Thursday, October 06, 2005

Somewhere Over China

Yes, that's where I've been for the past few weeks. On The Company's dime, yes, well-housed and -fed and, when occasion dictated, -sauced. Their wi-fi ain't so great. Hence, the silence.

We were there to visit The Company's plants, as well as those of our suppliers, and potential suppliers. The work aspect was, of course, engaging and interesting and fun. However, the social observation component was moreso.

Lenin (I think, though perhaps he was putting words into Marx's mouth) said, "Religion is the opiate of the masses."

Actually, no. I-Pods are the opiate of the masses. And DVD players. And XBoxes and PS2s and Game Boys. And every other manner of consumer electronic, status symbol, a emblem of attainment.

In short, my friends, what I saw was that Rampant Materialism and Runaway Consumerism does indeed calm the savage populous.

It seemed that, so long as they had the freedom to pursue the might RMB, well, then who needs freedom of speech.

Disturbing, yes. And more to come, once I've caught up around here.


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