…from the quill of Antisthenes


What have the Chinese done again? They claim to have been planting 4 million hectares of trees every year for the last twenty years. Since 2011 is the International Year of Forests, China promised even more – 40 million hectares in the next ten years. Our Greens, Garnauts, Gillards, Turnbulls and other deliberately rose-coloured-glasses people will rejoice. Well, I know that forty divided by ten is still four, but who am I to argue with President Hu Jintao? The Chinese economy is impressive, even if one discounts the official statistics by half and square roots the official promises.

Unfortunately, in recent years over 100 million hectares of the predominantly primary or natural forests were privatised, and by now converted to chopsticks. Most of the new plantations are eucalyptus, rubber and fruit trees, i.e. exotic species. For economic reasons, they are being established in unsuitable arid or semi-arid conditions and on the Tibetan Plateau, which was never previously forested. The fast growing monoculture of planting on such an enormous scale threatens biodiversity and whole ecosystems. It also increases the risk of catastrophic fires. If not in a communist country, it would elicit noisy protests of the so called lovers of nature.

Yet another environmental disaster which will affect the whole of Asia is in the making in the Middle Kingdom. Marginally Mellowed Mao Mandarins could not care less; what is important is the “face”, on this occasion the “environmental face” presented to the naive West. I do not think the round eyes should take anything coming out of its propaganda machine seriously.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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  1. Rejas says:

    Great post! I think somebody mentioned it already on this blog – how can anybony in her right mind trust China’s rulers?

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