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How to Control Your Citizens: Opportunity. Nationalism. Fear. - The New York Times
“Today you have the largest bureaucracy in history, with a capacity to intrude in anything,” said William C. Kirby, a professor of China studies at Harvard. “It isn’t just ideology. There are now enormous numbers of interest groups that don’t like competition.”

For guidance, Mr. Ni often looks to Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba, who is China’s richest man and a cultlike figure among many businessmen. Mr. Ni is currently enrolled in a business school program that Mr. Ma established to cultivate China’s next generation of entrepreneurs.

Over the years, Mr. Ma has spoken publicly about the push-pull relationship between private companies and the government, though there is one piece of his advice for entrepreneurs that Mr. Ni seems to have especially taken to heart: “Fall in love. But don’t marry.”

part of it was something deeper: a desire to help the country catch up with the West and to reconnect with her Chinese roots.

Exposed to liberal democracy, Ms. Hua’s generation was supposed to be the one that demanded it at home. Middle-class Chinese students poured into universities in the United States and Europe — then seen as the most promising path to wealth and prestige — and some Western analysts predicted that they would return to China as a force for political change.

Like many other middle-class parents, Ms. Hua worries about repression and rampant materialism in Chinese society. Yet many of these parents say they want their children to see themselves as Chinese above all else — to understand China’s roots as an agrarian society and to have a sense of pride in the perseverance of the Chinese people through decades of poverty and strife.

Even as some analysts argue that China’s success has more to do with the resilience of its people than the Communist Party and its policies, leaders have been adept at shaping a politicized nationalism that reinforces the primacy of the party — and defends the authoritarian model as the best bulwark against chaos.

“Chinese nationalism binds the people with the state, not to each other,” said Minxin Pei, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.
entrepreneurial  china  jiangsu  portrait  rich  conflict  state  parents  children  education  identity  chinese 
november 2018 by aries1988
The courting of China’s powerful princelings
Still, Ms Ye and her contemporaries are careful to keep a low profile and live relatively plain lives. Although a great car enthusiast, she prefers to drive a low-key SUV and has a comfortable and fairly understated lifestyle.

“My grandfather and his generation were idealists and they created the new China from scratch,” Ms Ye says. “Even if times are different and the ideology has changed, it is still up to my generation to honour their memory with our actions and through our contributions to society.”
reportage  chinese  rich  entrepreneurial  revolution 
october 2017 by aries1988
What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times

We often imagine that the wealthy are unconflicted about their advantages and in fact eager to display them. Since the economist Thorstein Veblen coined the term conspicuous consumption more than a century ago, the rich have typically been represented as competing for status by showing off their wealth.

Yet we believe that wealthy people seek visibility because those we see are, by definition, visible. In contrast, the people I spoke with expressed a deep ambivalence about identifying as affluent. Rather than brag about their money or show it off, they kept quiet about their advantages. They described themselves as normal people who worked hard and spent prudently, distancing themselves from common stereotypes of the wealthy as ostentatious, selfish, snobby and entitled. Ultimately, their accounts illuminate a moral stigma of privilege.

American culture has long been marked by questions about the moral caliber of wealthy people. Capitalist entrepreneurs are often celebrated, but they are also represented as greedy and ruthless. Inheritors of fortunes, especially women, are portrayed as glamorous, but also as self-indulgent.
rich  usa  mentality  society  book  money  inequality 
september 2017 by aries1988
Armageddon architecture: upmarket bunkers for the worried wealthy
The latest real estate trend among internet billionaires and hedge fund tycoons is, apparently, buying bunkers. These individuals, who have made fortunes by disrupting the present, predicting the future and then making that future happen through trades, algorithms and tech innovations, are preparing for the end of civilisation.

This new group of tech-savvy survivalists prefers the name “preppers”. It implies something preppier than the redneck gun-nuts in battered pick-ups with whom they might otherwise be confused.

The “Penthouse” units, comprising 3,600 sq ft of living space spread over two storeys, start from $4.5m. LED screens offer a window on to a fantasy outside world of trees and waterfalls (not the actual, frazzled and burnt-out landscape). The communal facilities include a climbing wall, dog park, pool, cinema and shooting range (of course). They also provide hydroponic and aquaponic agriculture and aquaculture, and the machinery to filter air and water indefinitely. These are bunkers for the long haul: five years or more completely off-grid.
architecture  survive  disaster  rich 
april 2017 by aries1988
Egg-fried rice recipe from Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop | Cooked

When making fried rice, it is vitally important to use rice that has cooled completely (it is best to use rice cooked the previous day).
rich  egg  recette  chinese 
march 2017 by aries1988
Conspicuous Consumption? Yes, but It's Not Crazy
Clearly, many rich people like to display their incredible wealth. Yet, generally, they think they know value when they see it.

