China’s Stalinist capitalists continue to pitch the idea that they are presiding over an “ongoing socialist modernization drive,” that the whole shebang is merely an effort to accumulate the wealth needed to eventually make China into a worker’s paradise.
I might entertain the possibility that this claim is anything but a smokescreen, were it not for news like this:
Explosive growth of corporate marketing is a hallmark of and a vehicle for market totalitarianism/capitalist dictatorship. It is a technology that inherently stymies the communication habits and conditions required for creating democracy, socialism, and, ultimately, human survival.
And what do the people of China and the world get in exchange for tolerating the construction of these $4 billion disposable boondoggles? The usual Olympics agenda — another dose of extreme distraction, commercialism, and nationalism.
The world can hardly tolerate much more of those increasingly dangerous things, to say nothing of the colossal ecological wastefulness of things like building more Bird’s Nests and flying the world’s game-players and upscale spectators into thoroughly pointless, quickly forgotten quadrennial crypto-fascist schlockfests.