Tune in next week when the Empire State goes Red & Black to honor the Nazis *UPDATED*

Okay, maybe I’m overreacting, but WHAT THE HELL IS THE EMPIRE STATE DOING HONORING A BRUTAL REGIME THAT KILLED TENS OF MILLIONS OF ITS OWN CITIZENS, THAT STILL PUNISHES SPEECH WITH TORTURE AND DEATH, THAT USES SLAVE LABOR, AND THAT SEES ITS POLITICAL PRISONERS AS ORGAN DONOR MACHINES?

Just asking.

And yes, I’m definitely a hypocrite, because my house is filled with things made in China.  The sad fact is that there is a lot of stuff nowadays that you can’t buy at all unless you’re willing to accept Chinese manufacture.  Most Chinese goods are poorly made (and that’s not even touching upon the food poisoning and lead poisoning issues) so, as a savvy consumer, I try to avoid them, something separate from also trying to be a relatively principled shopper.  The fact remains, though, that Chinese goods are ubiquitous and my money supports that regime.  I still think, however, that being a prisoner of the marketplace is different from giving the Communist government itself the kind of accolade and honor that goes with colors on the Empire State.

UPDATE:  I’m not the only one asking this question.

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  • Deana

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    This is absolutely outrageous.

    This is shaping up to be yet another day when I can’t bear to watch the news.

  • Ariel

    Around 10 years ago I tried to avoid at all cost buying Chinese goods, and avoided Wal-Mart for that reason among others. Guess what, I couldn’t do it when I went looking for a set of needle nose pliers. I was buying a lot of tools to “complete” my motorcycle tool chest and I couldn’t find a single set of needle-nose that wasn’t from China. At that point I knew I was defeated. I had hoped India would out-compete China but that isn’t seemingly happening.

    And, yes, honoring the regime that brought its people the “Cultural Revolution” among other atrocities is disgusting.

  • suek

    Ariel…

    Today it’s lightbulbs – they’re virtually all made in China.

    A day without China would be a day without light!

    (Those HIDs that they use to light up the towers were probably also made in China…how appropriate!)

  • George Bruce

    Maybe the Chinese own it.

  • http://thomaschronicles.com Thomas

    You forgot how our President is taking down the US flag and raising the Chinese flag to honor the day. But, it’s only for that day.

    Happy Tuesday.

    http://www.drudge.com/news/124813/obama-raise-chinese-flag-south

  • SADIE

    Some political version of painting the town ‘red’ or taking a bite out of the Big Apple.

  • Ariel

    suek,

    I know. And it hurts that we have to depend on a Communist, however pragmatic, country to supply such a basic item as lightbulbs, incandescent or otherwise. I still check labels, if only for the “sigh” factor.

  • Danny Lemieux

    I will go against the flow on this one: I have no objections with trading with China. There are many forces at work in China today. The people responsible for the Cultural Revolution are long gone. Sure, there are still atrocities happening in China but there are many other things developing as well (fastest growing Christian population in the world) that indicate to me that China is evolving into something better.

    Trade helps keep our countries interdependent, encourages the “good” forces of capitalism and Judeo-Christian values in China, and makes it more unlikely that we will start fighting with each other. Sure, we can oppose them politically and economically on principle, but sticking our finger in China’s eye doesn’t help their evolution one bit.

    China is a bit like Iran: there are very bad influences at play there, but there are good ones as well. We want to undercut the bad influences while at the same time encouraging the good influences. It’s not easy.

  • BrianE

    China holds more of our debt (more than $800 billion) than any other country, and we need them to keep buying our debt.
    We only have ourselves to blame for this.
    By keeping their currency pegged to the dollar for so long, they did keep the rest of the world off American store shelves.
    We are now joined at the pocketbook.

  • Charles Martel

    I agree with Danny that we don’t want to go around sticking our finger in China’s eye.

    On the other hand, just as we never publicly celebrated the Bolshevik coup of 1917, I see no reason to celebrate in any way the coming to power of the most murderous regime in human history—estimates now put the death toll at 70 million.

  • suek

    This looks like bad news for the Chinese. Of course, if their economy stalls, what will that mean for _our_ economy? Who will lend us all the bucks we’ll need for O’s super programs???

    http://benbittrolff.blogspot.com/2009/08/shanghai-2000-or-less.html

    What’s that old Chinese curse…”May you live in interesting times!” ? Looks like life is getting more and more interesting.

    Curses!

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Danny:

    You’re right about keeping channels open, and the Chinese regime is not, currently, a threat to us.

    Charles:

    You’re right that it’s one thing to keep channels open and another thing entirely to celebrate one of the bloodiest regimes in history.

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  • http://home.earthlink.net/~nooriginalthought/ Charles

    Just an FYI;

    The local TV news here in the New York viewing area has picked up on this and was showing video footage of people protesting outside the Empire State Building today. (Noon on Oct 1, 2009 on Channel 7 – the ABC local station)