Harmony at Gunpoint, by Tim Knight

When you squeeze dissent out of a society, you squeeze a lot of other things too—creativity, innovation, and individuality. From Tim Knight at Slope of Hope via zerohedge.com:

Over two days, I read the newly-published book We Have Been Harmonized cover to cover. For anyone interested in China, global economics, or high-tech surveillance, I heartily recommend it. The book is superbly written, well-researched, and comes from an author who is an expert in the field. In this post, I would like to explore some of the topics covered in the book.

For starters, I offer a philosophical question: Is there such a thing as a universal, indomitable human spirit? In other words, are all human beings imbued with the desire to live their lives freely and express themselves without fear of reprisal? Or is this notion simply coming from the head of someone like myself who has been blessed with life inside a western liberal democracy his entire life?

At the end of the book, that’s the question that was on my mind, because, as with the poor souls trapped in North Korea, I felt sorry for the Chinese. They have never been richer, never been more powerful, and never had a brighter future ahead, and yet I see a nation of 1.4 billion humans whose government wants to treat as one unified, obedient, singularity. For a person with my viewpoint, it’s a repulsive and unsettling reality.

It won’t be long before China is the largest economy on the planet. Their resentment of the “lost century” (most of the 1800s) runs deep, and they have no intention of squandering their financial or military might. In the process, they want every want of their citizens to fall into line and become the ‘new man’ that Marx and Lenin dreamed about creating.

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2 responses to “Harmony at Gunpoint, by Tim Knight

  1. Bob:
    In reading this article, I find a sense of foreboding at the thought of reading “We Have Been Harmonized,” cited by the author.

    With America’s on-going/accelerating default of the ideas/ideals of the Enlightenment’s Reason, Rand’s Atlas Shrugged has become virtually certain. Specifically, one cannot have the constantly-increasing and innovative cornucopia of goods and services bursting-forth from individual freedom, while at the same time said freedom is restricted/destroyed. The “cornucopia” will slow, atrophy, and disappear following the “disappearance” of those of us who best represent the source of freedom’s bounty.
    Assuming as absence of war, when China supplants the U.S. and the American experiment is rendered “obsolete” and passé, then the “shrugging” that will take place will have already occurred in America, but will then befall China – where the “Atlases” were only emerging in concert with their counterpart’s destruction in America. China’s rise to economic “prominence” will then slow, atrophy, and regress, just as is the case when freedom is invariably restricted, though who or what then might emerge – and where, I haven’t the foggiest. Europe shows no signs of their aspiring “Atlases” – at least those not having already migrated to America, of resisting Rand’s “shrug!”

    Perhaps I shall, instead, read said book. If I already reflect the above state-of-mind, then reaffirming it shouldn’t further damage it. Perhaps I will glean insight or vision for hope?!



    • The basics of the Chinese system are being instituted in the US under the guise of coronavirus totalitarianism. I probably won’t have time to read the book, but it sounds like a preview of coming attractions here in America.


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