Moral amnesia is one of those signs of a telltale bubble that doesn’t show up in official statistics.
When people become indifferent or ignorant about actual human suffering, that might be all you need to know.
So it is with that in mind that we present this Shanghai Daily piece (with key parts bolded by us) that’s just chock full of moral amnesia in real-estate crazy China.
FARMER Tao and his 92-year-old father set themselves on fire when a
100-strong team led by a township chief set out to tear down their home
and their pig farm.
The farmers had found the compensation they were being offered far too
The son died and the father was injured – but, according to Beijing
Times, that did little to distract the team from their destructive
Yes, the incident caused a two-hour delay, but the home and the farm
were pulled down while the remains of the victim were still lying
The job was certainly carried out in a professional manner.
For instance, prior to the assault, a curfew was announced immediately
around the affected area, and other members of the family had been
escorted out of harm’s way.
This happened on Saturday in Huangchuan Township, Donghai County,
Jiangsu, but it can be happening anywhere today.
One report suggests that officials there wanted to have the demolition
completed before April 1, when a new relocation law would make forced
relocation more difficult. This is likely an exaggeration of their
respect for law.
That a villager chose to end his life in such a violent way can only
dramatize the futility of any resistance.
The futility of their resistance. Classic.
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