or better yet, build a better
and the world is your oyster. Until some other public benefactor builds a better one …
Want to win a war? Build a better gun. Now China appears to have taken a huge stride ahead of the United States with the first experimental deployment of a new ‘supergun’ aboard a warship.
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the Chinese didn’t ‘declare’ war on the west years ago. They just went ahead and did it anyway, but without all the usual fanfare, loud noises, and smelly stuff. And we fell for it—they used us as weapons against ourselves; fiendishly clever and it worked.
It’s an observation that sticks in my craw every time I pop into one of the too many Chinese cheapie emporiums. They sell junk, but serviceable junk at mega-low prices. Win/win all round, no?
Well … no.
Think about it.
We buy their ultra cheap hosepipes, nail clippers, brushes, photo albums; which is good—we get what we want for a fraction the price we’d otherwise have paid for one made in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, USA, The West … mostly cheap junk, adequate (just) but shoddy; yet it does the job. Briefly. And when it claps out, then what? We go back and buy shoddy cheap again.
And in the meantime the more expensive (and much better quality) New Zealand/western products sit forlornly on the shelves …
… do this often enough and the non-Chinese producers go out of business. (One needs sales to make a profit, no? And without profit, why the heck be in business?)
do the Chinese make their profit—they too have to pay for raw materials, skills, labour and shipping; and it all comes out of … … their sales receipts? Oh, really? Or could it be that their friendly government subsidises them … and if so: why?
Why should the Chinese taxpayer subsidise our New Zealand garden hoses and photo books?
Why should the Chinese taxpayer subsidise putting our own producers out of business … and making us thus entirely dependent on them?
Don’t ask me, dammit. I’m asking you … but here’s a thought, make of it what you will:
—and ponder all possible meanings of the phrase: Oops …
Has subsidising my car wash brushes all these years actually set the scene for artificial islands, rail guns, and conquest? Brrrr~!
My point? We’re exporting our ‘minor’ manufacturing to China, No?