The Elephant in the (War) Room
The Beatles, Revolution
An interesting tidbit here, to serve as a roundabout intro to this piece…
Even though it was a solid hit, John Lennon actually took a lot of heat for Revolution, the song he penned for The Beatles in 1968. The problem wasn’t that it was too incendiary…
It was that the catchy, feel-good tune was too pacifistic for the more radical elements of the New Left that were thundering across the American political landscape at that time, like herds of brainwashed buffalo.
Apparently, a lot of these counterculture pinkos felt betrayed by Lennon’s musical criticism of the destruction they were espousing. That’s because many of them considered violence a necessary adjunct to achieving their goal of overthrowing the American establishment and installing a communistic government.
Wounded by this criticism, Lennon later attempted to shore up his commie street cred and atone for his shameless peace-mongering by embracing Maoist revolutionary doctrine, and releasing his “Power to the People” single (later to become Bernie Sanders’ campaign song).
Yes, I’m going somewhere relevant with this…
Chairman Mao’s “Cultural Revolution” of 1966 – 1976 was aimed at sweeping away the vestiges of capitalism in China’s system — along with any pesky traditions that might’ve undermined the nation’s total adherence to their own unique brand of communism. Many among the New Left here in the west admired Mao’s zealous commitment to these goals, and the often violent methods he used to further them.
Point being, there was a massive simultaneous movement to defeat and overthrow capitalism in both the People’s Republic and the United States in the ‘60s and ‘70s, much of it driven by China’s vision, and a Chinese model of doing things.
But it’s not really so different in America today, is it?
Capitalism and democracy are again under attack internally — and we’re still dancing to China’s tune, in so many ways. Here’s what I mean…
“You’re losing the war,” whisper the ghosts of Tiananmen Square
Today marks the 31st anniversary of the violent end of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, arguably democracy’s last stand in the People’s Republic of China.
Of course, the world will never know the real scope of the casualties in this noble push for freedom, because the Chinese government always lies about everything (even their country’s name is a lie — “People’s Republic,” my ass). But we all know how it ended for the protesters: In violence, blood, and death.
Now think about the irony in this, given today’s backdrop.
A generation ago, untold numbers of valiant Chinese citizens whose names we’ll never know — many of them young college students — were slaughtered by their communist government for daring to demand democracy’s fairness and equality.
But now, America’s young people are increasingly clamoring for various shades of socialism and communism — rejecting democracy, capitalism, and the free market as unfair, unequal, and destructive to the planet.
What makes this irony even more tragic is that China’s deadly Tiananmen Square protests arguably galvanized an intercontinental movement that swiftly spurred massive systemic change away from communism, for everyone but the Chinese.
By the end of 1989, the commie governments of Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and East Germany had collapsed or ceded power, punctuated by the fall of the Berlin Wall in November. Other Soviet-bloc nations soon followed — and on Christmas Day of 1991, the Hammer and Sickle was lowered from atop the Kremlin for the last time, never to be flown again.
All those people in all those places suddenly found themselves liberated by the promise of freedom, opportunity and self-determination to one degree or another. But not the Chinese people, the ones who clearly helped nudge those communist dominoes into toppling.
They’ve been forced to endure three more decades worth of iron-fisted oppression, terror, and industrial servitude in the prosecution of a multi-front war against the United States they can’t possibly believe in — yet are powerless to prevent.
Yes, I said war. That’s exactly what it is.
And America needs to wake up and start fighting it in our hearts, minds, and halls of power. Because we’ve been playing into China’s hands for decades now, and if we’re not very careful from here on out…
We’re going to end up the United States of Chimerica — just like those pinko punks wanted us to be back in the ‘60s
A little over six weeks ago, I wrote a piece in this forum about what I called the “Chimerica Catch-22.”
The basic point of it was that our efforts over the last four decades to erode Chinese communism by example, by preferential treatment (see also: Biden, Joe), and by insatiable consumption of their products instead of our own have backfired spectacularly.
And because of that, America is now painted into a corner in which there are only two real courses of action available, neither one of them desirable.
