Breaking China — Legally

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States this past week has been met by both praise and political posturing. Hu, an intellectual with a strong sense of culture, hopes he is leading what he wishes to be “a Harmonious Society” with peaceful development. To that end, Hu said his government was prepared to “engage in dialogue and exchanges with the United States on the basis of mutual respect and the principle of noninterference in each other’s internal affairs” on human rights questions. Although it seems as if Hu is saying that he wants each nation to continue to conduct its business without interference, he also acknowledged that “A lot still needs to be done in China in terms of human rights.”

But some politicians, apparently feeling a need to make sure their home base knows they aren’t weak on Communism, have called him a dictator, gangster, and emperor. Very few have spoken out about American-owned companies downsizing and outsourcing everything to China from toys and clothing to book printing and building materials.

Although China is the world’s second largest economic power behind the U.S. and this country’s largest creditor, there is no need to fear either its economy or its military power. It has already sown the seeds of its own destruction.

In 1996, there were almost no lawyers in China. By 2000, there were 110,000. There are now almost 200,000.

With a society of lawyers, China is likely to collapse. Let’s take an example. Ling Chou is riding his bicycle on Chairman Mao Boulevard. He starts to turn left, but is hit by a bicycle being ridden by Chang Liu. Under the principles of Confucianism, before there were lawyers, the two would see if each other was hurt, help out if necessary, and apologize profusely. If a bicycle was dented, the other person would fix it. If there weren’t injuries or dents, they would shake hands and go their own ways. With lawyers, you don’t do that. Ling grabs his lawyers; Chang grabs his own lawyers. It takes six inches of paperwork, a preliminary hearing before a magistrate, and two, maybe three continuances before the case comes before a judge. Then there are the bailiffs, marshals, clerks, typists, stenographers, and court reporters. After a three-day trial — during which three doctors from each side testify, and get paid very well for their conflicting opinions about back injuries and mental trauma — the judge decides the case. The whole thing takes a year. Maybe two.

Now let’s look at the criminal side of law. In the past, Chinese citizens could walk down any street late at night and wouldn’t even worry about a “Boo!” Now, with lawyers, you have to have criminals. So the crime statistics go up. More lawyers show up. Some to prosecute. Some to defend. Before lawyers, China had work camps. Now there will be guards and wardens and rehabilitative counselors and parole boards and committees for prisoner rights, followed by committees for victim rights.

With everyone suing, defending themselves from criminals, or being criminals, the Chinese won’t have time to sew cheap coats or launch any wars.

However, in the past couple of years, President Hu’s government has gotten wise to the proliferation of lawyers. The licensing tests have become harder — only about one-fifth of the applicants pass them; and the annual fees have increased significantly.

This has caused even greater problems. When lawyers get tired of being lawyers, they become politicians, just as in the U.S. And, as in the U.S., it isn’t scientists, social workers, teachers, and other decent people who are running our government. Imagine what will happen when the lawyers finally take over the Chinese government. In a country with four times America’s population there will be four times as many mortgage crises scandals, four times as many morals scandals, and four times the number of self-serving statements that they weren’t responsible for whatever it was that went wrong in the country.

More important, there will no longer be just one Communist Party, but at least two, each one screaming at the other one, fighting meaningless battles, and filling radio, television, and the Internet with equally meaningless blather. It’ll only be a short time until the lawyer-led political system paralyzes a 4,000-year-old civilization that has given us great literature, music, sculpture, fashion, architecture, cuisine, and the use of martial arts for peaceful reasons.

With the rise of lawyers and political parties, even America’s corporations wouldn’t outsource their products to a nation like that — not for all the tea (parties) in China.

Walter Brasch, during a 40-year work career in mass communications, has been a member of several unions, in both the private and public sectors. He is a syndicated newspaper columnist and the author of 16 books, including With Just Cause: Unionization of the American Journalist, Before the First Snow: Stories from the Revolution, and his latest Fracking Pennsylvania. He can be contacted at: Read other articles by Walter, or visit Walter's website.

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  1. bozh said on January 21st, 2011 at 8:31am #

    walter, please, not another u.s! whatever, but not u.s. and u’r forgetting that u.s. is governed by a duopolic power: god and devil.
    the other dupoly or the two fascist parties u’r thinking of is subservient to numero uno duopoly!
    china is governed by a monopolic power: goddevil or devilgod. and so i am. so, i root for chinese monopolic system of rule and structure of society.

    u.s., thinking duopolicly, builds churches for godfull people and jails for godless.
    china, thinking monoisticly [onedirectionally], builds only jails and only for godfull or duopolicly-thinking people.
    so let’s not get confused! there r differences and not only in cuisine or spitting on sidewalk, marrying women half or two thirds one’s age, or larry kings. tnx

  2. marklar said on January 21st, 2011 at 11:23am #

    A nice little fantasy but little more than a lawyer joke for the most part.

  3. hayate said on January 21st, 2011 at 12:47pm #

    I hear in nyc ambulances now have skateboards attached by rope to their rear bumpers so that lawyers can hop on. Chinese ambulances don’t have this ambulance chaser aid so this is one human rights area the israeloamericans can criticise China about incessantly in their zionist media.

  4. lichen said on January 21st, 2011 at 4:51pm #

    He is a dictator, a human rights abuser, and far from a communist, a radical capitalist that ferries his own people into sweatshops. In that sense, China is a great partner for the US; both are rogue regimes, right wing scum stealing and occupying territory, killing and torturing political opponents.

  5. hayate said on January 21st, 2011 at 7:38pm #

    And the worst sin of all about China and it’s guv?

    It’s not zionist dominated. That’s the real problem. That is the real reason one sees zionists bitching about China.

