Major publisher retracts 43 scientific papers amid wider fake peer-review scandal

OK, so I both agree and disagree with portions of this comment.

Firstly, to imply that Beijing isn't a nice place to stay for long stretches is incredulous. It's one of the least polluted major cities in the mainland and offers tradition, culture, sightseeing et. al. that you won't see anywhere else in the country. ANYWHERE is a bad place to be if you're away from your family for a long period of time.

Secondly, this is a problem that is endemic within all cultures inside this geographic circle. Think China is bad? Go down to Delhi... Or ANYWHERE in India. There are a multitude of reasons for this, but the primary one is that these people have never had an industrial revolution like the ones we in America, the UK, Japan and most of Western Europe have gone through. You can make an argument for Singapore, but that might as well be called 'Western Europe: Relocated' because it's so colonialized.

This is why I'm proud to be an American most of all. It's because out of all the other Western countries, we work them all under the dirt. We call them lazy, because according to the people whose ancestors were slaves, sharecroppers, indentured servants, blue-collar 70-hour week factory/construction/farm/ranch/oil/trucker workers, you're a pussy if you don't put in over 40 hours.

THIS HAS HELPED US SUCCEED MORE THAN ANY BANK/FINANCIAL INSTITUTION, FOREIGN POLICY, OR ANY OTHER FACTOR YOU CAN IMAGINE. If it were so easy to replace us, Dell wouldn't be moving back. There is NO WHERE, REPEAT, NO WHERE else in the world that you can get as much bang for your buck as in America. We have skilled workers who you can literally expect to push themselves at least 50 hours a week on a decent salary, and with a bit of motivation/culture/perks/family feel to a company, most of us will put in 60 hours no problem.

This has shaped the way the entire world does business. There's a reason why 'Made in America' holds its value. Have you ever known a Made in America product to not last 10 years?

To say that it is specifically a part of Chinese culture is very insulting. It's a part of the world culture that doesn't understand what the new economic system that we've developed which took over the entire world and changed it permanently entails.

You have to understand that even now, China is only considered a second-world country. This is only because it's considered 'newly industrialized'. The culture in most places in the world is based on people whose grandparents grew up subsistence farming. China being newly industrialized actually resembles this the least. As I said, try India or even Peru, Vietnam, Malaysia, etc!

To say that the Chinese don't understand honor is a laughable suggestion. Their ethics regarding family honor is what pushes the "Asian" academic stereotype!

We have to understand that the lens with which we view things is not always reality. These cultures are not used to a system which we've had almost 200 years to adapt to. They didn't have a Henry Ford which revolutionized their country; they simply have not been the epicenter for technological advancement in 1,000+ years.

"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."

-Abraham Lincoln

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