After months, perhaps years, of "China Will Eat Our Lunch" stories, I've suddenly observed a micro-epidemic of dissenting voices. These "well maybe not"-ers have focused on the following sorts of things: unrest among "other"—the roughly two-thirds/one billion Chinese, mainly on the farm, who've been left out of the "miracle;" their lot is not improved, and they are exposed daily to images of a minority who are doing extremely well. Pollution, not a matter of conscience, but concern about grave and widespread health threats. Corruption on an unprecedented scale. Burgeoning university education and R&D not all it's cracked up to be, thanks to State control and a disposition toward rote learning. Productivity gains almost all due to migration to the city rather than better worker utilization (management, organization, automation).
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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