Throughout the 1980s, for example, BMW and Mercedes-Benz were leaders in the market for sedans costing up to about $70,000. But wealthy motorists eventually found more choices when respected reviewers assured them that the Toyota brand Lexus offered a better car in many respects.

Each day, for instance, many of us consume espresso brews priced at what would be almost a week’s wages in other parts of the world. We’d be offended if someone described these purchases as attempts to display our wealth. And we’d be puzzled if someone said we’d buy even more lattes if our favorite cafe were to raise its prices. The coffee just tastes better, we’d say, and we’re willing to pay a premium for that.

That goal will remain elusive until we recognize that the wealthy are essentially similar to the rest of us. They just have a lot more money.
rich  money  behavior  explained  consumer  value 
november 2014 by aries1988
陈志武和荀子相隔两千多年的对话
中华民族的祖先是靠勤劳坚韧创造了伟大的文明,也曾在这个星球上创造过足以傲世其他民族的巨大财富。但无论是西周确立的“封建制”,还是始皇帝一统天下后,“百代多行秦政法”,从来没能从政治制度上解决财富集中于少部分人手中特别是官府手中这一痼疾。从根本上说,就是庶民的权利几乎没有制度性保障,他们只有劳作来创造财富缴纳赋税供养官府的义务,而没有权利和他们要供养的那一方坐下来谈判财富的分配方式。统治者阶层如果有某些“清官”“明君”,无非是不希望竭泽而渔以求保持剥削的可持续性,这种做法就是许多人称颂的“仁政”了。
少数原来处在底层的幸运儿大难不死,在以无数人做炮灰为代价的基础上,变成了掌握社会财富分配权的上等人。每次这种利益的再分配,带来的是死者枕藉,是血流成河,是生产力受到了极大的破坏。“风流总被雨打风吹去”,是中国不同时期繁华皆如昙花一现的真实写照。
这样的社会结构,没有公平的制度,无法使“民富”而进一步“国强”,多数劳动者对管制自己的那个权力机构不可能有什么忠诚度。因此荀子说出了“上溢下漏”必然导致的结果:“入不可以守,出不可以战,则倾覆灭亡可立而待也。”中国的历史,就陷入了一轮轮治乱兴亡的循环。
opinion  rich  people  history 
july 2013 by aries1988
A New Yorker Interactive
IDEA OF THE WEEK INEQUALITY AND NEW YORK’S SUBWAY
data  infographics  economy  rich  newyorker 
april 2013 by aries1988
中国富豪为何要抛弃自己的祖国?
为什么在中国经济社会迅速发展的时期,却有这么多的富豪选择移民呢?有分析认为,富豪移民海外的主因,排在第一、二位的分别是子女教育和寻找安全感。第二个原因令人反思国内的社会环境。一是国内的投资环境,离法治化和规范化还有不小的距离,许多投资渠道限制民营资本进入。二是贫富差距拉大,导致中国社会对财富“原罪”的追问以及“仇富”心态也让富豪们如坐针毡。

当然,中国富豪大量移民海外,其实是社会贫富两极分化的必然结果。在获得了更多的社会财富之后,一些富人却选择离开祖国。尤其是一些具有专业知识和创业理想的财富精英移民国外,对于我们这样一个发展中国家来说,确实是难以估量的损失。有人甚至担心,这些富豪的外流带走了大量现金,如果现金因全球经济萧条而无法回流到国内,中国经济将“面临崩溃”。

对于中国富豪移民问题,尽管各种观点莫衷一是,但有一点却是不可忽视的,中国富豪的财富受惠于改革开放政策,现在,他们把这些财富卷挟而去,等于抛弃了自己的祖国。他们带走的财富是永远地带走了,对国家没有任何回报,利润是别国的,而污染和麻烦却留给了自己的祖国。
chinese  rich 
december 2012 by aries1988
The world in 2060: The OECD's forecasts | The Economist
Daily chart: How countries' per person will compare in 2060 Even so the Chinese and Indians will still be much less well-off than Americans (see chart). The same forecasts show GDP per person in China at 59% of that in America; in India it will be only 27%. And Americans will increase their lead over the citizens of some developed countries like France and Italy.
europe  future  numbers  usa  economy  comparison  gdp  rich 
november 2012 by aries1988

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