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China, the new America

(Hong Kong)
I’m sitting in Chicago’s physical connection to the world, O’Hare International Airport. Named after the famed lawyer who stood up against the gangster Al Capone (and his son, a fighter ace), O’Hare is something of a metaphor for America. The smell of big bold flavours, the giant steel beams painted white juxtaposed against polished glass, crowds of incredibly well-fed white people. I’m drinking a distinctly crisp Sam Adams and eating a burger in excess of 1500 calories. The man beside me is reading a magazine titled “Money”. I can’t help but feel a sense of freedom. Nobody can tell me I can’t eat this ridiculously delicious burger. This burger is MINE.
At the end of WWII, more than half of the world’s manufacturing capacity belonged to the USA. Coupled with the hard American work ethic, America has been the world’s police, largest economy, cultural powerhouse, technological leader and entertainment heavyweight. America stands alone, in the last 50 years, of being the singl…