Simi Valley Sophist

The Simi Valley Sophist ruminates on all manner of topics from the micro to the macro. SVS travels whatever path strikes his fancy. Encyclopedia Britannica: Sophist "Any of certain Greek lecturers, writers, and teachers in the 5th and 4th centuries BC, most of whom travelled about the Greek-speaking world giving instruction in a wide range of subjects in return ..."

Location: California, United States

Retired: 30years law enforcement-last 20 years Criminal Intelligence Detective.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Starbucks, Way Too American for the Chinese

Starbucks, that ubiquitous, over-priced and highly successful example of American entrepreneurial and capitalistic spirit is stirring-up Chinese discontent in Bejing.

A Chinese lawmaker revived calls for the removal of a Starbucks coffee shop from Beijing's famed Forbidden City, saying its presence was a smear on China's historical legacy,…

Starbucks "can no longer be allowed to taint China's national culture…

You can read that to mean that Starbucks has injected too much Americanism into China, which is at odds with Chinese nationalistic ardor. The next thing you know, the Internet will have to be curtailed to protect Chinese populace from its corrupting influence. You say the Chinese are already censoring the Internet? Oh well, the Chinese authorities can just run over the tainted citizens with tanks. Been there, done that.