China spends $1B to build a clone of Hallstatt, Germany, as a kind of theme park.
Which means China just got to 1990, welcome to post modernism. The construction of a fake world orients the people to “this is fake,” which solicits its own cognitive response: therefore everything else is real. The problem is “everything else” is the highly manipulated economy of China, where branding substitutes for reality and psychiatry takes over for purpose. If you want to know what China will look like in 2037, watch TV tonight.
In this fake Hallstatt China says, “look upon our infinite productivity– we’ve gone beyond the scarce resources of feudalism!” and it simplifies “Europe” to a quaint snapshot (“it’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”) America has its Chinatowns, which are thankfully filthy, serving the same purpose. But it’s where you go for “authentic” food.
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