(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION AUG. 23-5, 2019) — In 1997, China finally won back Hong Kong from Britain, returning to the great Pacific Rim nation what England had stolen from it in the mid-19th century at the end of the first so-called Opium War. That century and a half saw the city rise from rural rice plantings to become the world’s most important financial center.

If you ever needed a testament of capitalism over communism, THE PLANET directs your gaze at Hong Kong. It would take Beijing all through its disastrous Mao era and then some to build anything so impressive. As the world knows now, however, mainland China is poised to become the 21st century’s dominant power, militarily and economically. It may be that already, depending on what analyses you include.

While premature to make the declaration, it is not too early to wonder if China’s brand of “21st century capitalism” — based upon an evolved ideological base that includes the more successful extracts of laisse faire, fascism, monarchy, communism, socialism, republicanism, and political pragmatism — might not actually be the closest the human race can get to a workable approach to the governance of large populations? We hesitate to use the word “utopia.” What do we call this new approach? How about “capcomism?”

If technological and economic “progress” in a conception of post-post-modern “civilization” can be called a worthy human goal, China’s incredible rise shows what wise, tactical, strong-armed leadership can do, and none is better at it than Xi Jinping. What do you think it would take to induce Xi to run for President in 2020? If one can skip the emotions as dryly as China dumped the reverence of and for Mao, China’s ascent in the 21st century stands as the best advertisement for authoritarian politics since Hegel’s concept of The State and his philosophy of moral right. The Kingdom of Heaven may belong to the meek, but the earth belongs to the strong.

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The 1997 release agreement, the first true admission by the West that the future would be Chinese, established Hong Kong as a special administrative district of the People’s Republic. China, showing a perspicacity that made it the world’s first superpower back in the Marco Polo days, agreed to an arrangement that would allow separate economic governance to the city. When you have the golden goose, you to protect the egg laying, especially when your brand of “communism” comes with quotation marks. It allows you to have your angel food and eat it, too.

Separate governance, though, does not exempt the prosperous city from Beijing’s rule, nor should it. This is a reality lost on clueless protestors who have after 12 weeks show no sign of having touchd foot on the ground. It’s also something the West should understand, especially the United States after it essentially suspended habeus corpus and installed its version of a police state using the events of 9-11-01 as the excuse.

Uncle Sam has no problem messing around in other parts of the world, but when rival nations start doing the same in their own backyard, we begin reciting the Hypocritic Oath, feigning to believe as a nation what we do not. How else could President Donald Trump have so badly misplayed his dealings with China, not the least of which is his trade policy? Trump might have risen to Xi’s level, but where the former has an ego driving him, the latter has a vision determining the direction.

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The trouble in Hong Kong began in June when Beijing instituted an extradition treaty with the region’s administrators, giving China a governing right possessed by every nation on earth. A country’s legal system collapses if it can’t bring equal justice to bear on all its citizens. In June, a small band of young Hong Kong residents and meddlers took to social media, inflated the meaning of Beijing’s reasonable request, conflated reason, and unleashed hysteria. Megaphones began blaring scary tales of midnight abductions and show trials in the mainland for imagined political offenses. Lies became truth, as it always does on social media, and gullible protestors claimed the swamp that they mistook for the moral high ground.

China showed remarkable restraint dealing with this immaturity, and after a couple weeks, actually withdrew the extradition provision.

Repeat: The extradition measure was never implemented and is not now. There is NOTHING to protest.

That didn’t stop the young, mostly millennial and Gen Z demonstrators, who have been treating the mounting unrest as a series of giant electronic raves, the next “cool thing to do.” The huge gatherings show that Hong Kong’s wealthy youth are bored in their search for meaning and have, like so many of their American counterparts, no understanding of law, politics, or economics. That’s how you turn a protest over a nonexistent law into a so-called “pro-autonomy movement.”

