You will see hospitals where they give patients stitches—and when they find the patients don’t have any money, they pull the stitches out. It’s a city of violence.
Ai Weiwei provides a very bleak look at the problems facing a newly urbanized China. The grinding down of peoples hopes and dignity, and the accelerating cycle of profit over people, makes one wonder if the tipping point of violent social unrest is fast approaching.
If you are unfamiliar with Ai Weiwei, he is a leading Chinese artist who (along with the firm Herzog & de Meuron) helped design Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium. Recently jailed, and freed, by the Chinese government, you can read more about him here.
Some interesting thoughts on the continued decline in the UK, and what that might mean for the US. Would the “underclass” in the US resort to violence to express their frustration at the brinksmanship that is gripping their political arena? And, at this point, is the US political elite so divested of its charges (“the people”) that it wouldn’t matter anyway?