The ‘Made in China’ syndrome
To the editor:
Early this year I bought a set of combination wrenches, and as I removed it from the display rack, I noticed something different about the package wording of the next set. It so happened that I got the last “Made in U.S.A” set, the next sets were made in China. For the last couple decades I had gotten desensitized to seeing everything from books, bolts, boots, automotive and farm machinery repair parts to the dazzling array of home and commercial electronics devices and appliances coming from that country; even our grocery stores are getting food items from China. And it seems the factories that are still around are building their “Made in U.S.A.” products with Chinese components.
Some of the last “Made in USA” things to get “out-sourced” have been the big names in power tools. But this year seeing the Craftsman wrenches, of which I have memories going back about 50 years, kind of made me sad. Sometimes I get a little sentimental about machines and tools; but there is also a stark reality behind this entire “Made in China” syndrome that saturates this country. Consider these quotes:
Vladimir Lenin; founder of the Soviet Union and father of global communism, said: “…capitalists would give communists the technical, material and financial help they need to prevail in their ideological tug of war with the world’s democracies.” In other words, they will sell us the rope by which they will hang us.
Nikita Khrushchev (in 1956): “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”
Communist Chinese Chairman Mao: “In the future we will set up the Earth Control Committee, and make a uniform plan for the Earth.” (1958 speech to his provincial chiefs.)
In August of this year, the Chinese Communist Party Propaganda Department mandated that every reporter, producer and editor must go back to school for Marxism classes. More than 300,000 press corps members will be reviewed for progress in February. Their Supreme Court ruled that people who post false or slanderous comments online can be sent to prison for up to three years.
A nation that degrades virtue lets itself get dumbed-down, de-motivated and demoralized quite easily and fits neatly into the pattern outlined centuries ago by Chinese archivist Lao Zi: “The Sage rules thus: he empties their minds, stuffs their bellies, weakens their will, and strengthens their bodies. He always keeps the people devoid of intelligence and desire. He keeps the intelligent in fear from action, and all are governed.”