But hope springs eternal, perhaps for the naysayers of market socialism, aka local state capitalism.
With guanxi relationships blossoming like bamboo shoots after a spring rain, and young men's fancy, perhaps they cannot be blamed.
A national, potentially regional or global, system of market economy based on particularity and schmooze is definitely a challenge to the armchair stock traders who sit in lower manhatten, scoff at labor (and marx), and eat packets of mustard as subsistence.
My contribution: a cartoon from China Securities Journal (CSJ), January 10, 2009, page one (A1):
The cannon, looking lonesome, has a tag around its neck reading:
And underwater my stocks continue to be.