Re: "Slave State?"
Hairong Yan <hairongy@Princeton.EDU>
Thu, 14 Oct 2004 12:06:21 -0400
I missed the debate too and don't know whether Coulter's rhetoric included a honest recognition that slave labor exists in LA and NY too and that union jobs in NY can pay as low as $2! In the face of the transnationalization of sweatshop labor, the act of merely nationalizing the problem seems a very foolish and self-interested response.
Society of Fellows
Joseph Henry House
Princeton, NJ 08544
----- Original Message -----
From: Jonathan Lassen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, October 14, 2004 12:30 pm
Subject: Re: "Slave State?"
> I missed the debate and the spin last night, thanks for mentioning
> Coulter's rhetoric is a bit overblown, but I don't think her
> is completely over the top. Slavery is the typical case of the
> of freedom, and this is a common trope for both wings of the US
> and in common discourse as well. The AFL-CIO's case that China is
> engaging in unfair trade is also the absence of bourgeious
> freedoms in
> China, and you hear stuff like this ad nauseum in the press of
> 'free world.'
> The idea of 'generalized slavery' in 'Oriental despotism' is a
> strikingly common idea in European thought, from Montesquieu on.
> This is
> the secret history of the discourse on 'civil society' in China.
> Alaricvisi@aol.com wrote:
> > Did any of you hear Republican cheerleader Ann Coulter condemn
> > with China because "China is a slave state" on CNN last night?
> Is this
> > an actual element of extreme right-wing dogma, or is it just a
> > of her own unique blend of hubris and 'enthusiasm' (to put it
> > Her next claim was that anyone who talks about affirmative
> action for
> > anyone but black people is a racist, so I certainly hope that
> > doesn't actually speak for anyone...
> > Sorry if this question is inappropriate for this list; if so, I
> > certainly refrain from asking similar questions in the future.
> > Joe