On 06/08/2012 11:35 PM, Patrick Elliott-Brennan wrote:
Dennis K wrote:

It's not so much that its a different country, but that its a new
economy which hasn't gotten to the "fat, lazy" stage yet.  I'm sure,
given time, any company will become lazy and undynamic.


I think, Dennis, that you're misreading the facts. The Chinese economic
system is a blisteringly violent mechanism with little to no interest in
worker rights and little in the way of concern for their safety.  Community
safety is also a low priority.

A relative who lives in Hong Kong tells me all about the crappy engineering
that gets passed as 'fit' over there. Additionally there was an engineering
inspector on the ABC just last week saying that during his time over there
he was appalled by the shoddy work and dangerous consequences.

It's easy to make a radical change or 'fix' a problem in these
circumstances. It's possible to be impressed until you consider the cost.
These are the greater causes of the differences, rather than some idealised
notion of being "lean" or "without fat" or "new".

Regards,
Patrick
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I'm in agreement there. The Chinese economy is "Authoritarian Capitalism". You see, the socio-economic system that we operate under, works better when you dispose of ideals like valuing life, democracy, freedom of speech, etc.

The fact of that matter is, it is beneficial for the owner of an enterprise, in terms of productivity and profits, to have workers who have the least rights possible, the least quality of life possible without it impacting on their productivity.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not envious, and I would oppose in the strictest terms following their "lead", which is what some seem to suggest we should do. But as long as our countries are run for the purposes of meeting the requirements of big business in a global economy, we'll have this situation.


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