Final Word from Friday, February 11, 2011

The CR ran a Kč 171bn trade surplus with Germany in the first11 months of last year, but it was offset 139% by the deficit withChina. Over a single year, the CR's trade deficit with Chinagrew by 42%, to Kč 237bn. Donald Trump said that if he wereelected U.S. president, the first thing he'd do is impose a 25%tax on Chinese imports. The Chinese are the enemy, he said.We have a counterproposal. Why not ban all Chinese importsthat contribute to a decline in our civilization and encourageChinese imports of all things that help us advance. Conversely,Western exports that contribute to Chinese progress - such ashi-tech transfers - could be banned, while exports that will reallyscrew up the enemy could be encouraged. Let them buildas many McDonald's as they want! For Czechs it would meanhaving to forego all the crappy toys and clothes they buy. Sellingclever Czech anti-virus software in China could be punishableby death, while Czech developers of mind-deformingcomputer games could be given big export subsidies.

Glossary of difficult words

mind game - a series of deliberate actions or responses planned for psychological effect on another, typically for amusement or competitive advantage;

to offset something - to counteract by having an opposite force or effect;

conversely - used to introduce a statement that reverses one that has just been made or referred to;

to screw someone up - to cause someone to be emotionally or mentally disturbed;

to forego/forgo - to go without, do without;

crappy - (mildly vulgar slang) worthless; disgusting or unpleasant.


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