This was a reply to another thread, but I have decided to make it a new thread to see what others think. I concur. Peter Schiff has said that one major advantage of China is that China is not a democracy. There is no historic correlation between democracy and economic well being, nor is democracy a necessary and sufficient condition for economic success. In my opinion, we in the US are under an invisible or indirect slavery, not much different from the colonial times. Taxation: The ultimate slave master is the IRS, which owns 40% of my hard labor. Everybody in the US is an economic slave. Who owns property also owns the labor of renters through indirect slavery. Mortages (Latin: mort- death; gage- grip) make banks the owners of the labors of mortgagees. How much taxes do ordinary Chinese pay? Read the recent "Economist." What good is the freedom of speech, freedom of this and that crap, when you can't even keep what you make? For me, I strongly believe economic freedom, rather than economic slavery, is a higher ranking card than freedom of babbling. Democracy and freedom in the West is really just a sham; it is a disguise and diversion to prevent us from asking for real economic freedom. To me, the most practical freedom of speech is Internet porn, which is not officially allowed in China. Who in a truly free society would need religion? Congratulations to China for freeing more than a billion of humanity from the shackles of religion! Have you ever thought that our labor (and the bailout) that we surrender to the IRS by force actually goes to the FED or Treasury, and through debt, to the international bankers and the world's ultra-rich who own nations by instrument of debt? Welcome to the New World Order. Please read "Creature from Jekyl Island" and the "Dollar Crisis." Even if you think it is conspiracy theory, I still choose to believe it.