Mass rallies calling themselves “pro-autonomy” have a certain surface appeal, granted. It sounds good, right? Who doesn’t like freedom? The demonstrators, however, do not care about freedom for the good of all as much as disruption for its own sake and their own selfish chance to be “important.” For example, last week, the young busybodies, taking themselves as ever so seriously, stormed Hong Kong’s airport, one of the world’s busiest. The “fanatical mobs,” a phrase used by one wire report to suggest the irrational and unruly nature of the young’ins, barricaded themselves to prevent access and egress by travelers who simply wanted to get on peacefully with their business. The radicals threw bottles and other debris at innocent bystanders and police, shouting obscenities and feeling brave solely because the Hong Kong police have shown the patience of the biblical Job.

If they persist, Beijing will have to restore order to the chaos. The mainstream media will call it a “crackdown,” the protestors will come off as victims (the desired status of snowflakes the globe over), and they will claim a victory as hollow as an iced-tea straw.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been [and] will never be a hero” — Ursula K. La Guin.



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  1. Jonathan Melle
    August 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

    Like China, Pittsfield politics is a one political party system that answers to Democratic Party bosses in Boston. Pittsfield politics has so-called “elections” where less than 20% of registered voters actually bother to vote. The incumbents, bureaucrats, and political hacks serve for decades, while Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski defer their freedoms to a few power-brokers. The Big 3 unions (Police, Fire, & School) always win, while the hard hit taxpayers always lose. If you dare to speak out against the Good Old Boys (& lovely Ladies), they will take away your job, spread vicious rumors against you, and make false allegations against you. In closing, Pittsfield politics = Chinese politics!!!!

    – Jonathan Melle

  2. Agent 86
    August 22, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    Mao Tse Tyer has to be voted out.

    • Spagirl
      August 23, 2019 at 2:30 am #

      Who can explain why Eleanor Road in Pittsfield a residential street has newly painted double yellow lines in the center, and white lines on either side? I drive down East St. for example, and there are no painted lines. In the center of the City. This is absolutely ridiculous. Who can explain this shit to the citizens and taxpayers?

  3. Johnny99
    August 22, 2019 at 11:41 pm #


    China is the largest country on the planet, and practices totalitarian rule, forced abortions, “re-education” camps, essentially forced and unjust imprisonments, violates human rights on a daily basis, ranks their citizens, and uses the rankings against them, and is a dirty regime, in the literal and environmental sense as well, so if that’s “utopia” I’ll pass. So of course they are number one, or will soon be so. The only question is when WWIII will start.

    As for Pittsfield, it’s all over but the cryin. You’ve had a succession of failed mayors’ from the 80’s on word, on, in the common sense, as in crime and schools non-sense sense, and in the economic sense. Dat raciss, anti-white, lyin, Trump hatin McCandles should be fired, or at least dressed down by da school committee, a public ass whoopin if you will, for his shameful comments, ya feel what i’m Sayin? I’d like ta know what da honorable Mayor Tyer, who’s a shoe in for re-election by the way, and her opponents, if ya want ta call em dat, think of McCandles white privledge and raciss creed. What’s next – Ebonics in 10th grade????

    • Pat
      August 23, 2019 at 4:27 am #

      McCandles is way out there in far left liberal land. Doesn’t he know he is not supposed to be out there ranting about President Trump and politics? He is involved in education not politics. Does he plan on running for political office? God help us. Doesn’t he know that he is also white?

      • danvalenti
        August 23, 2019 at 8:33 am #

        JIV does NOT know that. Lee got rid of him before he could destroy their public schools. He was well on the way. Then Pittsfield hired him. I never thought any new hire could make ex- supt. Darlington look good, but JIV has managed to do that.

    • Pat
      August 23, 2019 at 4:30 am #

      I agree with your comments on China. They are tough and strong, but they are also intolerant of their citizens having any freedom. It’s their way or no way at all.

