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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The blessings of free trade

It's interesting to see that the West is suddenly discovering the intrinsic dangers of free trade when it is China providing services to other nations:
China could shut off the Philippines' power grid at will, a report has warned - highlighting fears about Beijing's role in infrastructure around the world. A report for Philippine lawmakers found that the country's national security 'is completely compromised' by China's access to the power grid.

Chinese engineers have exclusive access to parts of the system and could shut it down remotely, the report seen by CNN reveals. The findings will spark alarm in the West where China is helping to build a new nuclear power station in the UK and has already faced sanctions from the US.
But why would this cause any problems? Surely the New Filipinos who happen to be of Chinese descent love their new country and are just as Filipino as those whose great-great-grandparents were born in Manila are!

Paper nationalism is, and has always been, a shameless lie told by immigrants to advantage themselves vis-a-vis the native populations. 

And who cares if China can shut off the Philippines' power grid anyhow. The important thing is that the arrangement is more economically efficient, right? And nothing is more important than economic efficiency!

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31 Comments:

Blogger dc.sunsets November 26, 2019 8:06 AM  

How about all those (someting-)Americans who hold important positions within the US military structure, particularly those involving nuclear, chemical or (worst by far) biological weapons?

It's not a melting pot. It's a cauldron.

Blogger thechortling November 26, 2019 8:23 AM  

before leftism dissolved any capacity for cogent thought, John Perkins wrote about 3rd world debt enslavement in the original Confessions of an Economic Hitman. Ironically, the Phillipines' power grid in the 1970s was one of his major cases-in-point.

Blogger p_q November 26, 2019 8:31 AM  

There are similar pitfalls in the right to repair, if companies dont have to detail the inner workings of their products and are free to interfere with independent repair and reverse engineering then any critical systems that rely on said products are at the behest of the company. The US military is so dumb as to have exclusive repair contracts with some companies and cannot even try to fix things in house. Capitalism in this form is sensitive to shock, i wouldn't be surprised if only a handful of engineers are capable of servicing equipment at some companies (which is why they always replace instead of actually repairing). China or some other hostile country could probably cripple the us military by bombing engineering departments at select companies.

Blogger The Lab Manager November 26, 2019 8:36 AM  

Nothing more libertardian than more efficiency at the expense of a country's citizen. And don't forget the altar of shareholder value.

Blogger bodenlose Schweinerei November 26, 2019 8:41 AM  

And of course, just like letting banks gamble with your savings or giving bloated home loans to anyone with a pulse, the negative consequences simply could not be foreseen. No one could have imagined such a debacle, it's unpossible!

Blogger Iron Spartan November 26, 2019 9:08 AM  

China would never shut off the power to the Philippians because it would hurt them economically, and nothing is worse than an economic slow down.

I mean its not like the ChiComs have a history of starving or massacring their own people.

Blogger andrisf November 26, 2019 9:10 AM  

Only complete idiot would allow China to build nuclear power plant and not because possible "remote shutdown" but because very realistic meltdown due to shit quality of the builders and materials.

Blogger NegrosBear November 26, 2019 9:11 AM  

Meh the Philipines has been a vassel on and off again to the mainland for thousands of years and had waves of Han come over during that time. Hell most of the Elite here trace there decent from Ming refugees fleeing from the Manchus.

Just time to be a vassel again nothing out of the ordinary historically speaking

Blogger Johnny November 26, 2019 9:16 AM  

Outside mainland China there is a long lived Chinese diaspora in the region. A situation much like the Jew in Europe, and they get the same resentments as Jews for similar reasons. That is why the Vietnamese ran the Chinese out following the fall of South Vietnam. Just as well for the Vietnamese because China is a potential imperial power in the region. So far most Asiatics haven't bought into the holy writ of immigration and minorities.

Blogger Barbarossa November 26, 2019 9:23 AM  

You'd think the Filipinos would welcome the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint.

Blogger Oswald November 26, 2019 9:35 AM  

I was watching a cooking show the other day. There was this immigrant from Vietnam. He had been here since the 70s. The interviewer ask him about how he felt towards America vs Vietnam after living here longer than he had lived in Vietnam. His answer was very telling. He said:

I like America, but I love my home country. How could he be trusted if we were at war with Vietnam? This situation must surely apply to almost any immigrant in regards to their home country.

Blogger OneWingedShark November 26, 2019 9:38 AM  

p_q wrote:The US military is so dumb as to have exclusive repair contracts with some companies and cannot even try to fix things in house.
You sum up my feelings on this matter quite nicely — it used to be that service in the military meant you could pick up a variety of skills: from roofing to plumbing to management, albeit informally, because [before the contractors-do-everything craze] they would do their own housing-maintenance, laundry, etc. Nowadays you're lucky to be able to transfer your MOS training laterally to the civilian world. (As the punch line to one of the Private Murphy's Law put it: "How much is a civilian infantryman making these days?")

