A brief fisking.
So why was opium smoking so devastating among China’s poor? Adulteration, says Midler. In the extreme, a cheap variety named Hankow Cake contained no opium at all, only sesame seeds. Midler:
Historians are so hell-bent on blaming the West for everything that went wrong with China in the nineteenth century that they have no room for an investigation into the serious possibility that the nation may have actually poisoned itself.
I would like to see some rigorous historical research on that, but it’s not implausible, and fits very well with the tiresome Chinese bellyaching about the wrongs done to them by foreigners.
How does it differ from Chinese fraud and mendacity today?
Chinese people acknowledge that an individual fellow-countryman may be wicked, but China as a nation can do no wrong.
National self-esteem is of course not an exclusively Chinese phenomenon. We Americans—well, some of us—treasure our “exceptionalism.” Chinese propagandists take it to the extreme, though.
Midler calls it “collective narcissism” and quotes Lucian Pye, writing fifty years ago:
Nothing can be wrong with the Chinese spirit and their inward identity. All problems must lie outside and therefore be the work of “foreigners.”
But, of course.
Leszek Kolakowski in Main Currents of Marxism described Mao Tse-tung Thought as “a naïve repetition of a few commonplaces of Leninist-Stalinist Marxism.” He allows, however, that Mao was “one of the greatest, if not the very greatest, manipulator of large masses of human beings in the twentieth century.”
So Maoism was a cheap Chinese knock-off of Marxism-Leninism.
Copy, copy, copy, steal, steal, steal…what else is new for the race of human photocopiers?
Why are so many of us so forgivingly fond of this exasperating, paradoxical, unstable place?
Pathetic White nerds have Yellow Fever, that’s why. The “awkward squad” wants to get laid.
Paul Midler quotes from the answer given by Progressive sociologist Edward Alsworth Ross in 1911.
Chinese are extremely likable and those who have known them longest like them best. Almost invariably those who harshly disparage them are people who are coarse or narrow or bigoted. They are not a sour or sullen folk. Smile at them and back comes a look that puts you on a footing of mutual understanding. Their lively sense of humor is a bond that unites them to the foreigner.
Substitute “Chinese” with “Negroes” and Derbyshire would rightly mock this quote, rife as it is with smug moral posturing: all you Chinese haters simply don’t know them. Excuse my language, but…bullshit.
Ross (1866-1951) is an odd person for Midler to quote in this context. He would himself be denounced as the worst kind of bigot today. He was a race realist, nativist, and eugenicist who strongly objected to race mixing—so strongly, he was fired from his professorship at Stanford in 1900 for his views.
In 1900! Well, anyway, what’s the surprise? A Nordicist HBD type who liked East Asians. Who would have ever guessed?
Much as he liked the Chinese, Ross did not want them settling in the U.S.A. This is a perfectly tenable position, although intolerably shocking to present-day orthodoxies.
Yes, it’s tenable. Can the Derbyshire family please leave then?
Ross got the likability right, though, and “those who have known them longest like them best.” (Rodney Gilbert may have been an exception.)
Right…the usual SJW song and dance about how “only Whites who don’t know Coloreds are the ones who are bigoted against them.” Derbyshire himself would scoff at that regarding Blacks, why can’t we similarly scoff about Yellows? I know Chinese very well. I don’t like them.
And to the further collective credit of the Chinese must be added this: Unlike the nations of the West today, they have no intention of opening up the borders of their nation to tens of millions of foreigners. Stupidity on that scale is peculiarly Western.
Yes, but having Jews around poisoning the well of sociopolitical discourse does not help.
What’s wrong with us?
We let former illegal alien Dreamer Derbyshire stay in America, bringing in his alien wife and producing mixed-race children.
Here’s the solution to the whole problem. People who don’t like China and the Chinese should not live in China (likewise, Munro should get the hell out of Romania). But, please, can we remove all people who posses Chinese descent – part or full – and those married to them from America?