    • Kermit Frog
      August 23, 2019 at 6:18 am #

      Thanks J99, well said. I was about to wtf but your response was much better.
      There was a time when conservatives were pro democracy – this is he second pro fascist government post on this blog so I am wondering if Dan is seeing if we are awake. Yes, we are awake and I’ll stay hell no to China and Russia thank you very much.

      • danvalenti
        August 23, 2019 at 8:20 am #

        Good points. Yes, there was a time when cons were pro-democracy. There was also a time when up was up, down was down, and left and right were distinguishable entities. I hope your wakefulness extends to city politics and particularly a run-away school department, which citizens are letting run Pittsfield into the ground.

        • Kermit Frog
          August 23, 2019 at 8:44 am #

          I’m not sure China has anything to do with the Democratic machine here. I could be wrong … Don’t call me woke though, just paying attention. The term woke annoys me and people who use the term to describe themselves are not who I want to. E associated with.
          Re HK — Apposing extradition is a good thing for Hong Kong and better for stability. China and Russia have more crony capitalism and crony justice than Pittsfield. Have you ever seen a Chinese court room drama, probably not.
          Re ThecPitts – The school and municipal unions are bankrupting this city. Barry was right that they can’t sack bad cops, god knows if they can fire the bad teachers. It’s worse in NYS where they have huge property taxes. Leaders here need to be aware that doing more with less or doing less with less is what we need so we can can all keep some money in our pocket. Too many school employees by far, and nothing they are doing is helping the schools. Maybe they should have school for a month or two longer so the kids aren’t loose unsupervised. That will never pass the union though. Did you see the cop Union arrest. I hope Leiling comes to town, man oh man do I wish that would happen.

      • Johnny99
        August 23, 2019 at 9:20 am #

        You’re welcome Froggie.

    • Sojourner Truth
      August 23, 2019 at 7:28 am #

      To quote J’99: “As for Pittsfield,it’s all over but the cryin”. Story in the Eagle regarding the closing and failure of Big Daddy’s Philly Steak House on North St., exemplifies this.
      Hate to say it, but Mayor Tyer’s foundation and vision for a “collaborative, dynamic, vibrant, and diversified” Pittsfield is a house of cards.

      • danvalenti
        August 23, 2019 at 8:15 am #

        The signs aren’t good. Those who have eyes, let them see. Those who have ears, let them hear. Cities die from within, as we are now witnessing on a daily basis in the once-proud county seat.

        • The school committee
          August 24, 2019 at 4:16 am #

          Trumps economy is showing signs of recession only 3 years in.He deregulated everything for big business to thrive with amazing tax cuts.

          • danvalenti
            August 24, 2019 at 7:31 am #

            The signals of recession, and an actual recession, are two different things. But your first sentence is correct. The signs are there not for deregulation or tax cuts (they helped the economy). They are their because of the President’s policies with respect to China and trade, his disparaging remarks about the Fed and its chairman, and his volatile and wild policy swings. His Tweets on Friday only add uncertainty to the markets, and the markets hate that.

      • Johnny99
        August 23, 2019 at 9:28 am #

        Kinda like Rubertos Renaissance, which was a tax payer funded mirage. Why can’t we have a mayor who priorities public safety, as in safe streets in both a literal and figurative sense, and tax relief. To hell with the PEDA nonsense and the Norh Street non sense and the restorative justice bs and another alternative school for losers . North street is a revolving door of one failed business after another. And what is going into the ”build it and they will come” life science building, beside the Kapanskis’ tax dollars?

    • danvalenti
      August 23, 2019 at 8:34 am #

      Appreciate your alternate views.

  4. dusty
    August 23, 2019 at 2:42 am #

    Whatever else you may think about China you better believe they are going to be THEE force to be reckoned with going forward. Go to you tube and do a search for “China Infrastructure”. They are so far ahead of most of the world in transportation, renewable energy and robotics that they make American look third world. And America has neither the money or political will to even get off the ground on such things. America will be a wasteland in twenty years, mostly because its government has tied itself in knots and is devouring itself just to spite itself.

