The Book of Genesis covers a great deal of people throughout a great deal of time. From the creation of the universe to Adam and Eve in and out of the Garden, Cain killing Abel, Seth being born to Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Abraham being the forefather of the faith, his son Isaac’s long-awaited birth, Jacob and Esau’s rivalry, ending with Joseph’s story of betrayal and hardship until reaching the second highest position in the land of Egypt and helping his family move there.
The Book of Exodus, in turn, covers the story of Moses, for the most part. And in the beginning of Exodus, starting from verse 6, we read the following:
“Then Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.”
“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, ‘Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.’ Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.”
“Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, ‘When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him, but if it is a daughter, she shall live.’ But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live. So the king of Egypt called the midwives and said to them, ‘Why have you done this, and let the male children live?’ The midwives said to Pharaoh, ‘Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.’ So God dealt well with the midwives. And the people multiplied and grew very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, ‘Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.’”
The reason I bring this story up, at least up to this point, is because much like Pharaoh, it seems as though Chinese President Xi Jinping is afraid of the surge in numbers of people of faith.
According to The UK Express, who quote Director of Strategic Research at Christian charity, Open Doors, Dr Ron Boyd-MacMillan, “China’s premier is becoming increasingly concerned by the size of the Church – currently estimated at 97 million people.”
Dr. Boyd-MacMillan claimed that the size of the church in China is expected to increase rapidly in the next couple of decades, reaching 300 million people by 2030 at the rate it’s currently growing (roughly 7-8%), thus “creating a group big enough to challenge Xi’s government.”
He said: “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church, and the growth of the Church. And if it grows, at the rate that it has done since 1980, and that’s about between seven and eight percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030. And, you know, the Chinese leadership, they really do long term planning, I mean, their economic plan goes to 2049, so this bothers them. Because I think if the Church continues to grow like that, then they’ll have to share power.”
The UK Express also shared an infographic depicting China’s military power (which they claim is accurate as of November 2020, so the numbers are probably a bit higher at this point, assuming that the CCP would even share these numbers to begin with), as you can see below.
As you can see, it depicts a few notable things. First, the population, which currently stands at 1,384,688,986. The fact that, already, the Chinese Church stands at 97 million is rather bad for Xi, as they make up 7% of the total population, and as I have already mentioned in prior articles, it only takes 3.5% of the population actively protesting peacefully to drive meaningful change. With the Chinese population growing at approximately 0.3% per year, the 300 million Christians would be roughly 20% of the Chinese population by the year 2030.
These are not insignificant numbers, whatsoever. Second, they show China’s military power in terms of military personnel and vehicles.
2.7 million total personnel is not insignificant, unfortunately, as the U.S.’s total military personnel is roughly 2.4 million. Those numbers may not be too far apart, but during times of war, the personnel tend to go up (following 9/11, the military saw a surge in enlistment, and that was just to hunt down illiterate savages sleeping in sand), and there are roughly a billion Chinese compared to 330 million Americans. Not that every single resident of the countries would be fighting, of course, but I’m largely talking about total possible manpower.
We do, however, have an advantage in terms of vehicles, most likely. I don’t know the estimated number of military vehicles we have available, but I know for sure that we have more than just two aircraft carriers unlike China.
But these numbers are only interesting to know in the event of war against China, which isn’t the main point of this article. Like I mentioned before, the Chinese Church makes up roughly 7% of the Chinese population and that number is increasing year-over-year at a rate of seven or eight percent.
With Christians being the natural enemy of communism and communists, it’s no surprise, really, that Xi would feel threatened by such a massive surge in faith every year. Particularly as he has tried his darndest to oppress and Chinafy the Church, trying to turn people’s faith away from God and towards himself.
But as Exodus 1:12 says, “But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.”
My comparison to the Book of Exodus isn’t to say that we might one day see a Christian exodus from China. What I’m trying to do is draw comparisons between Xi and Pharaoh, the conditions of their targets in their own times, and what faith in God will do for the believers. God delivered the Jews out of Egypt. He might do the same for Christians in China, or He might even lead Christians in China to rule the future former-communist country.
Can you imagine how delightful it would be for China to become a Christian nation, run as a Republic, and faithful to God? Instead of an economic and political rival, we would have an economic and political friend (assuming Christianity further grows in the U.S. as well and defeats the Satanic Left).
I don’t know the plans that God has for His people in China, but knowing His goodness, I know that He will deliver good things to them, even if there is hardship along the way.
I pray that the latter option happens, and Christians begin ruling China, dealing a deathblow to communism worldwide.
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Following the end of the Second World War, the world was made fully aware of what had transpired at select concentration camps throughout Europe. Genocide was the only word which could describe it, though it was hardly used before such atrocities were known. Upon finding this out, the world said “never again.” As I have pointed out in previous articles, it is clear that the world lied, because China is doing much the same what Nazi Germany did, though with a different target.
