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  Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:06 PM

A Socialist America Ensures Chinese Victory in the New Cold War




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Greg Jones
January 9, 2019


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In today's hyperpartisan political environment, it's rare that I manage to give my liberal friends even the slightest moment of pause.

But occasionally, when debates on Trumpism and conservatism inevitably turn to Reaganism, and they begin to parrot the usual revisionist history and criticisms of the Gipper's tactics, I make a request that nearly always throws them off their game: "Just imagine that Russia won the Cold War."

As they ponder I continue. "Art and culture outside of what was manufactured by the State was essentially illegal in the Soviet Union, and life in the Eastern bloc was ruthlessly dictated by a foreign power."

It's the second part, that appeal to their artistic and anti-colonial values, that makes them consider, and occasionally concede, my point.


And while I wish such arguments would remain relegated to history, the rise of the far left in America (and its passion for socialist economics) and the rise of China as a world power unfortunately give credence to a quote often, and perhaps erroneously, attributed to Mark Twain: "History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes."

The left's growing interest in socialism, as evidenced by the sudden popularity of far-left politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, eerily mirrors China's own experiments, and massive failure, with Communism. Meanwhile, China's increasing reliance on capitalism likewise parallels America's postwar rise to global scientific and military superpower.

Hence the need for the American left to proceed with extreme caution, as any further migration toward socialism might well mean that China, a state with values wholly antithetical to Western liberalism, inherits the global throne.

The Asian Leviathan's surveillance apparatus has given rise to an Orwellian "social credit" system that penalizes citizens for any number of random transgressions, from jaywalking to not visiting one's elderly parents. Rebukes range from public shaming to travel restrictions to confiscation of violators' dogs (talk about authoritarian overreach).

Couple that with the Chinese government's affection for the death penalty; in 2015 alone at least 1,634 Chinese were put to death, compared to 28 in the States. Even worse, there is legitimate speculation that the government actually profits from the death penalty via the sale of the deceased prisoners' organs. And many, if not most, of those sentenced to death are the result of the country's extremely harsh drug laws, among the most severe in the developed world.

Systematic persecution of minorities, including internment camps for Muslim minorities, labor abuses, and mass censorship, is commonplace, and the Chinese military machine has made no bones about its regional, and even global, ambitions.

In short, China is a Western liberal's worst nightmare. And yet the American left has seemingly no desire to wake up.



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 01:26 PM

View Postpepperonikkid, on 09 January 2019 - 01:06 PM, said:

And yet the American left has seemingly no desire to wake up.


Of course not. If they ever did wake up they'd have to stop being leftists.

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