The Paralympics medal table is very surprising: China’s medal tally is miles ahead of everyone.
Given the massive size of China’s lead, it’s very striking that there has been zero mention of China’s success in the media.
Moreover, I personally also find China’s success surprising for this reason:
have this impression of China as being nothing more than a hugely
successful factory; and that, in contrast, whilst Britain is relatively
inefficient and uncompetitive, ours is at least a comparatively humane
society, where the disabled are not so readily marginalised due to their
perceived low productivity potential.
After all, over here, we
celebrate perhaps the world’s most disabled major academic (Stephen
Hawking) – can’t imagine the Chinese doing that.
communism as a rational efficient system because, in principle at least,
wealth is evenly distributed making for an efficient-running machine
(just as an engine runs better if the lubricating oil is evenly
distributed amongst the working parts).
- an efficient system, but not necessarily a humane one because:
knowledge of China includes: they discard undesirable humans; for
example, they discard female babies. If that’s their attitude to healthy
babies (of the wrong sex), surely they can’t have much time for the
It’s also very surprising that America barely made it into the top five.