Video: A Misesian American Expat in China writes in to discuss what China is REALLY like!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 13:33
Uploaded by mrzack888 on Mar 5, 2010
This is Jay's astonishing and controversial, but well written, letter to the Patriot news hour about the subject of China on March 3rd, 2010.
A rare look from an Austrian in China, must see!
Okay so, it's more like an audio-rip + slidshow.
I'm pretty sure the above article was posted on Lew Rockwell awhile back, perhaps not on that date (March 3rd, 2010) that was posted at PatriotArchives.
Well, here's another view, not an expat, but an account, from a libertarian who took a trip to China in 2005 for 3weeks, with his family:
September 15, 2005
by Terry Hulsey
My family and I returned last month from three weeks in China. The experience provided some concrete references for the often abstract views about that country. As a Libertarian, my key questions were:
How open is the society?
Is it easy to travel about?
How pervasive is the influence of the state?
Are the people receptive to the basic principles of a free and prosperous commonwealth?
What are they like in general?
The mobility of foreigners
Notable in my visit through several key cities in the south was the absence of Americans. In three weeks I encountered not one native American citizen who was visiting directly from our country. And yet there is no state restriction on tourism from abroad. It is easy to get online and book a tour without any intervention or oversight from any government body aside from the visa required by most countries. The visitor can go to any part of the country and engage in any ordinary tourist activity such as hiking, sightseeing, bicycling, etc. and does not need to be a member of a package tour, whether state-sponsored or otherwise. Once there, it’s unlikely that you will take any notice of government at any level – at least I didn’t.
This current relative openness contrasts sharply from my visit of about 10 years ago, when I had to travel with a sponsor – in my case with a private citizen who later became my wife.
If you are thinking of a trip to spread the Gospel, please stay home: there is official indecision on the subject of religion. On the one hand, the government has since 1999 officially banned cults – especially the Falun Gong – and it makes occasional arrests of Christians for what it interprets to be political reasons. On the other hand it tolerates Christianity and the mass distribution of Bibles, and during my visit the government was busy restoring Saint Mary’s Catholic church in Kunming along with other church properties.
But entirely apart from what is and isn’t allowed, the whole idea of going to a country over a hundred times older than your own and lecturing its citizens on a subject at the heart of their culture is extremely presumptuous and in the worst form.