…In a survey of 24 countries by Pew Research Center, the nation that emerged as far and away first on earth in the satisfaction of its people was China. No other nation even came close.“Eighty-six percent of Chinese people surveyed said they were content with the country’s direction, up from 48 percent in 2002. … And 82 percent of Chinese were satisfied with their national economy, up from 52 percent,” said the Times.
Yet, China has a regime that punishes dissent, severely restricts freedom, persecutes Christians and all faiths that call for worship of a God higher than the state, brutally represses Tibetans and Uighurs, swamps their native lands with Han Chinese to bury their cultures and threatens Taiwan.
China is also a country where Maoist ideology has been replaced by a racial chauvinism and raw nationalism reminiscent of Italy and Germany in the 1930s. Yet, again, over 80 percent of all Chinese are content or even happy with the direction of the country. Two-thirds say the government is doing a good job in dealing with the issues of greatest concern to them.
And what nation is it whose people rank as third most satisfied?
Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Moscow is today more nationalistic, less democratic and more confrontational toward the West than it has been since before the fall of communism. Power is being consolidated, former Soviet republics are hearing dictatorial growls from Moscow and a chill reminiscent of the Cold War is in the air.
Yet, wrote the Times, “Russians were the third most satisfied people with their country’s direction, at 54 percent, despite Western concerns about authoritarian trends.”
Of the largest nations on earth, the two that today most satisfy the desires of their peoples are the most authoritarian…(Source)
When I read this blog post by Patrick Buchanan, I was struck not by the fact that the Chinese and Russians are satisfied with their own oppressive regimes, but rather how comparable our satisfaction with our own oppressive regimes (i.e. Star Chamber human rights commissions) is to theirs.
Like the Chinese and the Russians, as long as the money and good times keep flowing, we Canadians are basically on the same take. We’ve been bought and paid for, like the prostitution we so desperately want to decriminalize. Who needs freedom when an Ipod and some spending cash will do? It’s kind of superfluous and unnecessary, isn’t it? Just like the prostitute who doesn’t know her own self-worth and dignity, Canada just can’t break free of the Speech Pimps of the Human Rights Commissions.
For us Canadians, freedom was a necessary means to achieve our materialist objectives , but once those objectives were reached, freedom’s utility has become optional. In fact, one could argue that freedom might be dangerous to the current social order that sustains our current lifestyles. After all, it’s better to provide security and order in order to enjoy our prosperity, isn’t it?
Here’s a poll question whose results would be quite “shocking” to the clueless:
If you had to choose between material prosperity and the guarantee of our civil freedoms, which one would you choose?