On Fri, 22 May 2020 03:18:06 -0700 (PDT), Quadibloc
Post by Quadibloc Post by Robert Carnegie
Allowing for glitches in the last twelve months,
are you confident that China today "doesn't work"?
Does China produce happiness for (nearly) all its people? Checking the Tibetans
and the Uighurs. No.
Does China "work"? That depends what you mean by working. It *functions*, and it
is not in imminent danger of collapse. But does it serve a useful or desirable
There are minor, but persistent, indications that the local
authorities sometimes try to act independently of the Central
Authority. Which is /not/ the way it is supposed to work.
China has a long history of periodically breaking up into several
states, which then fight each other. Granted, the next time they will
probably be "People's States" rather than "Kingdoms", but a next time
would be entirely consistent with their history.
Post by Quadibloc
In any case, I'm much more worried about how, because of Trump getting elected,
America, the heart of the free world - on which all the free countries'
independence from Russia and/or China absolutely depends - the U. S. of A might
cease to work.
My *solution*, though, is one that is unpopular these days. I would recommend as
a response that both Canada and Australia begin to join Britain and France by
developing a full-scale strategic nuclear deterrent, including a full second-
strike capability. This would introduce needed redundancy into the defenses of
the Free World, and ensure that no opportunity for adventure is presented to
Russia or China should any further deterioration in the functioning of the
United States, or its relationships with its allies, take place.
When survival is at issue, attention should be focused on dealing with the
issues having the greatest seriousness.
I'm sure The Donald would approve.
After all, he's always claimed that the other nations in NATO aren't
spending enough on defense.
And, anyway, non-proliferation hasn't worked and can be expected to
continue to not work. Can't put /that/ genie back into the bottle!
"I begin to envy Petronius."
"I have envied him long since."