People in the 1920’s laughed at a silly little guy with a funny mustache in Germany, too, as I recall. “What, that Hitler guy? The one who wrote that book with all the crazy ideas in it? Oh, yeah, he’s a threat all right. (laughter) How would he do anything, anyway? Germany is limited to 115,000 men in their army and navy combined, they can’t manufacture or import weapons, and they are forbidden to have an air force, tanks, machine guns, submarines, or poison gas. They can’t even draft soldiers into their army! Oh, yeah, Germany is a threat, all right! They’d lose a war with the Rhode Island National Guard!” (uproarious laughter)
Of course, that attitude led to something quite different, didn’t it? And when it finally materialized, all of of a sudden, it wasn’t so funny, nor was it so easily blown off as nonsense.
“. . . if we refer to the 19th century as the British Century and to the 20th century as the American Century, then the 21st Century will be the Chinese Century!
I’m afraid he’s correct, on this count—100% correct. Who owns most of America’s currency? The Chinese. Who has at least the same amount of manufacturing capability as the United States, and is gaining more every day as we continue to ship our industries over to them? The Chinese. If the United States went into a free-fall or ceased to exist, what nation would have the industrial power and internal cohesion to step into the vacuum? The European Union? Too divided and too weak militarily. Russia? Not enough people any more. Japan? Not big enough, and like Europe, too weak militarily. It would be the Chinese.
So keep right on laughing. We’ll see, won’t we?