many people wanted to go abroad because what they made in America in dollars traded to RMB would easily be ten times higher than a good salary at some state owned company. The people who went into business then could make a fortune without much difficulty since that market economy stuff was in its infancy. There are even semi-illiterate people who made a fortune in that era.

This people in third world countries earn a dollar a day bullshit is really misleading because per exchange rate stuff is also often like 10x cheaper. By common sense, you can’t survive on a dollar a day in America.

I am not familiar with prices in Russia, but I am aware of the Russian default in 1998, and I am not surprised that stuff is cheaper in Russia than in China per exchange, which means Russia is in some sense poorer than China. I would expect that actual real not virtual based on some artificial economic numbers standard of living in Russia is about the same or somewhat higher than in China, overall.

That salaries are lower also has to do with more skilled people in Russia and China than in US in many areas. Simple supply and demand. So in some sense, Russia and China are wealthier, because in a scenario of mutual economic embargo, the US with lower productive ability would lose.

I mentioned to that colleague how Russia has Yandex, VK, its own internet ecosystem, and that integrated development environment Intellij was also developed by Russians (the company was started by three Russians in Prague I believe with offices in Moscow, Boston, etc). It’s a really great product that creates ton of value but it won’t really earn much money beyond keeping their company alive due to the nature of the product. Similarly, I have observed that in US companies, Russians tend to create more value than they get in terms of salary and stock options. It has to do with their being more skilled obviously. In contrast, there is quite inconsistency between all the Indians CEOs in America and the dearth of indigenous software industry in India. I saw startups in Silicon Valley hire Russians and Belarussians because they are very good and ridiculously cheap by American standards. I also read that North Korea tried to hire ex-Soviet experts in nuclear weapons in the 90s on $1500-3000 per month.

I was also told that in the 1980s Deng and his liberal idiots wasted a ton of money purchasing overpriced stuff from Western countries, part of the reason was they wanted more excuses to go abroad as well. That money, resource, and energy could have been spent finishing up that passenger airliner 运-10 which they instead cancelled. They blamed isolationist economic policy, touted opening up and reform, all that. There was foreign investment to set up factories in China which would produce stuff that would be extremely cheap for Americans due to the grossly asymmetric exchange rate. Those comprador capitalists got rich in the process. Which reminds me of how my perceptive ABC friend once remarked that Deng was basically bringing back China to the pre revolution days with concessions in big cities like Shanghai, Tianjin, with white Westerners on top, comprador pseudo-Westernized Chinese second, and the Chinese Chinese the lowest. The cultural revolution was not enough to remove him, Liu Shaoqi was permanently disposed of, but Mao later brought back Deng, who eventually ousted Hua Guofeng from the number one spot in 1981. Now that the damage has been done, people in China appreciate the cultural revolution more, if not for that, the situation likely would have been worse or much worse, China could have experienced similar to what Russia did in the 90s. Because it took some time to reverse the far left policies during the cultural revolution, and even after that, the right wing liberals were scared that it would repeat, which inhibited their behavior to some degree.

I was amused when someone said to me in Chinese along the likes of

To the rich capitalists in China (especially if they are comprador), fear of the CPC is deep to the bone, and a yearning for free America flows in their blood.

Many of them are basically status whoring and want to transfer their wealth to America out of fear that the CPC will eventually take it away from them, but at the same time, their sending their kids abroad and investing abroad in real estate will already make the CPC distrust them. They are willing to pay ridiculous tuition in America, and I would not be surprised if China eventually turns against the Chinese with US degree. Under Xi Jinping and with the ever growing wealth and power of the country, the ethos is much more nationalistic and will only go further in that direction.

