A reader accurately pointed out that the threatened writing change was quickly forgotten and my last blog was in the same vein as previous. And he’s right. I keep being despicable me and I have trouble changing. THAT is the real story: Guy struggles to change, remains the same.
Oh well, I am not the first to try to deviate from my genetic disposition, cultural heritage and situational circumstances. Look at Bruce Jenner (if you can). The struggle to change is not really the prime issue. It is the desire to grow that is the goal. You want to be all that you can be without having to join the army. Plus, you want to explore that which you are not so that you can see if anything else is in there and just hiding. Maybe there is a slim, handsome genius in there somewhere…shouldn’t I, at the very least, go look?
In the meantime, I will carry on with the same old, same old but know this: the search for Dave has NOT been called off! Rescue crews are still deployed. We have not given up hope just yet.
Let us return to economics for a bit – the study of human behaviour-by-numbers. And remember that all views expressed (by anyone, actually) are like the view of Manhattan from the perspective of an ant.
China had a war in the early 60’s with India over disputed territory. They both want it. It is rock and desert and can’t sustain rats or bugs but they fought over it. It is now ‘disputed territory’. China is also spreading it’s influence by way of it’s navy and huge engineering projects in the South China Sea. Some fifty or 60 years ago, China annexed Tibet and has claimed it as it’s own and seems to have succeeded since even the Dalai Lama has resigned from any political role there. And China claims Taiwan, of course.
So we can conclude that China has a sense of manifest destiny – just like the US did as they spread west to the Pacific a couple of centuries ago. They just ‘feel’ that a certain chunk of the planet is theirs and they are claiming it. Fair enough, I guess. The US. did that. Canada is doing that with our re-assertions over the north. Russia did it and still does it.
But, with the exception of Canada, everyone else seems inclined to morph from manifest destiny to imperialism without so much as a hiccup. And China is manifesting imperialistic inclinations in Africa in a significant way. They are building highways, railroads and bridges and all sorts of things in Africa in exchange for resources and influence. Today China is being classically imperialistic.
But (and here’s the point of today’s blog) they are also being innovatively imperialistic. They are simply buying BC. And we are selling it! We are selling our province for filthy lucre. We sold Richmond first. Then we sold portions of every Lower Mainland neighbourhood. Now we are selling all the best neighbourhoods willy nilly.
“Dave, that’s just the nature of immigration all over the world!”
That’s what I thought. Now, I am not so sure.
I need to reiterate at this point that I have no problem with Chinese people. They are just like us only slightly smaller and better at math. And they have great food. So, what’s not to like? But think of it like this: an ambitious government wants to expand. It wants to have an international empire on which the sun never sets. So how do they do that? In the old days, you sent warships and disease and killed the foreigners, raped the women, sold the young into slavery and imposed your will. Tried and true methods. It worked.
But the US added a wrinkle. They introduced their currency as the common denominator of international business and their popular culture as a soft-invader along with the killing and all. That proved to be an even more effective way to take over the world. China is now doing all of that and adding a new tactic. They simply pay the asking price. They even pay 10% more than the asking price when they have to. China has embraced Capitalism as an invasionary force. And it, too, is working.
Are the real estate prices in Vancouver (average house price: $1.3 million) just the result of normal immigration? Or is something else going on? If you also consider the effects of climate change (north-bound migration from ‘hot zones-getting-hotter’) and the desirability of British Columbia in the context as a gateway to North America, then BC has more appeal than just as a new home to a single immigrant family. Add into that equation China’s imperialistic ambitions and BC starts to look like a long term target.
“Oh, you are just being silly. But you are right about one thing – it is obviously time for a change. You are getting nutty!”