They say that the internet and modern capitalism in general is producing so much stimuli that humans all around are becoming numb, developing tolerance towards normal things, and craving ever stronger stimuli. I admit it happens to me. The blogosphere has made me too numb to read normal sources of news. I am no longer satisfied with The Economist, or the Telegraph, or Instapundit. No, I need Moldbug, I need Steve Sailer, I need controversy.
And for Chinese news, I need Global Times. But the Chinese version. That's hardcore. Those are the ones pushing daily editorials saying "If Japan keeps pushing us we will bomb their asses". Or "The Great Leader of North Korea renews their strong-as-iron friendship with the Chinese People." Global Times is kickass, doesn't pull their punches. It's like reading newspapers from 1942. And it's state run, so you know it's not some keyboard fighter, some yellow War Nerd. No, its director Hu Xijin is a smart, thoughtful man, who just happens to want the best for his country.
He just scares the shit out of me every once in a while. I was just reading their editorial on the War in Mali, which China has approved. It says in the article that China has 2000 nationals living in Mali.
Wait a minute. 2000 Chinese? In Mali? Are you fucking kidding? China has more merchants in the ground that France has soldiers. What are they doing there?
In a way, it's good news because they might be trying what Francis Galton argued back in the day and colonise Africa with their thrifty genes. But on the other hand we are seeing 5th columns of a huge scary nation establishing themselves in every country on earth. Even freaking Mali. Here's hoping that the century-old nationalist project in China fails, and the Chinese devolve into their clannish selves. Then they can take over Africa as they please. It did much good in SEA.