The inevitable end-result of the Reagan-Thatcher profit-driven obsession of deindustrializing the West and exporting all manufacturing to the Far East has come into full focus with the pollution Armageddon which is now sweeping most major cities in China.
The unchecked proliferation of factories, unsanitary living conditions, corruption and extremist capitalist slave labor—all ironically occurring in the largest remaining officially “communist” state on earth—has caused a pollution crisis unseen before in history.
Air pollution in Beijing is now so bad that many well-to-do schools catering to European expats have had to install air-locked “inflatable domes” over playing fields, and have hermetically sealed-classrooms and school buildings, through which pupils have to pass an air lock to enter.
Outside, Beijing is covered in pollution.
A comparison with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) official measure in terms of the internationally-recognized “Air Quality Index,” or AQI, provides a valuable insight into the extent of the problem.
According to the WHO, a “safe” AQI exposure level is 25. In Beijing, people are officially advised to stay indoors when the AQI reaches 180, as measured by various sensors across the city.
Public buildings have a flag system to warn the public: red flags—without a hammer and sickle—now mean that people must stay indoors because it is too dangerous to go out.
Even the mayor of Beijing, Wang Anshun, speaking at the third meeting of the Conference of Beijing, as reported by the Chinese-language state media, said that the city has now become “unlivable.”
Wang told the conference that pollution was caused by factories and the ever-increasing number of motor vehicles—the latter of which was in turn being driven by massive population growth which had accompanied the rapid expansion of the industrial sector.
Beijing is not the only city to be so affected: the western Chinese city of Lanzhou is officially deemed by the World Health Organization to be the most polluted in the world, but according to the real-time online pollution monitoring website, ACIN, the southeastern city of Wuhu regularly tops the rankings with AQI levels of 495 or more.
China’s pollution problem is also visible from space, as these NASA satellite images show:
Aggravating the problem is China’s widespread corruption. For 2014, China was ranked 100th out of 175 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, on par with Algeria and Suriname, and comparable to Armenia, Colombia, Egypt, Gabon, Liberia, Panama, Bolivia, Mexico, Moldova, and Niger.
The corruption, lack of enforcement, and what appears to be a uniquely Chinese lack of concern for the environmental impact of mass industrialization on this scale, is at the heart of the problem.
The fault firmly lies, however, with modern western liberal ideologies, as espoused by the economic theories of Milton Friedman and given expression by the Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher worldview: that of putting profit above all else, including human value and environment.
According to this worldview, all people are merely consumers, and the sole driver of society is profit: items must be made “cheaper,” so that more of them can be sold, thus enhancing the profit margin.
This type of mentality is the driver behind the deindustrialization of the West—a place where, for racial psychological reasons, there is greater appreciation of the environmental impact of manufacturing.
For example, by looking at the world map of real time air pollution, it can be seen that Germany, which wisely has kept a large part of its manufacturing industry, has a remarkably low pollution level, in marked contrast to China.
Thus the end result of the West’s deindustrialization program has been the handing over of economic power to China—and the poisoning of the world’s environment, all in the name of short-term and unsustainable “profits.”
* The debate over carbon emissions and “climate change” is also of importance with regard to China: while the “climate change” proponents have used their theories to enforce measures which have caused hikes in utility bills in most Western nations, these same proponents have hypocritically done almost nothing to force China to reduce its “greenhouse gas” outputs.