The Chinese Communists think of themselves as appointed by Heaven just as emperors were before Sun Yat Sen. Worse, the ultimate and basic law those Communists will enforce is ex-post facto law: do whatever you think is right and good. If, after the fact, you are wrong, we will tell you and punish you; we, no one else, decide what is right and what is wrong.
No wonder Chinese capitalism never grew much beyond extended family business in the past. The reason for overseas Chinese prowess in economic matters was the completely trustworthy family fiduciary far, far from home base who collected and accounted honestly for the money. In a world where pirates ruled the seas and robbers ruled the trade routes, shipping gold was chancy. Pirates and robbers could not so easily get away with goods, but gold asportation was a chinch.p>The mixture of Chinese intra-family fiduciary solidarity and English common law, equity, and admiralty in Hong Kong and Singapore worked economic wonders. The Communist ego will not allow complete, effective replacement of the ex-post facto “law” they so love by real, predictable law analogous to what existed in Hong Kong and may still exist in part in Singapore. The dictatorship in the latter may be a precursor to customary Chinese mainland practice. br> — Nathan Lord /p> p> HANG ON TO YOUR HEALTH br> Re: William Tucker’s
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?