  6. lichen said on January 21st, 2011 at 10:13pm #

    You’d support, defend, and whitewash Mussolini if he had so much as a lukewarm position against israel. That is what ideology is; a philosophy that excuses right wing, radical capitalist, anti-human policies.

  7. 3bancan said on January 22nd, 2011 at 2:28am #

    lichen said on January 21st, 2011 at 10:13pm #

    Typical zionazi blather…

  8. bozh said on January 22nd, 2011 at 8:37am #

    very true: there are no ‘jews’ in china– or i hope so. and in china, thanks our goddevil, no democrats—only, seems, timocrats.
    all chinese demokrats r in jail. too bad! china shld send them to israel, india, egypt and such idyllic places! tnx

  9. hayate said on January 22nd, 2011 at 1:19pm #

    lichen said on January 21st, 2011 at 10:13pm #

    “You’d support, defend, and whitewash Mussolini if he had so much as a lukewarm position against israel. That is what ideology is; a philosophy that excuses right wing, radical capitalist, anti-human policies.”

    That’s funny. And as with all slander from sayanim, it’s the opposite of reality. It was YOUR people, lichen who worshipped mussolini and his fascism:

    Lenni Brenner

    Zionism in the Age of the Dictators

    10. Zionist-Revisionism and Italian Fascism


    But YOUR ziofascists didn’t stop there, lichen, YOUR people also offered to ally with nazi Germany against the Allies and YOUR people even claimed to have the same goals as the nazis in the offer:

    Lenni Brenner

    Zionism in the Age of the Dictators

    26. The Stern Gang


    And also see:

    Stern Gang

    Fundamental Features of the Proposal of the National Military Organization in Palestine (Irgun Zvai Leumi) Concerning the Solution of the Jewish Question in Europe and the Participation of the NMO in the War on the Side of Germany (1941)


  10. catguy00 said on January 22nd, 2011 at 3:07pm #

    Please can someone honestly explain what Zionism has to do with US foreign policy in the far east???

  11. bozh said on January 22nd, 2011 at 4:13pm #

    how does one, first of all, define [elucidate] zionism? or do we have to? i say no! so i won’t!
    that doesn’t mean i can’t list what certain ‘jews’ do! and that’s all i need to do for me!
    no document had been discovered which wld prove that solely one or more ‘jews’ in america had ever enacted an u.s. law or formed-executed an u.s. foreign policy action.

    how about bombing of hiroshima and nagasaki or s.e. asia? who commanded and executed it?
    i am not saying that certain number of ‘jews’ do not approbate a-bombings and killing about 3-4 mn asians.
    chomsky did not. how about now?
    i just don’t see any indication that u.s. domestic and foreign policy ever changed.
    just listen to blood-curdling and for blood-calling usa, usa, usa crowd and clearly see that what u.s, does is fiercely approved of and commanded by u.s. constitution to do: expand, baby, expand and by any means whatever.

    and how often one must hear God Bless America, We Are A Nation of Laws, etc. to be convinced that it is not a people, people, or cult [altho it may] which govern u.s., but laws.

    so, what has zionism to do with u.s. foreign policy? both r the same: land stealing with murder-expulsion in mind! tnx

  12. Don Hawkins said on January 22nd, 2011 at 4:35pm #

    Yes indeed and what I just posted from Sagan now color me crazy but maybe Obama could read that at the State of the Union can’t think of a better time than 2011. We will probably hear about moving to the center hope and a better future for all life on Earth. The only center we are moving to is the center of the Galaxy. Such prison’s for the mind.

  13. Don Hawkins said on January 22nd, 2011 at 5:18pm #

    Two point’s first the washing machine and second the Antikythera mechanism the washing machine was built for profit the Antikythera mechanism was built for knowledge.

    The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced /?ænt?k?????r?/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-? or pronounced /?ænt??k???r?/ ANT-i-KITH-?-r?), is an ancient mechanical computer[1][2] designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck.[3] Its significance and complexity were not understood until decades later. Its time of construction is now estimated between 150 and 100 BCE.[4] The degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to a 19th century Swiss clock.[5] Technological artifacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks were built in Europe. Wiki

    The Mayan calendar and the fractal patterns of the McKenna brothers are only human constructs, descriptions of our journey through time. But out in our galaxy there is a giant wheel revolving – we are actually on a slow wobble and the stars are just appearing to revolve. This “precession of the equinoxes” takes 25,800 years to complete one cycle, and within this cycle we can observe conjunctions in the heavens between the stars and our solar system. Survive 2012

    To comprehend the ‘ages’ you need to understand that it takes 25,800 years for the Earth’s axis to complete one clockwise circle, like the motion of a spinning top. This cycle of our planet is referred to as the Platonic Year, named after Plato, or the precession of the equinoxes or also the Great Year. mysteries of the ages

    Reconstruction of a Neanderthal child from Gibraltar (Anthropological Institute, University of Zürich)
    Neanderthal extinction hypotheses are theories about how Neanderthals became extinct around 30,000 years ago.[1] Ever since their discovery, both the Neanderthals’ place in the human family tree and their relation to modern Europeans have been hotly debated. At different times they have been classified as a separate species (Homo neanderthalensis) and as a subspecies of Homo sapiens (Homo sapiens neanderthalensis). Wiki

    And today in 2012 we have the mashing machine and the Sun set’s in the East the only problem on our present path we human’s will not be around to see it set.

  14. lichen said on January 22nd, 2011 at 6:02pm #

    “Please can someone honestly explain what Zionism has to do with US foreign policy in the far east???”

    Absolutely nothing, unless you’re a hyper-reductionist conspiracy theorist obsessed with the idea that “world jewry” is dominating all politics everywhere. There is no challenging these people intellectually, as anyone who disagrees with them about it is a “zionazi.”