I think PRC Chinese are way more woke than Americans are. Americans have been under the yoke of Jewish liberal economic political mental bondage for too long, that culture is too deeply engrained in the English language. I increasingly realize how that had much to do with the cultural revolution, which for all the damage it did, was also quite positive in many regards for the national consciousness and economic development. Like, from what I’ve read and been told, in the 1970s China was not that much behind America in semiconductors and CPUs (which were more in their infancy during that time), and ahead of Japan and South Korea, but the policies of reform and opening up ruined it all. This person I talked to remarked how silly it is when those liberal Chinese talk about how they were rich pre-revolution, and then after reform and opening up, they went to America, after suffering some persecution during the cultural revolution, and that that is basically a way of expressing disapproval for the CPC. I do think that rule of law is bullshit and basically a mechanism for the rich and liberal to rule and manipulate, and that the way of acting during the cultural revolution, for all its problems, is in its essence way more actually democratic than anything that actually goes on in so called liberal democratic societies. America is good at tricking their way into money and power but not actually very good at fighting. They usually only win when they’re way more militarily advanced than their opponent, which doesn’t prove much. On the other hand, the PLA, Maoist, Stalinist, whatever you call it, way of simply dispossessing people who are popularly disliked without regard for this fake Western rule of law and protection of private property is much more direct and fair. You don’t have anywhere near as many rich parasitic assholes using their money and formal position and lawyers and control of media to perpetuate their privilege and in the process create a culture that more or less extinguishes any hope of ending it and creates a population of political stooges.

America tried to export that to China too after reform and opening up with the Chinese right wing compradors as their agents in China. But looks like they are not going to be successful. China may well go exact reverse of what America wants. A 21st century setting cultural revolution or 镇反 I wouldn’t say is likely but surely it’s possible, especially if US-China relations go completely down the drain, as would happen in say a military conflict, as did happen in Korea from 1950-1953. I’ll conclude by copying some Chinese over. By the way, I think copyright, patent law, intellectual property are also liberal bullshit. China should try to disregard those as much as it can get away with.

