It’s not a totally absurd notion. When people lose their livelihoods and their homes, and see the investment bankers who brought this upon us continuing to reap fat bonuses after receiving taxpayer-funded handouts of unprecedented size, there’s no telling where their emotions might lead them. Expect to see more articles like this in early 2009, as people begin to realize exactly what’s at stake here. The troops are standing by. Those giving the order for them to do so know what’s coming down the road.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.