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「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Sunday, December 04, 2011




【American Enterprise Institute(AEI)】Why we need not envy China~Jonah Goldberg
Up to 40 million Chinese people still live in caves.
That’s more than the populations of Texas and Illinois combined. In fairness, a fraction of these caves are apparently pretty nice, complete with electricity and well-compacted dirt floors. But that’s grading on a curve because, well, they’re still caves.

Meanwhile, 21 million Chinese live below what the Communist party calls the “absolute poverty” line. That sounds pretty good if you have in mind our poverty line, which is just under $11,000 per year for an individual and roughly $22,000 for a family of four.

The absolute poverty rate in China is $90 a year, or $7.50 per month. And 35 million live on less than $125 per year. Hundreds of millions of Chinese live on $1 or $2 a day.

Michael Levy, who recently wrote a book on his stint as a Peace Corps worker in rural China (yes, China still asks for Peace Corps help), put it well in an interview with NPR: “Imagine that there’s a country exactly like the United States. Exactly the same size. It’s got the same cities. It’s got the same number of rich people and poor people. It’s just like us. And now add 1 billion peasants. That’s China.”

And yet that’s the country President Obama insists we need to emulate. “Everybody’s watching what’s going on in Beijing right now with the Olympics,” then-candidate Obama told an audience in Virginia in 2008. “Think about the amount of money that China has spent on infrastructure.

Their ports, their train systems, their airports are vastly superior to us now, which means if you are a corporation deciding where to do business you’re starting to think, Beijing looks like a pretty good option.”

Obama has returned to campaign mode and his fear-China refrain. To listen to Obama, China’s beating us in some sort of infrastructure race. “Folks in Congress are also going to get a chance to decide . . . whether our construction workers should sit around doing nothing while China builds the best railroads, the best schools, the best airports in the world.”

Maybe we could use more infrastructure spending, but China’s got nothing to do with it. The reason China has invested massively in infrastructure is simply that it has relatively little of it. America has 5,194 airports with paved runways (the only kind I use, how about you?).

That’s more than 11 times China’s 442. In fact, you can add up the paved airports of the next 10 countries combined, and America beats them with more than a thousand airports to spare. We have nearly twice the roadways China does and almost three times the railways.

Ah, but China is investing in high-speed rail! Which, we are told, will help us win the future. Except that China has, in the words of London’s Financial Times, “slammed the brakes” on its high-speed rail program for a slew of safety and economic reasons.

What people don’t often mention is that we have the best freight system in the world (in Europe, they move people on rails and cargo on roads; we mostly do the opposite because we’re so much more spread out).

That’s why Warren Buffett — the president’s favorite billionaire — has invested massively in freight rail. Alas, switching to high-speed rail in the U.S. would seriously threaten the efficiency of our system.

Obviously, China’s a formidable economic player, and a growing military and diplomatic power. But only a fool would trade our problems for theirs (even though Obama has reportedly told friends he envies the president of China for having an easier job).

China’s health and safety standards are abysmal compared with America’s. China’s air is crunchy, its rivers often flammable. Their housing bubble could make ours look like a minor correction. Demographically, China is still on target to get old before it gets rich.

Moreover, China’s social fabric is in dire need of repair. Just consider the recent horrifying footage of a two-year-old toddler who was struck by two vehicles and was left to die in agony in the middle of a busy street as passersby ignored her.

The New York Times reported this summer that, in some regions, it is common for officials to snatch newborn babies from parents — and sell them. Indeed, China has a thriving market in children. And do you really think our problems with income inequality are worse than China’s?

Oh, and let’s not forget: It’s still an autocratic police state.

Obama is hardly alone in his effort to mythologize China in order to justify expansion of government. Times columnist Tom Friedman — who has written often of his envy for China’s authoritarian system — begins his new book comparing the unreliable escalators at his neighborhood subway station with a glitzy convention center in China, in order to suggest that China is winning the future. It’s as instructive as comparing his mansion in Bethesda, Md., to a Chinese CAVE.