The Lab Manager wrote:Nothing more libertardian than more efficiency at the expense of a country's citizen. And don't forget the altar of shareholder value.
I don't know that that's "Libertarian", it's more Boomer — I read a nice writeup by a Gen-Xer yesterday about how they watched Boomers "climb the ladder, and then pull it up after them", essentially doing everything they could to screw over anyone coming after them, usually justified by "efficiency" or "cost" but sometimes just a big 'screw you guys, I got mine!' like making student debt non-dischargeable via bankruptcy.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 26, 2019 9:46 AM  

And when we consider that most of the "economic efficiency" foisted on us is already to make up for, or absorbed in two minutes by, the gibs and entitlement programs, the need for fire comes up.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine November 26, 2019 9:49 AM  

"The important thing is that the arrangement is more economically efficient, right? And nothing is more important than economic efficiency!"

One Chain to bring them all,
And in the darkness, bind them.

Blogger cecilhenry November 26, 2019 9:50 AM  

'Give me economic efficiency or give me death...'

said no one ever.

Blogger Shane Bradman November 26, 2019 9:51 AM  

This is the result of any trade agreements and immigration policy which hands over political power to foreign nations: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50541082

Trade is a weapon of war far more effective than military combat.

Blogger dienw November 26, 2019 10:05 AM  

@9
Outside mainland China there is a long lived Chinese diaspora in the region.

There is a considerable Chinese diaspora in the United States. Some are soldiers here as solar power technicians; others are here under the aegis of the UN as blue-helmeted peacekeepers; even others are here posing as university students; all according to Dave Hodges and his colleagues. The Chinese are major supporters of Calexit and they control the drug cartel, including MS13.

They will have to be dealt with.

Blogger Newscaper312 November 26, 2019 10:27 AM  

"Efficiency is the enemy of reliability" -- Jerry Pournelle

Re: Chinese diaspora...
Thomas Sowell drew some really smart parallels between the roles and experiences of the diaspora Jews in the West and the expat Chinese in the East, including being powerful and drawing backlashes. However, he never quite connects the dots to the extent of backlashes being merited and not just envy.

Blogger Newscaper312 November 26, 2019 10:35 AM  

@3 "China or some other hostile country could probably cripple the us military by bombing engineering departments at select companies."

I worked at one company, in "healthcare revenue cycle software" where I was key guy on a big integration project w Cerner, largest HIS, hospital info systems. outfit in the US (world?). Part of the contract required us to 'escrow' all the project source code for them, w quarterly snapshots, so they wouldn't totally hosed if we had major problems.

I *hope* like hell all defense contracts include escrow of all source code, blueprints, etc, properly secured of course. And hopefully in systems actually managed more directly by USG and not just the AWS or Azure clouds.

Supposedly the feds have a huge underground IT facility and archive somewhere near Vicksburg MS.

Blogger dienw November 26, 2019 10:38 AM  

@19
Supposedly the feds have a huge underground IT facility and archive somewhere near Vicksburg MS.
Probably stocked with Vindmans, Asians, and dual citizens.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd November 26, 2019 10:50 AM  

dc.sunsets wrote:How about all those (someting-)Americans who hold important positions within the US military structure, particularly those involving nuclear, chemical or (worst by far) biological weapons?

It's not a melting pot. It's a cauldron.

Can confirm. There are many Fake Americans in the upper reaches of government.
p_q wrote:The US military is so dumb as to have exclusive repair contracts with some companies and cannot even try to fix things in house.
The government has to hire contractors because they cannot hire competent people themselves. Affirmative action means hiring utterly untrained, utterly inexperienced people because they have veteran preference points, or racial preference, or both. The DoD has ``electricians'' who have no qualifications beyond disabled veteran status, no experience except being IED sponges in the sandbox. Most jobs are filled that way, so a competent government worker is the exception rather than the rule.

Blogger justaguy November 26, 2019 11:09 AM  

What I see is a lack of nationalism by most and the exploitation by the ones that have nationalism.

Blogger Arthur Isaac November 26, 2019 11:31 AM  

Mandalore is a culture, not a race.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash November 26, 2019 12:15 PM  

Arthur Isaac wrote:Mandalore is a culture, not a race.
You assert an irrelevant distinction.

Blogger Wario's Mart November 26, 2019 2:17 PM  

Man.

Vox you certainly have a way of seemingly conspiring with events.

Blogger Annabel Lee November 26, 2019 2:31 PM  

According to Hodges, the Chinese control our solar power, and probably have backdoors in the software. If true, that will work out well in a crisis. :/

Blogger Arthur Isaac November 26, 2019 3:03 PM  

Chinese can be Fillipino or American their paperwork says so....

Blogger Ransom Smith November 26, 2019 5:40 PM  

Mandalore is a culture, not a race.
The Mandalorians are modeled after Spartans and were only cool in Kotor when they were gun happy psychopaths.
George ruined them with his peace nonsense during The Clone Wars show.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl November 26, 2019 9:00 PM  

"Gime cheap Chinese steel or death."

Exactly how I remember it from elementary school days.

Blogger Thad Tuiol November 27, 2019 12:20 AM  

@15 'Give me economic efficiency or give me death...'

Doesn't exactly make one want to rush headlong at massed enemy cannons or muskets...

Blogger Derrick Bonsell November 27, 2019 2:50 PM  

At least China has never killed Filipino nationalists unlike one large country that did that a century ago.

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