As far as we know, there are roughly one million Uyghurs in concentration camps in China, likely alongside many Christians, seeing as the CCP has no regard for any religion which does not see Xi as their deity. I say “as far as we know” because it wouldn’t be surprising if the actual number is considerably higher, and with different groups of people.
On December 17, 1942, following reports of the Nazi plan to exterminate the Jews, the Allies issued a proclamation condemning such plans and declared that they would punish the perpetrators, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. The full extent of the Nazis’ intent on destroying the Jews was not fully known, however, until after the war and the Allies liberated the camps. The world had an excuse for not having prevented or stopped The Holocaust: they largely didn’t know about it. They knew the Nazis wanted to exterminate the Jews, but didn’t know what they were already doing.
The world, however, has no excuse for not doing something about the genocide that the CCP is perpetrating not only against Uyghurs but also, in all likelihood, Christians and anyone they consider “enemies of the state.” Remember also that it wasn’t just the Jews that the Nazis put into concentration camps, but also people whom they considered to have been “enemies of the Reich.” The parallels between China and Nazi Germany are obvious.
However, it does not appear to be so obvious to some people, as woke professors from Columbia University and Middlesex University in London co-authored an op-ed in Project Syndicate arguing that what’s happening in China’s concentration camps against the Uyghurs should not be called a “genocide.”
They also argue that China is perfectly justified in taking action against Uyghurs, arguing that the CCP views them in the same manner as Americans viewed terrorists following the 9/11 attacks. "We must understand the context of the Chinese crackdown in Xinjiang, which had essentially the same motivation as America's foray into the Middle East and Central Asia after the September 2001 attacks: to stop the terrorism of militant Islamic groups." You can tell how bad these people are at pushing their side with such flimsy argumentation.
Following the 9/11 attacks, radical Islamic terrorists were targeted by the U.S. precisely because they are radical Islamic terrorists. It would be silly to argue that their religious faith had nothing to do with it, as it is such a religious faith that led such people to commit the atrocities that they did, but the United States NEVER waged war against Islam in itself. Make no mistake, the “religion of peace” is a cult of death and nothing more. However, that isn’t to say that all people belonging to that religion are going to commit terrorist acts. What the CCP is doing is outright persecution and execution of Uyghurs because they have been wanting a separate state, or at least independence, from China.
The CCP views Uyghurs as a threat to their country, or at least, that’s the excuse they give, much like how the Nazis would blame the Jews for all things bad, including losing the First World War. The Nazis hated the Jews because, in large part, Jews tended to be capitalists and the Nazis were socialists. Similar to how the KKK hated Republicans and targeted black people because they were Republicans at the time, the Nazis hated capitalists and targeted the Jews as a result. What the CCP is doing is taking a page out of their book, just painting it with a “nicer” brush and claiming it’s for “national security.”
At any rate, getting back to Dumb and Dumber, they recognize that there are “credible charges of human rights abuses” against the Uyghurs, but they don’t believe the U.S. has proven that what’s going on in that country constitutes as genocide.
Ironically, however, the duo does recognize the following, which is a point I was about to make and which utterly decimates their flimsy arguments: “Imposing measures intended to prevent births within a group” is considered an act of genocide under the Geneva Convention.
But it’s not just the Geneva Convention where genocide is defined in this way. A more immediate convention, the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide (December 9th, 1948) defines genocide in the following manner: “Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: (a) killing members of the group; (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
Given the nature of the communists, and given the excuse of “national security”, it is easy to imagine that the CCP has killed members of the Uyghurs whom have resisted their “re-education” propaganda attempts. Naturally, since this is ongoing and highly secretive, I can’t say for certain that this has been happening, but it’s not a massive leap in logic to assume that the CCP is killing Uyghurs. But even if the first definition is not applicable, just about all the others are.
There have been numerous reports of escapees where they give accounts as to what happens in those camps, which cause serious bodily and/or mental harm, such as torture, rape, forced labor, etc.
The third definition is less clear-cut, but one can interpret it as forcing upon Uyghurs conditions which would bring about their destruction at least in part, which is achieved through the concentration camps.
The fourth definition is definitely the easiest to prove, as forced sterilization has been shown to occur.
The final definition could well also be applicable, in one way or another. According to The Guardian, in 2018, there were nearly 10,000 mostly Uyghur children who were classified as experiencing either “single hardship” or “double hardship”, meaning that one or both parents are held in concentration camps.
Researcher on this atrocity, Adrian Zenz, who was the first to indicate that roughly a million Uyghurs were held in concentration camps, said that “Beijing’s strategy to subdue its restive minorities in Xinjiang is shifting away from internment and towards mechanisms of long-term social control.” In other words, the CCP is looking to control the hearts and minds of the young Uyghurs and have them grow up to be loyal to the Party.