横扫一切牛鬼蛇神一个无产阶级文化大革命的高潮,正在占世界人口1/4的社会主义中国兴起。
在短短的几个月内,在党中央和毛主席的战斗号召下,亿万工农兵群众、广大革命干部和革命的知识分子,以毛泽东思想为武器,横扫盘踞在思想文化阵地上的大量牛鬼蛇神。其势如暴风骤雨,迅猛异常,打碎了多少年来剥削阶级强加在他们身上的精神枷锁,把所谓资产阶级的“专家”、“学者”、“权威”、“祖师爷”打得落花流水,使他们威风扫地。
毛主席教导我们,在我国,在所有制的社会主义改造基本完成以后,阶级斗争并没有结束。“无产阶级和资产阶级之间的阶级斗争,各派政治力量之间的阶级斗争,无产阶级和资产阶级之间在意识形态方面的阶级斗争,是长时期的,曲折的,有时甚至是很激烈的。无产阶级要按照自己的世界观改造世界,资产阶级也要按照自己的世界观改造世界。在这一方面,社会主义和资本主义之间谁胜谁负的问题还没有真正解决。”我国解放16年以来无产阶级和资产阶级在意识形态领域内的阶级斗争,一直是十分激烈的。目前的社会主义文化大革命,正是这个斗争的继续发展。这场斗争是不可避免的。无产阶级和一切剥削阶级的意识形态是根本对立的,是不能和平共处的。无产阶级革命,是要消灭一切剥削阶级、消灭一切剥削制度的革命,是要逐步消灭工农之间、城乡之间、脑力劳动和体力劳动之间的差别的最彻底的革命,这不能不遇到剥削阶级最顽强的反抗。
革命的根本问题是政权问题。上层建筑的各个领域,意识形态、宗教、艺术、法律、政权,最中心的是政权。有了政权,就有了一切。没有政权,就丧失一切。因此,无产阶级在夺取政权之后,无论有着怎样千头万绪的事,都永远不要忘记政权,不要忘记方向,不要失掉中心。忘记了政权,就是忘记了政治,忘记了马克思主义的根本观点。变成了经济主义无政府主义、空想主义,那就是糊涂人。无产阶级和资产阶级之间在意识形态领域内的阶级斗争,归根到底,就是争夺领导权的斗争。剥削阶级的枪杆子被缴械了,印把子被人民夺过来了,但是,他们脑袋里的反动思想还存在着。我们推翻了他们的统治,没收了他们的财产,并不等于没收了他们脑袋里的反动思想,剥削阶级统治了劳动人民几千年,他们垄断了由劳动人民创造的文化,反过来用以欺骗、愚弄、麻醉劳动人民,巩固他们的反动政权。几千年来,他们的思想是统治的思想,在社会上不能不有广泛的影响。他们的反动统治被推翻以后,他们是不死心的,总是企图利用他们过去这类的影响,为资本主义在政治上、经济上的复辟进行舆论准备。解放16年来思想文化战线上的连续不断地斗争,直到这次大大小小“三家村”反党反社会主义黑线的被揭露,就是一场复辟和反复辟的斗争。
在资产阶级革命时期,资产阶级为了夺取政权,也是首先从意识形态上进行准备,搞资产阶级的文化革命。资产阶级革命是由一个剥削阶级代替另一个剥削阶级,尚且要经过多次反复,经过多少次的革命、复辟和反复辟的斗争。资产阶级革命从思想准备到夺取政权,在欧洲的许多国家,都进行了几百年之久。无产阶级革命是彻底结束一切剥削制度的革命,更不能幻想剥削阶级会乖乖地听任无产阶级剥夺他们的一切特权,而不想恢复他们的统治。他们人还在,心不死,必然要象列宁所说的那样,以十倍的疯狂,来企图恢复他们失去的天堂。赫鲁晓夫修正主义集团在苏联篡党,篡军,篡政,这个事实,对全世界无产阶级说来,是一个非常严重的教训。目前中国那些资产阶级代表人物,那些资产阶级“学者权威”,他们所做的,就是资本主义复辟的梦。他们的政治统治被推翻了,但是他们还是要拼命维持所谓学术“权威”,制造复辟舆论,同我们争夺群众,争夺年青一代和将来一代。
资产阶级进行反封建的文化革命,到夺得政权的时候就结束了。无产阶级的文化革命,是反对一切剥削阶级意识形态的文化革命。这种文化革命的性质,同资产阶级的文化革命是截然不同的。这种文化革命,只有在无产阶级夺得政权以后,取得了政治的、经济的、文化的先决条件,才能为这种文化革命开辟最广阔的道路。
无产阶级文化革命,是要彻底破除几千年来一切剥削阶级所造成的毒害人民的旧思想、旧文化、旧风俗、旧习惯,在广大人民群众中,创造和形成崭新的无产阶级的新思想、新文化、新风俗、新习惯。这是人类历史上空前未有的移风易俗的伟大事业。对于封建阶级和资产阶级的一切遗产、风俗、习惯,都必须用无产阶级的世界观加以透彻的批判。在人民生活中清除旧社会的恶习,是需要时间的。但是,解放以来的经验证明,如果充分发动了群众,走群众路线,使移风易俗成为真正广大的群众运动,那末,见效就可能快起来。
资产阶级的文化革命,是为少数新剥削阶级服务的,它只能由少数人参加,无产阶级的文化革命,是为广大劳动人民服务的,和最大多数劳动人民的利益是一致的。所以,这能吸引和团结广大劳动人民参加。资产阶级启蒙人物总是卑视群众,把群众当作愚民,把自己看成是人民的当然支配者。
无产阶级思想革命家同他们根本相反,是全心全意为人民服务的,目的是在唤起人民群众的自觉,为最广大的人民群众的利益而奋斗。
资产阶级的卑鄙的自私自利,抑制不住自己对于人民群众的仇恨心。马克思说:“政治经济学所研究的材料的特殊性质,会把人心中最激烈最卑鄙最恶劣的感情,代表私人利益的仇神,召唤到战场上来反对它。”被推翻了的资产阶级也还是这样。
目前,我国无产阶级文化大革命的规模和声势,在人类历史上还不曾有过,它的威力之大,来势之猛,在运动中所迸发出的劳动人民无限的智慧,远远超出了资产阶级老爷们的想象。事实雄辩地证明,毛泽东思想一旦掌握了群众,就成为威力无穷的精神原子弹。这一场文化大革命,正在大大推动中国人民社会义事业的前进,也必将对世界的现在和未来,发生不可估量的深远影响。
我国轰轰烈烈的文化大革命,引起了帝国主义、现代修正主义和各国反动派的惊慌和混乱。他们一会儿想入非非,说什么我们的文化大革命,表明了中国下一代“和平演变”已经有了希望呀;他们一会儿又悲观失望,说什么一切消息表明,共产党的统治还是十分巩固呀;他们一会儿又表现出无限迷茫,说什么要对中国所发生的事情随时作出准确判断的真正的“中国通”是永远不可能有的呀。亲爱的先生们,你们的胡思乱想总是同历史的发展背道而驰的。人类历史上空前的这一场无产阶级文化大革命的开展和胜利,敲响了中国土地上残存的资本主义势力的丧钟,也敲响了帝国主义、现代修正主义和一切反动派的丧钟。你们的日子不会长久了。
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