    • Pat
      August 23, 2019 at 4:20 am #

      For right now China relies on coal a lot.

      • dusty
        August 23, 2019 at 5:33 am #

        Yes, but they, unlike America, have come to realize coal is just bad all around. And because they do not have to kiss up to lobbyists they can actually do some positive things for the country as a whole.

        Are they strict and demanding of their people? Oh yah. But the country will still be thriving in the next generation where people will be asking, “What’s America? Where is that? What the hell happened to them?”

        • danvalenti
          August 23, 2019 at 8:27 am #

          Good insights here. China with respect to its citizens is practicing a form of political tough love. One look at the phenomenal performance of China post-Mao should make case studies for America’s business schools. Such growth comes with problems. No one, including THE PLANET, is suggesting China is utopia, which is never an option in practical governance. China has the problems that come with managing growth. Probably its most pressing area is the nation’s debt-load. Current debt is 300% of GNP. Since on a global scale, money is nothing more than blips on a computer screen backed by “trust,” it will not fail because it cannot fail. Same with U.S. and its debt problem. Will this debt bubble never burst? Hard to say. Surely, not in the short run. But it’s conceivable that one day, it might.. Believe me, we’ll all know it when it happens.

          • Shakes
            August 23, 2019 at 11:05 am #

            Too bad China doesn’t have a 2nd amendment

          • Ham Anex
            August 23, 2019 at 12:32 pm #

            MAO rounded up all the guns then killed about 20 million Chinese and then he became LMAO.

        • X-Lachs Lounge
          August 23, 2019 at 8:53 pm #

          Dusty, China now relies on carbon free unicorn farts for energy.

  5. Katsy Flood
    August 23, 2019 at 4:37 am #

    Make AmericaThird Again §.

    • danvalenti
      August 23, 2019 at 8:31 am #

      Comment of the week.

  6. Mad Trapper
    August 23, 2019 at 4:38 am #

    American POLITICIANS are the ones who have screwed America, with the backing of the big business crooks, or should I say their “puppet masters”.

    Worse now are that they control free speech (left winged parrot press), and our education system.

    I try to avoid buying things made out of “Chinesium”.

    • Mad Trapper
      August 23, 2019 at 4:50 am #

      Exhibit A

      General Electric, EPA, PEDA, Jerry Doyle, Berkshire Bird

  7. Freese
    August 23, 2019 at 4:51 am #

    Trump isn’t going to be re elected. Violence in this a Country will then be at an all time high. That will be when all the hate fruitcakes come out in force. It will Pitt all his hate mungers against any one of color and certain religion?

    • F. Balm
      August 23, 2019 at 10:19 am #

      The hate fruitcakes are trying to get the Democrat nomination for president

  8. CC The Maze Sun
    August 23, 2019 at 5:55 am #

    “Now that I know what I feel must be right
    I’m here to show everybody the light

    Give the word a chance to say
    That the word is just the way
    It’s the word I’m thinking of
    And the only word is love
    It’s so fine, it’s Sunshine
    It’s the word, love

    Say the word and you’ll be free
    Say the word and be like me
    Say the word I’m thinking of
    Have you heard the word is love?
    It’s so fine, it’s Sunshine
    It’s the word, love”

    • danvalenti
      August 23, 2019 at 8:22 am #

      “If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao,
      you ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.
      But you know it’s gonna be, all right.”

      • CC The Maze Sun
        August 24, 2019 at 4:06 am #

        “Look for the girl with the Sun in her eye and she’s gone”

        • danvalenti
          August 24, 2019 at 7:32 am #

          “One day you’ll find that I have gone, but tomorrow may rain so I’ll follow the sun.”

