Not only Christmas thoughts: Can a consumer shock from China bring a European Renaissance and Enlightment?
Sometimes I ask myself whether such a medium-sized consumption shock in the event of a trade-policy dispute with China doesn’t even contain this stupid hedonistic consumerism and makes people think about what you do with your time and money, especially with themselve, the people that surrounds them personally, locally, nationally and globally, as well as nature, which is not digital, when the Nintendo console and the Christmas business from China are missing or other entertainment and leisure electronics or the latest fast fashion items and other junk. Perhaps people would also focus on substantial, fundamental especially more reproductive and productive expenditures and thoughts about such as family support, infrastructure, health system, pension sytem, care for elder people, necessary defense tasks, housing and digitization, as well as a return to nature and its appreciation, as well as more of the interpersonal relationships and humanistic values of the Enlightenment including human rights. Perhaps a consumer shock from China could cause a spiritual reorientation of Europe, Europen Renaissance and new Enlightment, including Global Gateway and its own fighting spirit in a globalised world. Maybe a wishful thinking and admittedly, one is realist enough not to advocate a trade war as Trump with China. You don’t have to ruin yourself and the Chinese. But we do not have to fear every consumer shock from China, since China is not the only potential supplier in Asia and the rest of the world and it also wants to move away from cheap mass production and leave this to other countries that the EU could impose fair trade conditions on. You don’t always want to feel like a pig when you’re doing business and you don’t need every artificially produced and supposed consumer need. Back to the basics, even if the ideologues of economic growth and their instigators on stock exchange television do not like this. In any case, all these business news are annoying that the retail trade has broken another Christmas business sales record again and all these kids, even adults who croak your ears with Black Friday and moan like little spoiled children and tremble with fear whether the Christmas entertainment electronics from China might be missing. Black Friday was once the term for the global economic crisis of 1929, but is now synonymous with excessive consumption frenzy and shopping orgies. Times are changing. Perhaps a consumer shock would put an end to this whining once you got used to it. Or maybe, on the contrary, it would get louder and even more angry, but then possibly not at all directed against China .