Regarding educational levels, it should also be noted that:
1. The collapse of the Guild and Apprenticeship systems in most industries has left most youths with no viable option for a trade-oriented education.
2. With most grunt worker jobs being long obsolete and only economical at wages that are illegal in the developed world, there are few jobs that an uneducated youth is qualified for.
3. Discriminatory laws that reduce human rights to adult privileges have, among other things, rendered Student as the only socially acceptable occupation for youths, regardless of ability.
4. Combining the above, Secondary-level academic education has been crushed under the added weight of youth who in previous eras would either be doing Apprenticeship or already have a rank-and-file job.
5. Not only has this extra weight hurt the quality of secondary academic education, it has resulting in standards being dropped to allow those with no place in academia to get Diplomas.
6. Though a domino effect, you have a situation where individuals of lessor ability are climbing ever higher through the traditional degree tiers, making each degree more common and less valuable while lowering the average ability of individual at a given level.
7. All of this is a simple matter of numbers. While I do not approve of eugenics or restricting a person's right to have children, the only way to relieve pressure on the education system without a complete overhaul or refusing to educate the unintelligent is to drastically reduce the number of children being born.
8. Even with their restrictions on having children and receiving an education, the Chinese are likely to reach a point where they have the same problem if their minimum wage continues to rise.
9. Japan has managed to avoid this problem due to a naturally low birth rate, negative population growth, and having actual trade schools for those unfit for hardcore academia
10. Several other developed countries have some combination of low/negative population growth, a healthy apprenticeship system, trade schools, etc. that help keep the value of academic diplomas and degrees high.
In all fairness, most of the domestic critique I have heard from China comes from those living in Hong Kong, which is under the authority of the Chinese Government, but enjoys far greater freedom without government interference. Of course, just as here in the US, successful business owners in China do have some unfair privilege regardless of their ethics, and as their emerging middle class becomes more acclimated to technology, it becomes harder to get them under lock-and-key. Contrary to popular belief, the Chinese are not all subsistence farmers or factory wage slaves.
Also, to be completely honest, I could not care less about the United States or any other artificial geopolitical construct people have come-up with to divide humanity in to "Us and Them". Beyond my own self-preservation, my primary concern is the general well-being of human society as a whole. I do not believe in deliberately sacrificing one group to benefit another, especially over something as insignificant as geography. The Chinese worker is not the enemy of the American Worker, and do not see how sacrificing millions of innocent Chinese workers can do any net good for humanity as a whole, even if it would help as many American workers as many seem to think. If anything, it is Corrupt American Business Executives who are the common enemy of all workers, American and Chinese alike, and to a lessor extent, the Corrupt politicians in the US and Chinese Governments and possibly even some Corrupt business executives on the Chinese side.
As a consumer with little disposable income, the best I can do is try to support those who produce a quality product at a reasonable price while maintaining strong ethics and encourage others to do the same. Buying into hasty generalizations or discrimination based on anything other than merit does not help me or anyone else towards this goal. As a single voter without resources to influence the masses, the best I can do is cast individual votes against the status quo of incompetent and/or corrupt government.
I believe humanity has a great untapped potential, but we can only achieve it when we discard that which divides us and embrace that which unites us. E pluribus unum, out of many, one, a motto that described how from many colonies, the United States arose as a single nation, but I desire to see it go much other, where from many human beings, we achieve a single humanity that encompasses the whole world. I may have my head in the clouds, but I try to keep my feet planted firmly on the ground, and do my best to have the integrity to stand by my convictions.
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