Great article that hit home in multiple ways. First the fun, then the wake up.
Yes! Silky smooth straight sixes, my wife daily drives and absolutely adores her slightly modified 2000 year BMW 325i 5sp “Touring” wagon. Everyone’s familiar with the E46 M3 because it gets all the headlines, but there’s an even tighter, more niche community of E46 touring aficionados that are scouring North America and buying up every last manual transmission RWD 325i/328i’s they can get a hold of. (don’t bother with the autos and Xi all wheel drives, they merely keep the price depressed for i’s)
And Jack, you sly dog, posting pictures of my favorite Holden WM platform, the manufactured in Australia (but assembled in communist China) Buick Park Avenue. Guys, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. Holden (Chevy’s, now defunct, red headed step child) in typical General fashion got slaughtered the moment they made something perfect. My personal favorite is the Redline SS-V Sportwagon, but the closest I could get is a Caprice PPV. A few alterations, and I’m very, very happy. Also, mine (pictured) is a 6.0 whereas China only got the 3.6L V6 variant.
So now the dire information that needs to be discussed. China has been in economic war with the US for nearly 40 years. You’ve no doubt felt it, but nobody sent the alarm. And, they’ve nearly won because we chose to buy slave wage crap while undercutting our neighbors in a race towards materialism. It didn’t help that we were sold out by multinationals and our own politicians. Nixon thought we’d sell billions of toothbrushes while exporting democracy. The opposite has happened. But what could we expect from a regime that massacred 6 million of its own people in the 1950’s and bulldozed 10,000 students in 1989?
I’ve worked in high tech industries for 30 years. China steals between 250-500 Billion dollars in Intellectual Property every year. 1 out 5 business have been hit. Nearly all Chinese national students (college) are mandated to report all new technology back to China. All multinational corporations that manufacture in China are owned by China AND their entire product design file is held by China.
Jack may not know yet, but China secretly ordered the NBA Commissioner to fire rockets’ GM over his Hong Kong tweet. He was not fired, which is good. But, the NBA is bending over backwards to kiss China’s rear in an attempt to re-enter its broadcast market. If you dig deeper you’ll find that China controls much of Hollywood and re-writes scripts to fit the regime’s narrative.
If it weren’t for video livestreaming out of Hong Kong, the Chinese would have already “Tiananmen Square’d” the protesters. We aren’t allowed to tweet support for Hong Kong because that’s too democratic. If China can crush the NBA, they can easily crush you.
We can not continue to compete economically against a regime that kills its own citizens en masse, steals our IP, and destroys the environment unless drastic measures are taken to even the playing field. We either sacrafice short term through protectionist economic policy or continue to accelerate off the cliff. If you have children or grand children the choice is obvious.