This year feels like a greatest hit of “I told you so” euphemisms and that is certainly true of the situation in China. I suppose I’m a little surprised that people are just now discovering that China has been a communist country and is very much an oppressive regime. They have used corporate extortion with companies like Disney, Nike and Apple to hide their treachery behind capitalist goods sold back to the United States with a nice big smiley face. But it was never an illusion to me that they were a murderous blot of communists that needed to be destroyed at some point in time for their many injustices. My position on China has been always the same because I do know history and it has been appalling to me that so many American companies wanted to do business with China and actually bend to their will for a shot at their population as expansion of an emerging market.
As much as I support corporations, usually by the time they mature, they are not much different from socialist dictatorships ran by a board of directors as opposed to the innovative techniques that made them great in the first place. At the point of a company like Nike, The NBA or the movie industry looking for more and more people to consume their products its not a big deal to cave into the demands of China’s communism because as corporations, they are already thinking the same way within their organizations. Its all about brand protection, Nike has their image to protect that they’ve built over a long period of time. China also has an image to protect, so its not hard to see why they are such good bedfellows.
The good thing is that through the trade war, President Trump has forced the economy of China into a dire situation and they have lost their ability to project superiority as a culture. Taking away their buffer cash reserves has exposed China to the kind of dirty dealers they have always been, and its left this uncomfortable relationship between all these massive American corporations exposed. Seeing their chance for freedom under the protection of the Trump administration, the people of Hong Kong are making their move to stand up for themselves and it is really pissing off China to see all those American flags and protestors uttering American sentiments wherever they can.
China in response is trying to close off their culture to western ideas, which blows the plans of the Hollywood industry out of the water as they count on China to cover their bottom line these days. Naturally China is blaming America for a lot of the riots in Hong Kong and they are angry that they are losing their grip on the world both as a brand and financially. So, they are putting up their walls and trying to disconnect from the world as a reaction, which is really too late to attempt to do now. China culturally has oppressed their people so a stand off is ripe. And now, due to Trump, they don’t have the financial resources to deal with it. They have no choice but to make a deal with President Trump to make the pain go away. And that’s where things are today.
I learned what I needed to know about China from the Joseph Campbell book Oriental Mythology as it reported page by page how the communist government took over in 1949 and inflicted upon the good people there tyranny beyond belief. We all have a lot to be enraged about when political leftists and corporations want to turn a blind eye to the terror that is the Chinese government and has been for many years now in favor of making a few bucks. And they think they have a right to then lecture us on the evils of capitalism. Its all been a not so funny joke.
Yet our education system and our own government in general has looked to communist China as the way to do everything, which is appalling. We could have over a billion people if we wanted to, but the same leftists who support China with a desire to market products to their billions of people are the same who support abortion and the mass killing of millions and millions of potential Americans. The same leftists who preach to America about tolerance for Muslims and other aggressive religions is the same one that promotes China where religion is illegal unless you are worshiping the government. The political left has been pointing us all toward China for most of a half century and telling us that this was what was coming to us and we better get used to it.
And what did we ever get out of China? Nothing really, our trade relationship allowed them to loot off us and gain what they could as a tyrannical regime of communist advocates. The way to weaken them was to prevent them from cheating off our homework and let them fail on their own without propping them up. The only way Chinese communism was going to work was if they could loot off the United States corporations to validate their climb to power. All they had to bargain with was their billion people. Other than that, they had nothing. Yet the political left went all in on that gamble and now it is lost, crumbling before their eyes.
Yet what’s so astonishing is that so many people don’t know that China was and still is such a hostile power, that their communism was so evil, and vile. And that the Trump administration has exposed all this treachery without firing a single shot in aggression. Because honestly, its not bullets that make war work these days, its economics. In a lot of ways, it always was. The governments of the world wanted socialism, so they used China as a way to advance it around the world, they were propped up to succeed and corporate America forgot about the value of a strong nation and bought into the global brand. Why market to just Americans when the whole world was open to them, so it was an attractive proposition.
However, what everyone missed was that those Chinese markets do not have to be limited to us, as they have been. Think how much money could be made by these same corporations if you topple the communist government and free those markets in China along with Hong Kong? Most of those billion people who live in China are poor. Dirt poor. They don’t have money to go see NBA games, to see movies, or buy Nike tennis shoes. But once the communist government falls and the doors of capitalism open, there will be a lot more affluent people in China who could. So pandering to the communists was not the smart thing to do. Getting rid of them is, and with Trump’s tough stance with tariffs, it is exposing that communist government complete with all their weaknesses. They are going to have to change, they have no choice. Then, and only then will markets really be open to American companies. Pandering to evil will not help the bottom line, it just gives the illusion for a short-term gain at long term losses. Those losses are now being felt as they damn well should.
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