          • CC The Maze Sun
            August 24, 2019 at 8:22 am #

            “Once there was a way, to get back homeward
            Once there was a way, to get back home…..
            Smiles await you when you rise”

          • danvalenti
            August 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm #

            “And in my hour of darkness, there is still a light that shines on me.”

          • CC The Maze Sun
            August 24, 2019 at 9:17 pm #

            “But listen to the colour of your dreams
            It is not living, it is not living

            So PLAY THE GAME “Existence” to the End…
            … Of the beginning, of the beginning
            Of the beginning, of the beginning
            Of the beginning, of the beginning
            Of the beginning, of the beginning“

          • danvalenti
            August 25, 2019 at 7:56 am #

            “Oh yeah I’ll tell you something. I think you’ll understand when I say that something.”

          • CC The Maze Sun
            August 25, 2019 at 8:37 am #

            “Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
            They call me on and on”

          • danvalenti
            August 25, 2019 at 7:24 pm #

            “You know that I love you tell the world I do. Come on pretty baby why can’t you be true?”

  9. Jonathan Melle
    August 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm #

    Pittsfield politics Mayoral Debate at Berkshire Community College on Monday, August 26th at 7 p.m., featuring the lovely Linda Tyer, the lovely Melissa Mazzeo, the lovely Karen Kalinowsky, and businessman Scott Graves. The debate will be broadcast live on Pittsfield Community Television.

    How will the lovely Linda respond to the lovely Melissa’s criticism that it is business as usual politics in Pittsfield?

    “I’ve been listening for 10 years, and it’s the same stories,” said Melissa Mazzeo.

    • Gobsig
      August 23, 2019 at 12:46 pm #

      Isn’t Scott Graves lovely too?

      • Jonathan Melle
        August 23, 2019 at 5:43 pm #

        To answer your sarcastic question, the lovely Linda is very lovely, the lovely Melissa is also very lovely, the lovely Karen is also very lovely, and, of course, Scott Graves is lovely, too. They are all Lovely!

        I think the lovely Linda Tyer is the best Mayor of Pittsfield, EVER! I support her for re-election in 2019!

        • Gobsig
          August 23, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

          Jonathan, you’re a lovely son of a gun as well.

          • doomiedodger
            August 24, 2019 at 1:02 am #

            Jonathon, I don’t think “lovely” has been working for Pittsfield. I am willing to vote for “fat, ugly and brain damaged” if it will release the city from its special interest stranglehold.

          • danvalenti
            August 24, 2019 at 7:32 am #

            We’re ALL lovely.

    • Mr. Fritz
      August 23, 2019 at 6:41 pm #

      Great post Gobsig.
      And this is exactly what’s happening in Pittsfield Public Schools under the direction of Dr. McCandless.
      Reading, writing & arithmetic are taking a back seat to this crap.

    • Pat
      August 24, 2019 at 6:52 am #

      Unbelievable how schools are only interested in politically indoctrinating young minds. So disgusting!!

      • danvalenti
        August 24, 2019 at 7:28 am #

        It is a brainwashing that puts to shame what happens, say, in North Korea with respect to Kim’s family. In China, for example, they don’t teach Mao’s Red Book. They teach language skills, heavy on math and science, geography, biology, and so on. I have had students from the People’s Republic, Hong Kong, and Taiwan: They come into the U.S. college classroom FAR superior compared to the typical U.S. college freshman or sophomore. The real killers are incompetent administrators such as JIV, who are killing any chances students have to build the skills in K-12 that they will need to succeed in higher education or the work force. JIV is, essentially, a war criminal for that type of mass murder.

        • Shakes
          August 24, 2019 at 8:51 am #

          I wonder if Pat and the Planet can share how their own children were indoctrinated by the public school system? My kids didn’t go to trashy Pittsfield schools, but iMHO they are practical and thoughtful compassionate young people.

