Nonetheless, the terminology of "monster" leads to a dehumanizing caricature of the Chinese, when really and sadly, what happens there is all-too human, and replicated in many other corners of the world, some of them not so far away.deevah said:it's neither racism nor humanitarian but i can see that is an easy conclusion to draw.
It's more about the impending global domination by this country. Canada is the Pluto of so-called superpowers. In reality, we are not a market controlling force in the global economy. China is. If you thought the US was bad, Hu Jintao will make Bush look like a seraphin. While I'm not trying to discredit the evils committed on our home turf, it's not exactly affecting the lives of most of the population on this planet.
Look beyond your own navel.
SUNKIST said:shadyness of china? how bout the shadyness that is happen right here at home? how about the upwards of 500 aboriginals who are currently "missing"? How about the slavery that took place in canada?
i hate when people mask their racism in humanitarian missions. "those damn chinese have gone and enslaved people-those savages!" "they're trying to posion our kids with lead based paints!".
dude, its happening right here as well.
Well, there is the saying about the "glass house" - but I get your point. Yes we can talk about the Chinese without having to mention our own shortcomings (say, contrasting their lead based paints with our continued exportation of asbestos).Bass-Invader said:who cares what compares to what? isn't this bad on it's own right? Or do we have to juxtapose it against our own shortcomings in order to talk about it?
Is it?Hal-9000 said:Isnt that how they teach people to think in university?
are we like exporting asbestos in the form of pipe coverings and insulation, or are we exporting the material asbestos to people who want to buy asbestos?praktik said:Asbestos exportation: Its cancer causing - many of our clientele are third world countries with little to no laws governing its use.
We export 95% of our asbestos, we only use 5%. Of course, we're exporting the material asbestos to people who want to buy it - but primarily to places that dont have laws like we have here governing its use, and to the places that DO have such laws, we're working actively to have those laws struck down.Bass-Invader said:are we like exporting asbestos in the form of pipe coverings and insulation, or are we exporting the material asbestos to people who want to buy asbestos?
okay, let's not turn this thread into another topic. Asbestos has valid uses that still justify it's production and sale. Similarly, if the material had been lead, there is a difference between selling lead, and selling leaded paints and gasoline, which was what i was trying to ask.SellyCat said:"Wanting to buy" is a common fallacy used to justify "market-oriented" injustices. Buying out of necessity does NOT represent rational consumer choice.