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Dec 26 2012

A Message From China’s Collectivist Utopia

This note found in with some crap from China indicates that not only is there no free lunch, there is no extremely cheap lunch. If you don’t pay full price, somebody else is making up the difference.


The note, like the box of Halloween decorations in which it traveled to America, appears to be a product of China’s system of re-education labor camps, which allows for detention without trial. It reeks of despair:

“If you occasionally buy this product, please kindly resend this letter to the World Human Right Organization. Thousands people here who are under the persicution of the Chinese Communist Party Government will thank and remember you forever.”

The graveyard kit, the letter read, was made in unit 8, department 2 of the Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang, China.

Chinese characters broke up choppy English sentences.

“People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month).”

Ten yuan is equivalent to $1.61.

Our progressive ruling class has made no secret of its admiration for communist China (see here and here and here), which is apparently serving as a model to guide the “fundamental transformation” of America. When liberals have imposed their utopia, where will we send our desperate pleas for help?

On a tip from wingmann.

31 Responses to “A Message From China’s Collectivist Utopia”

  1. A.Men says:

    Deport Piers Morgan now! Sign petition on

  2. Jester says:

    People who work here have to work 15 hours a day without Saturday, Sunday break and any holidays. Otherwise, they will suffer torturement, beat and rude remark. Nearly no payment (10 yuan/1 month)

    That ringing in your ears you hear is the sound of deafening silence from the United States AFL-CIO — you know, those shining defenders of Workers, Proletarians, and The Little Guy?

    But really; what do big US unions care what communists in China do to their own workers? They would never, ever let that happen here to us, right?


    (… sound of MSM crickets cheeping…)

  3. Mickey Shea says:

    I remember these penny candies from when I was a little kid…I never took up smoking…apparently the moonbats have banned them. Next they’ll ban those wax vampire teeth and wax fingernails.

  4. wingmann says:

    Please,do your best….no more puchases of chinese stuff…GO USA!!

  5. Jester says:

    Indeed, A.Men, indeed. However, the effort to deport Mr. Morgan appears to have hit <a href=<a snag.

  6. Bo-Jangles says:

    Now what? Will we now send our brave troops to China to “help” those people, like we do everywhere else? China has close to 1.5 Billion people. If they don’t like the way they’re being treated, then why don’t they do something about it? Besides, if we get too cute with the ChiComs they just might tell us all to move to another country, since they already own most of this one.

  7. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    As much as economic freedom has (relatively) improved in China, this letter reminds us of the lack of political freedom.

  8. ERD says:

    Not to be too suspicious, but does anyone else get a slight BS vibe from this thing?

    “We work long hours, we get paid little, we get beaten, we go to jail without trials… and, by the way, here are the precise details about what building and department I work in…” That seems like an unlikely piece of data to include if you really worked in fear.

    Union thug plant? Hmmm…

  9. Bo-Jangles says:

    TOP-10 “Only In America” Observations – by a Canadian:

    1) Only in America, could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000.00 a plate campaign fund-raising event.

    2) Only in America, could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black while only 12% of the population is black.

    3) Only in America, could they have had the two people most responsible for the tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.

    4) Only in America, can they have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.

    5) Only in America, would they make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while discussing letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just ‘magically’ become American citizens.

    6) Only in America, could people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”

    7) Only in America, could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.

    8) Only in America, could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).

    9) Only in America, could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a Trillion dollars more than it has per year – for total spending of $7-Million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.

    10) Only in America, could the rich people – who pay 86% of all income taxes, be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

  10. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Whether real or fake, there is no denying the lack of political freedom in the Peoples Republic
    However, there is also no denying that private sector unions here are being rejected wholesale by the very workers they proclaim to protect.

  11. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Forgot to add that this may represent a wholesale rejection of Communism in practice

  12. MissAnthropy says:

    Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman approve.

  13. ERD says:

    Ghost –
    Who can deny the lack of political freedom by the PRC leaders?

    However, we weaken the argument when we embrace ANY piece of “evidence” that comes to us. We still need to scrutinize and separate fact from fiction or we are no better than propagandists who sent Jews (and others) to camps during the Nazi era.

    A random note, supposedly found by a random person, in a box of random Chinese imports that has some credibility issues shouldn’t be hoisted up on a pole at a rally as proof of anything.

    Rational thought – that’s our only hope.

  14. Lucky13 says:

    When looking for frozen wild caught salmon, buy Alaskan made. China sells more and more frozen fish these days, so why would a sane person buy any food products from RED China? Are you going to trust their “wild” salmon are not swimming in filth?

  15. ERD says:


    It’s hard for me to believe you really are a Canadian, but I’m not omniscient. Just know, that from someone who has family members from that quaint little country and spends most holidays with a mix of Canucks and Americans, your words are not even close to what I hear from true Canadians.

    I’ll say OK, maybe I’m wrong, but it will take a bit more to convince me you sing “Oh, Canada” on a regular basis. My bullshit detectors are singing loudly.

    Just the fact that you came up with a “Top-10” list: is CBC broadcasting Letterman now?

  16. Louisiana Steve says:

    This could be US.

  17. Wilberforce says:

    I posted this also in a different open thread. Can’t agree enough with what Wingmann posted above: No more Chinese goods! Just make a game of it and go to Wal-Mart and just try to buy something made in the USA. It’s either China, Indonesia, Taiwan, etc. Force the issue, your purchase is your vote.

