Wednesday, August 31, 2016


In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte is alleged to have said, "China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep! For when he wakes he will move the world."  Perhaps, Napoleon was mindful of the fact that a few centuries before, China was the sole hyperpower in the world, much as the United States is today.

In the 16th Century, China began to build a virtual wall, around China, to seal themselves off from foreign influences.  By the 19th Century, relatively small European powers, using technologies, many of which originated in China, but refined in the rest of the world, were able to force the establishment of enclaves, in mainland China, where their laws prevailed and not those of China, to the humiliation of the Chinese people.

In history, walls have usually marked the limits of the power of a nation, not something that made a nation great.

1 comment:

  1. Walls only impose a minor impediment these days, rather than an impassable barrier from attack. They are actually more useful for keeping people in, than out.

    Economists realize that isolation serves as much a barrier to sales as to purchases. Trump complains about foreign manufacturers, yet manufactures his own products abroad. He promises to prevent immigrants from taking American jobs, yet brings workers in on visas to work in his own resorts. He claims he wants to make our middle class strong, by keeping wages as minimum as possible. He wants to cut taxes for the wealthy and services for the poor. Exactly how is he planning to Make America Great Again?