The Politics of Nature: “Oriental Despotism”

The Chinese press continuously carries news about droughts – rarely right in the headlines, but further down the pages on an almost daily basis. Some of the news finds its ways into China-Daily-related English-language publications, too, but given that it doesn’t seem to have close connections to China’s political system, or obvious political implicatons (which would probably secure it more prominent coverage in international media, too), it is rarely discussed on the English-language blogosphere.

King Tubby‘s post of Thursday offers some thoughts to fill the gap –

Oriental Despotism, the Sino Engineering Mentality and Environmental Lunacy.

If you find commenting elsewhere dull at the moment as it seems you do – even the blogs with the traditionally longest threads seem to be hibernating -, why not trying there? It’s an “underlying”, but relevant topic, and should be a comparatively fresh one, too.

Advice: if you comment there, make sure that you keep a copy of what you wrote, before you post it – it may get lost as you push the submit-button, and you may have to try again.

5 Comments to “The Politics of Nature: “Oriental Despotism””

  1. I tried to comment on your blog, too, King Tubby – impossible. This article shows that China’s government expects miracles from water, included: climate mitigation.


  2. Thanks Tai De. That was a good read. Isabel Hilton is rapidly becoming a favourite of mine.
    JT Thanks for the promo. I know I have readers by using my stats, but no commenters.
    What is it with blogspot?


  3. My name is JR. De rien, re promo, KT. I think yours is a post that should be read frequently, and discussed frequently. As for the latter point, I think FOARP has or had similar problems with his platform. WordPress may not be the only good alternative, but the only one I’ve tried myself, and I have no complaints – neither re posting and inserting pictures, nor re comment function. It’s ability to identify spam is impressive, too.


  4. even the blogs with the traditionally longest threads seem to be hibernating

    Man, I’m guilty as charged! I’ve been so distracted this year by work it’s unreal, besides which it’s hard to stay fresh after so long.

    Guess I need to pay more attention to these matters 🙂


  5. Not only you, Mylaowai – Peking Duck, for example, is less commented than what it used to be. I think China attracted most interest around 2008, in political terms.

    However, I have to say that I opted out from your threads when I found comments on traffic casualties there which were apparently only funny because they happened to Chinese people. The pictures linked to there were painful – the pain was no different from pain anywhere else. That’s where stuff isn’t about politics or clashes of civilization any more, and that segment was really screamed for moderation. (72 Hours, March 15.)

    It’s a fine line between meaningful provocation (ic a lot of that on your blog), and callousness – I know. But you can’t be an advocate of human rights while applying “Darwinism” to peoples’ – culpable or not, who can tell? – misery. In a crash, chances are that only one side is mainly responsible, and even when that one side suffers, it’s still no fun. You’ve shown a more accurate view of what is Darwinist and what is not elsewhere on your blog.

    Hope you don’t mind the frankness. I’m looking forward to posts which are aggressive as usual, but truly fun.

    Dalai Lama say: anger is useless. I don’t quite agree, but at times, I can see his point.


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