do we really want to have china's work ethics? have you ever seen how people work there in factories? they are literally slaves but do it just because they dont have a choice.
From my point of view the "lazy" western countries have mainly two choices (or both at the same time):
1. Try to compete more with China directly, ie. doing more for less, like China is doing. Yes, unfortunately that could mean less money and benefits for workers and citizens.
2. Protectionism. If we can't compete with them, try to shut them out as much as possible. For example complaining about their "modern slavery" or how Chinese government is openly favoring Chinese companies, and keeping their currency down to help Chinese exports, and using that as a reason for blockage of Chinese goods. That is, the era of trade wars.
If we just sit and pretend nothing is happening, all western countries will go the same way as Greece. We are eating more than we are producing currently, everyone wants to play with money (get rich quick) instead of producing anything worthwile.
I would love to think that the emerging rich Chinese middle-class is also a new chance for western companies (and for some it has been a jackpot, e.g. I think Mercedes-Benz sales in China have soared), but as said, Chinese government seems to make sure that Chinese companies are preferred and favored.
it's easy to say don't elect them anymore, because if noone would vote they still get their say and if everyone else is the same there aren't much other options.
I would say it worked in Finland recently. The euro crisis was probably one of the main reasons why euro sceptic party ("Perussuomalaiset") boomed from a tiny irrelevant party to the third largest party. That is also the reason why Finland is no more taking it gladly in the a** in EU negotiations, or at least that's what we hope.
the netherlands has plenty of gas to sell but it's profits wont ever go to the public.
I propose study trips to e.g. Norway. ;) It appears to me they've known how to use their oil riches to benefit the whole country. Nigeria is the opposite example, don't do like they do. Russia is probably somewhere in between.