The section on the State Department is wrong. I know that much. Bremer might have been a devotee of Trad, but I was on details for three ambassadors to Iraq and none of them could be said to have any semblance of a "style".
You aren't understanding. Bad weather wouldn't have wiped out millions of Chinese before industrialization either. That's the whole point. If you can't understand that I don't know what else to say, other than the fact that your argument wouldn't pass muster in an academic setting. It doesn't mean you are wrong, it just means your argument doesn't support your claim.
Maybe, but that famine wouldn't have happened if they hadn't tried to become the world's factory. Do you see the problem here? You can make the argument that "conditions" in China are better today than they were before the Great Leap, whatever that means, but using the example of a famine that was created largely by industrialization itself to justify that claim makes no sense. It's just a failure to structure an argument in a cogent way. That kind of failure makes your...
The point is that droughts and bad weather didn't wipe out 30 million people. The thing that wiped out 30 million people was the process of getting to that industrial economy in the first place. It's highly misleading to suggest that industrialization is great because it would fend off massive hunger when that massive hunger was caused in large part by the process of industrializing.