Option one: We can intertwine our economy with China’s to such an extreme degree that they’d be shooting themselves in the foot by harming us in any way.
Option two: We can undertake a messy, painful, expensive, and prolonged divorce in which we’ll suffer the wrath of our vindictive former spouse on a daily basis, in a hundred different ways…
While also struggling to learn how to make even the most basic things for ourselves again — like someone freshly out of a 40-year marriage in which he (or she) never had to set foot in the kitchen.
To me, the choice is obvious.
We pay the piper. We do the hard thing. We bite the bullet, perhaps literally.
This starts with recognizing that we are, in fact, already at war with China. That’s the elephant in the room nobody really seems to want to talk about. Not simply a “Cold War,” in the recent words of China’s Foreign Minister — and not actually a shooting war (yet) — but a war nonetheless.
I won’t bore you with a bunch of citations from Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, and others that prove this assertion. But trust me when I tell you there are countless parallels between what China has been doing to the United States for decades and classical descriptions of warfare strategies and tactics from the age-old, immortal authorities on such things.
China’s thieving of our data, technology, and patents at every turn — those are all forms of espionage, much of it conducted under the guise of foreign investment.
And their relentless hacking of our systems and networks (see also: Equifax breach) is outright sabotage.
Currency manipulation, unfair trade practices, and the accumulation of prodigious amounts of U.S. debt — those are weapons of economic destabilization.
Pushing around American allies like Hong Kong and Taiwan is also clearly a type of economic aggression (diplomatic, too), albeit more tactical than strategic.
Construction of new territories and bases in the South China Sea and brazen naval actions in violation of international law challenge America’s military supremacy. It also forces us to commit resources to counter-moves of our own. Not to mention making us seem indecisive and over-extended in the eyes of the world.
And China’s escalating campaign of derisive rhetoric — including calling the U.S. a “failed state” earlier this week in their government-run media — is clearly meant to weaken us in the world’s perception, while strengthening themselves.
I could give you more examples, too. But you get the point.
Last but not least, though, let’s talk about the coronavirus. Because that plays into this “multi-front war” angle, too…
This current pandemic may not have been a bioweapon — but the NEXT one could be
I don’t believe (or want to believe) that China intentionally loosed the coronavirus on the world. That doesn’t add up from a dollars and cents perspective, or from a “global optics” standpoint, which actually does seem important to the PRC.
However, there is some debate about whether the virus could’ve accidentally been released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where a whole lot of cutting-edge bat virus research takes place. And there’s evidence to suggest that this is possible.
Official correspondence from U.S. diplomatic scientists as far back as 2018 reveal deep concerns about protocols and training at the WIV — and about the potential for accidental release of a SARS-like pandemic from that facility. And just a few days ago, a top Chinese health official finally acknowledged that the Wuhan “wet market” was NOT the original source of the virus.
That’s a pretty damning one-two punch, if you ask me. And it dovetails into the point I’m trying to make with respect to the coronavirus and China’s multi-front war against America. That point is this…
The PRC has now seen firsthand how devastating a pandemic can be to its rivals and adversaries around the globe — the U.S. principal among them. It’s no longer some theoretical war game to them, playing out on paper in some war room in Beijing. And even if they didn’t intentionally release it, they’re certainly taking advantage of its effects to ratchet up their rhetoric and flex their military (especially naval) might.
Bottom line: Diseases like the novel coronavirus are now a proven weapon of mass destruction, lethal and devastating in their effect, yet also somewhat deniable. If you’re China, that’s pretty much the perfect weapon, wouldn’t you say?
I think so. And if you and I can see this angle, so can Xi Jinping. The man’s not stupid.
So I don’t think it’s a stretch at all to believe that seeing how their virus hobbled America’s economy, terrorized its people, and stymied its government at multiple levels could embolden the PRC to intentionally create the next killer pandemic for potential stealth deployment as a bioweapon…
Because in the immortal words of ancient Chinese warfare wizard Sun Tzu, “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
In this respect, America is being hopelessly naïve — while China is gaming the living hell out of us.
Freedoms Editor, Whiskey & Gunpowder