          • Pat
            August 24, 2019 at 10:29 am #

            Until the last few years I don’t know of any kids who were politically indoctrinated by the public school system in this country especially to such an intense degree that these young people are being taught to NOT think for themselves. This happened in countries like Germany in which the youth were indoctrinated by the school system to become followers of Hitler. Russia and China also indoctrinate the young people to be loyal Communists.

          • X-Lachs Lounge
            August 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

            I’ve figured out that Shakes’ real name is Schlitzie.

        • Honest Earl's Downtown Dumpster
          August 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm #

          YES , Shakes is none other than Schitzlie. Perfect.

        • Sojourner Truth
          August 25, 2019 at 6:17 am #

          How positive and successful was JIV and his leadership in his positions prior to his present capacity ? In Lee, possibly. If he was capable there,then what are the dynamics in Pittsfield that thwart his direction and programs ?

          • Johnny Absurd
            August 25, 2019 at 7:07 am #

            Gangs in schools. No discipline allowed. Horrible working environment. Schools system has become a slush fund grab bag piñata of bottomless taxpayer funding.

            School committee basically a politically controlled annex of city hall with one hand feeding the other and both getting fatter by the day.

          • danvalenti
            August 25, 2019 at 7:57 am #

            A frightfully accurate and succinct summation of the Pittsfield Public Schools.

      • Johnny2Shoes
        August 25, 2019 at 6:18 am #

        Search for the Leipzig connection and a wealth of information is available. Rockefeller $ is involved. Look up the author of the Leipzig connection referred to in this article. Control started long ago.

  10. Ted
    August 24, 2019 at 8:00 am #

    Whatever happened to the lovely Joe Nichols?

  11. The school committee
    August 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm #

    Do you remember US started chasing Japan and ed reforms was on.Tech and voc are back again.Top student in foreign countries are the only one coming.

  12. Pat
    August 25, 2019 at 6:28 am #

    When the young people are calling each other “comrades” we know there is a problem in the school system and it involves a socialist/communist influence that they are being taught.

    • Shakes
      August 25, 2019 at 5:56 pm #

      Pat, you don’t know any young people, you have zero personal experience that supports any of your claims or outlandish statements. Thanks for validating what we’ve all suspected.

  13. Johnny Absurd
    August 25, 2019 at 7:12 am #

    Another shooting and stabbing in the emerald city? Everyone wants to move here though. Will it make the paper? Will there be the details that some stories get and others do not? I mean it is election season after all and good things are happening like streets getting swept and lines getting painted.

    Holy Cow!

    • X-Lachs Lounge
      August 25, 2019 at 1:53 pm #

      Magic Melle please add to your list

  14. Gigi
    August 25, 2019 at 10:14 am #

    Even Obama knows that global warming is a hoax!

  15. Gigi
    August 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm #

    Poor Uncle Joe….another “senior” moment!

    This guy wants to be Prez??

    • Trump 2020
      August 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

      Biden is a pleasant moron.

  16. Earl Parsnip
    August 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    Took a ride around the city today and I noticed many more Mazzeo signs then tyer signs. Everyone knows that signs don’t vote but so far not a lot of tyer support.

    • Gobsig
      August 25, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

      Did you check the dumpsters Earl?

    • Auto Phil
      August 25, 2019 at 2:58 pm #

      I’ve noticed a ton of Mazzeo signs as well and just a few Tyer ones. Interesting.

      I don’t know why anyone would want to be mayor of this wretched city anyway.

      • johnny Absurdo
        August 25, 2019 at 5:21 pm #

        Some mayors actually have contributed to the wretchedness. But they can come and go anytime they please unlike some of us.

  17. Walter Webster
    August 25, 2019 at 3:13 pm #

    In my neighborhood there are more Tyer signs than Mazzeo signs.

    • Earl Parsnip
      August 25, 2019 at 7:20 pm #

      You must live near bars and pot shops.

  18. kltpzyxm
    August 27, 2019 at 6:29 pm #

    Well, at least sanitary department not delivering garbage to customer’s door’s in Kong Kong.