McCommunism: The Opening Ceremony
Okay, you know I have to talk about the Opening Ceremony.
Not because the humanistic aspirations of the Chinese people aren't real and true and moving.
But because the political aspirations of the Chinese government are more disturbing than the last eight years of US foreign policy.
"These Olympics are the coming out party for a disturbingly efficient way of organizing society, one that China has perfected over the past three decades. It is a potent hybrid of the most powerful political tools of authoritarianism communism -- central planning, merciless repression, constant surveillance -- harnessed to advance the goals of global capitalism. Some call it "authoritarian capitalism," others "market Stalinism," personally I prefer "McCommunism."
If I had been twittering while watching the Opening Ceremony, instead of driving everyone in my house crazy exclaiming over every little thing, this is how my twitter log would read:
That's a lot of technology. That's a lot of money. This ceremony is really long. This is like a super creative military exhibition. The Americans are really rocking the Ralph Lauren. Cheerleaders in white go-go boots, fifteen male athletes to every female athlete? Thank goodness for Patsy Mink and Title IX.
How can every country be represented except Tibet? What about the priceless Buddhist teachings destroyed by Chinese military? My teacher's teacher shot and killed? The Tibetans watching this and weeping? All the Chinese dissidents being tortured at this moment? What about China's rapidly developing relationship with Africa--taking oil, selling guns?
What's up with George Bush looking at his watch? He probably doesn't have the option of opting out of attendance. Perhaps because the US owes China over 400 billion dollars. Or because our economy is based on cheap Chinese imports. Or because America is 300 million citizens strong to China's 1.3 billion. They can raise an army the size of our entire nation and leave a billion civilians at home.
I'm glad my friend Julia, owner of Little Pim, is sending a Chinese foreign language DVD for Tenzin.
Did they say that little boy went back to save his friends trapped in the earthquake because it was his responsibility? Because he was a hall guard? That little boy is a symbol, not just for China, but for humanity. At every moment, we can choose to do the right thing. That's our only hope. Except that...our only hope was just appropriated by McCommunism.
Am I right?
I know you're busy--but I'd love to read even a few of your thoughts.