以上是我讀完明報每週六刊登的:外地評論摘要:《不必眼紅中國》 後,急急找出原文來閱讀。明報既然指是摘要,因此明報沒有將原文嘲笑中國:『四千萬中國人是穴居的!』都翻譯出來。

【明報專訊】《不必眼紅中國》美國企業研究所(AEI)11月4日評論文章 作者:Jonah Goldberg 中共指中國有 2100萬赤貧人口,若中國貧窮線與美國一樣那還好,只是中國赤貧的定義是年收入少於 90美元,另外,還有 3500萬人每年的生活費少於 125美元。有作者形容,中國等於是美國的翻版,再加 10億農民人口。

總統奧巴馬堅持我們要學習這個國家。中國大力投資基建,因為中國很缺乏。美國有 5194個機場有鋪設好的跑道,是中國的 442個的11倍以上。美國機場的數目,較隨後 10個國家總和多 1000個。我們的公路差不多是中國的兩倍,鐵路長度約是中國 3倍。





Jonah Goldberg 何許人也? 照維基百科有以下記載:

【維基百科】Jonah Jacob Goldberg (born March 21, 1969) is an American conservative syndicated columnist and author. Goldberg is known for his contributions on politics and culture to National Review Online, of which he is editor-at-large. He is the author of Liberal Fascism (2008), which reached #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

He appears on such television programs as Good Morning America, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Real Time with Bill Maher, Larry King Live, Your World with Neil Cavuto and most recently the Glenn Beck Program and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is also a frequent participant on

【維基百科】The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is a conservative think tank founded in 1943.

Its stated mission is "to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism—limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate."

AEI is an independent nonprofit organization supported primarily by grants and contributions from foundations, corporations, and individuals. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

AEI 是美國保守派陣營的 think tank 智庫,而這位訪問美國的 AEI 學者兼名嘴 Jonah Goldberg先生說:『有四千萬中國人是穴居的』,相信是指中國西北黃土高原獨有的“窯洞”式住宅群。






當然中國仍然有很多方面確是不足,中國仍然是一個發展中國家,偏遠的貧窮省市城鄉居民,仍然住在簡陋的屋子確是事實。美國卻是居於發達國家之中的首位,兩黨政府歷來都不惜向外舉巨債,利用豐厚財源給予公民優越福利,力保護執政權。要把中國和美國比較,是如拿金蘋果與小橘子之間的比較,這位 Goldberg先生應該清楚明白得很。

而且文章中說:『總統奧巴馬堅持我們要學習這個國家(中國)。』是美國人自己說的,奧巴馬屬於民主黨,雖然維基百科沒有明說他是共和黨人,但卻有提及他屬於 conservative syndicated,故此希望 Goldberg 先生不要把美國的民主攻和黨爭烈火,燒到中國來。

再者,Goldberg先生 與 Tom Friedman先生 之間,看來有著嚴重的意見分歧,前者揶揄後者在馬里蘭州的大宅時,也不用把中國西北部黃土高原別具特色的“窯洞”式住宅,混為一談。

美國就是充滿著這一些保守愛國的寫稿佬名嘴,他們在大眾傳播的 networks 網絡上接受訪問,在報章雜誌發稿,總誓要語出驚人誓不休,因為這就是他們的賣點! 至於廣大的美國民眾,懵閉閉咁就信以為真,有四千萬中國人是 caveman 哈哈哈!

有腦的中國商人,應該趕快到美國舉辦來華參觀“穴居人 Caveman” 的特式旅遊團,還把這位 Jonah Goldberg先生聘請為穴居旅遊大使,專責推廣這個 Caveman 穴居人之旅。包括:居住不同星級的“洞穴”套房,品嚐不同級別的穴居“cuisines”,和中國穴居人小孩婦女拍照。

Why we need not envy China by Jonah Goldberg
不必眼紅中國 雅虎新聞網
Jonah Goldberg 維基百科
American Enterprise Institute AEI 維基百科
窑洞(簡體) 百度百科


Ebenezer said...


the inner space said...


Haricot 微豆 said...

I would take it with a grain of salt while reading articles from these so-called conservative think-tanks.

the inner space said...

HBB,一般西方愛心爆棚的鄉巴佬鄉下婆,連中國在地球上那一處都未知,還以為中國政府又欺壓 "穴居人" Cavemen Cavewomen Cavechildren Cavefamily,沒有人權 no human rights 喇!

As I stated in my article:美國就是充滿著這一些保守愛國的寫稿佬名嘴,他們在大眾傳播的 networks 網絡上接受訪問,在報章雜誌發稿,總誓要語出驚人誓不休,因為這就是他們的賣點!

微豆兄 for you ”I would take it with a grain of salt“ being skeptical 但至於廣大的西方民眾,懵閉閉咁就信以為真。