Buo Lai En
Five decades ago, Mao Tse-Tung instituted a Cultural Revolution that earned him the revulsion of the world, forcing urban Chinese to migrate into the countryside and become farmers, using starvation as a weapon to compel compliance. Millions died, and so inhuman were the conditions of this compulsory return to peasanthood that what goodwill the communists had merited by delivering their countrymen from the auspices of Chiang Kai-Shek was forever annulled, and the rhetoric of revolution lost for two generations any trace of credibility among all save the self-deluded.
Today, the "communists" in power in the "people's republic" that isn't one (see: http://society.moralintelligence.net/world-events/asia/east-asia/china/to_build_a_palace_in_the.php) have reversed the forced march, starving rural Chinese students into accepting an illusory deliverance from poverty by taking jobs with Apple supplier Foxconn and other corporations of comparable ethical orientation. If anything, these modern leaders have outstripped Mao in the art of pathocracy, for while they pontificate upon the benefits of industrial development as an antidote to want, the real effects upon their luckless compatriots cannot be contemplated without abhorrence; for in Shenzhen as in Henan, in Shanghai as in Guangzhou, *suicide* is left as the only means by which these workers may raise an outcry against their hellish servitude.
As we text our friends with our iPhones and sway to the tunes from the earbuds of our iPods, perhaps we should stop and be silent for a moment, and listen to the muffled scream of anguish from those who must forfeit health, future and sometimes life to bring them to us.