    The other day, I was looking around Scheel’s and other places fr simple camping supplies. Would you believe that pretty much everything sold by (the once great American Coleman company) is NOT made here?

  18. ERD says:


    I’ve done the same game – go to Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel, ANYWHERE and try to find a US-made product.

    Until we get rid of unions, we are stuck with foreign goods. You cannot replace market forces with violence and coercion and expect anything less.

    While avoiding foreign goods, I’d also recommend that you boycott union-made even more (as much as possible). They are the death of American prosperity.

  19. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    We still need to scrutinize and separate fact from fiction or we are no better than propagandists who sent Jews (and others) to camps during the Nazi era

    NAZI propagandists ? Really ?
    Even CNN admits the presence of forced labor camps in China
    But I suspect you worry that the revelation that this letter is fake could turn uninformed zombies out there into Maoists like these morons
    And thanks to today’s Marxist loving Hollywierd and media personalities, not to mention the entire Democrapt party, it just may for some.
    But you could be correct that this is a fake.
    However, the Chinese do learn some basic English

  20. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    They are the death of American prosperity.
    Although you could also include:

    Regulatory compliance costs
    Slip and fall friendly tort laws
    Minimum wage law

  21. ERD says:


    Nobody is questioning the presence of forced labor camps in China. I have no doubt that they exist. I just thought that this letter looked a little fishy. Any real person subjected to persecution and imprisonment would be very unlikely to say “I work in factory six, line 7, shift 3.” That would seem like an invitation for punishment or maybe even a death sentence.

    We have to be discerning and careful. Chasing around every false piece of propaganda just because it satisfies our current narrative is foolish. The Internet is an infinite sewer of false information. Give me thirty minutes and I could create a similar document with a little help from Photoshop.

    I do all I can to avoid products I think could be created in forced labor camps overseas, or in forced-labor camps in non-right-to-work states here in the U.S. I see no difference between the two. Slavery is slavery.

  22. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    Right to work is becoming less and less of an issue in the private sector as those unions continue to bankrupt companies they are still holding out
    Even still, Michigan is already feeling the rumblings of economic growth
    But government can’t just quit or move.
    And right to work is not enough here.
    FDR had it right that public sector unionization is a menace and should be banned entirely.

  23. Ghost of FA Hayek says:

    I should amend this to state FDR believed public sector union strikes should be banned.
    (A distinction without a difference)

  24. dan says:

    it breaks my heart to read this…knowing that people are imprisoned and enslaved by an unfeeling and unsympathetic government in the name of controlling those who would be free….and that China is doing it too
    until we break the back of the prison industrial complex here….we can not hope to free captives in the rest of the world

  25. ERD says:

    “Buy American” means nothing, unless America is competitive.

    Checking the “Made in the USA Website,” I find that I can buy a $60 rake that sells at my local store for $12 (without shipping).

    Socks at $7 per pair (plus shipping), where I can buy six pairs locally for the same price (without shipping)?

    A $37 kid’s toy plane (plus shipping) that looks like something from the 1950s and would keep the interest of a modern kid for half a minute.

    A $50 leather belt??? (plus shipping) The last belt I bought at my local retailer was $12 without shipping nonsense.

    A $60 wallet (plus shipping), Hot sauce for $9 per bottle (plus shipping)??????????????? I can buy Louisiana Hot Sauce for one-tenth of the cost – and it is still made in the USA.

    Wait… maybe my favorite… a pair of flip flops for $40!!!! (plus shipping)

    I can go to Wal-Mart and buy a pair of flip-flops for about $3. Or, I can go to the flag-waving, overpriced, Made-in-the-USA site for $47 (including shipping). Which one do you think I would choose???

  26. ERD says:

    Their bumper sticker makes me want to puke – from a free market point of view:

    “A little more would I gladly pay for products made in the USA – Bring back America.”

    I know this sort of drivel sells well with the 30% IQ union folks, but it just doesn’t make sense in a true economy.

    Compete or die, America.

  27. Zachriel says:

    Jester: That ringing in your ears you hear is the sound of deafening silence from the United States AFL-CIO — you know, those shining defenders of Workers, Proletarians, and The Little Guy?

    AFL-CIO: China does not yet meet international labor law standards. Workers cannot freely choose their collective bargaining representatives and lack laws requiring employers to collectively bargain with employees. Most workers in China’s factories, mines, mills, warehouses, docks and transport hubs still have little or no say in selecting their union representatives, and no means, short of stopping work, to bring recalcitrant employers into direct negotiations over industrial grievances.

  28. ERD says:


    Please keep pushing unions in China. That is the only thing that will stop their productivity, just like it did in the US. Our nation is on its knees because of unions – maybe you can win the war against productivity in China as well.

    Maybe you can load up a ship with a bunch of union thugs to beat the hell out of these people and force them into union slavery. They would be freed of their former masters, only to have a new master.

    Save American jobs – boycott Union-made!

  29. Zachriel says:

    ERD: Please keep pushing unions in China.

    The right of workers to organize and choose their own leaders and negotiate with management without threat of arrest is an essential component of modern democracy. Yes, it will tend to raise wages, which will tend to raise costs, but also create new consumers. It’s the same process the Britain and other industrial societies went through.

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