"He's a snake in the grass, I tell ya guys; he may look dumb but that's just a disguise; he's a mastermind in the ways of espionage." Charlie Daniels, "Uneasy Rider" Kuznets - TT's Lost in Tokyo

Avatar resonates in China - where standing up for property rights (and against "progress") can be downright subversive by TokyoTom

It looks as if James Cameron` s Avatar movie - which is seen by many in the West as predictibly shallow, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, pro-enviro and racially politically correct - has struck a home-owners` rights chord that is resonating in China...

Envirofascists at Heritage Foundation worry about China's environmental problems by TokyoTom

The bleeding-heart liberal do-gooders! Puzzlingly, this Heritage Foundation essay completely fails to mention the predominant role of the state and the lack of property rights in generating the problem. They make Tom Friedman seem like the real advocate...

Tom Friedman/NYT roots for freedom and property rights as ways to propel Chinese progress along the enviro Kuznets curve by TokyoTom

Here's the money quote from Tom Friedman 's interesting op-ed at the Sunday New York Times : " The problem for the ruling Communist Party is this: China can’t have a greener society without empowering citizens to become watchdogs and...

Chris Horner/CEI: Confused or alarmist on Kuznets, China and climate? by TokyoTom

The right-wing Business & Media Institute has published a rather confused piece by Chris Horner , senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute , in which Horner, while noting China's progress along the environmental Kuznets curve (as...

"Environmental Kuznets curve" and Onion's spoof of China's Status as World’s Number One Air Polluter by TokyoTom

Sorry; this was too good not to share: http://www.theonion.com/content/video/china_celebrates_its_status_as . China has now outstripped the rest of the world in GHG emissions, as well. Government ownership of (and favoritism to) much of industry, a lack...