Whether one would wish to classify that as the final definition of genocide is arguable, but also irrelevant at this point. The CCP, according to the Geneva Convention, the UN’s Convention of 1948, the French criminal code, and any human rights convention that followed the discovery and condemnation of the Holocaust, is committing nothing short of genocide against whole groups of people.
For anyone to assert otherwise, they would have to be one of three things: a member of the CCP, a paid associate of the CCP, or a complete and utter moron. Given how many college professors have been found in recent years to have been taking money from China, it wouldn’t be surprising if the professors of that op-ed were taking money from China as well.
Of course, that last option is a possibility, as college professors tend to be morons, too stupid and arrogant to recognize their idiocy. This is particularly possible given that they themselves pointed out that forced sterilization, something which China has been proven to be doing, constitutes genocide under the Geneva Convention. Nothing like undermining your own argument, huh?
“If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them.”
Years from now, I would hope, people will be able to take a look back at how numerous countries handled the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and come to the understanding that we allowed fear and panic to set in and drive our decisions in the best case, and allowed closeted tyrants to be free to rein in as much power as they could at worst. Hopefully, understanding this, they will come to know that they should not repeat the mistakes of the past and erode their own rights and liberties in exchange for a little bit of false safety.
Likewise, I would hope that they would allow for actual science to be the main driver of their decisions, not bad-faith “experts” who have plenty to gain from the stripping of people’s freedoms.
Because the people of today have largely been led to be as fearful of the Chinese coronavirus as they are about things like cancer, AIDS, etc., and treat it as though it were in any way similar to those diseases.
A recent Gallup survey showcased just how misinformed Americans are about the dangers of the Chinese coronavirus, and how many people who have the virus require hospitalization.
“Less than one in five U.S. adults (18%) give a correct answer of between 1 and 5%,” the authors of the study said. “Many adults (35%) say that at least half of infected people need hospitalization. If that were true, the millions of resulting patients would have overwhelmed hospitals throughout the pandemic.”
By political demographics, we see completely unsurprising results.
10% of Democrats, 26% of Republicans and 20% of Independents were correct when they said between 1 and 5% of COVID patients needed to be hospitalized. But the majority of all, including even Republicans, vastly overestimated the number. 41% of Democrats, 28% of Republicans and 35% of Independents all answered that 50% or more of Chinese coronavirus patients must be hospitalized.
Like the authors of the study said, were that to be the case, the hospitals would have long been overwhelmed with Chinese coronavirus patients. However, we never even came close to that in any state, even the ones that were worst off.
If you remember, President Trump sent a Navy hospital ship to New York back when that was the epicenter of the pandemic, and it was hardly even used. Cuomo whined and moaned about the “lack” of support Trump gave them, but he never even used the hospital ship to treat people in it. That wouldn’t have been the case if hospitals had been overwhelmed.
The reason for this overestimation of how bad the Chinese coronavirus is is quite easy to pinpoint: the fake news media created an environment of fear and panic.
According to an Ivy League-led study (so not exactly a right-leaning one), 91% of U.S. stories in 2020 were negative, compared to just 54% in non-U.S. media, even when there were positive developments surrounding the virus, such as fewer positive cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.
“The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials,” said the study. “Stories of increasing COVID-19 cases outnumber stories of decreasing cases by a factor of 5.5 even during periods when new cases are declining.”
And while one can’t exactly expect the fake news media to be cheerful during a pandemic, there is a clear disconnect between the percentage of negative stories shared by the American media (91% negative) and the media outside the U.S. (54%). It’s not like things were just that much worse in America than in other places. Italy was very rattled early on, and many European countries “had” to go through multiple lockdowns (I put quotations around “had” because they absolutely did not need to do that. If one lockdown didn’t work, multiple ones logically wouldn’t either).
Even though the U.S. has the most reported cases of the Chinese coronavirus (remember, China stopped counting back in March of last year), the virus was never bad enough that it would warrant constantly negative news stories, even while there were positive developments.
The reason as to why the news were so consistently negative is clear: the fake news media had an agenda to get rid of President Trump. They took the opportunity a pandemic gave them and ran with it, claiming negative thing after negative thing and how Trump was just handling it so, so poorly, blah, blah, blah.
The reality is that he was ahead of everyone in handling the virus. Even while he was in the midst of the illegitimate and unconstitutional impeachment trial (the first one, that is), he was looking to get ahead in handling the virus by taking early action. Action, by the way, which was even praised by one of the Left’s emperor gods, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as having saved countless lives.
But none of that would matter to a fake news media which abhorred President Trump and had no qualms about showing their feelings. Constantly delivering negative news during the pandemic, particularly as it pertained to Trump’s handling of the virus, during a time when people were afraid and easily abused to the point where they would abandon their freedoms in exchange for a little temporary (and as it would turn out, fake) safety and would trust the word of even the most notorious of liars, would be a big help to the Left in defeating President Trump.
Of course, as we know, it wasn’t the negative news stories that allowed for the Left to get rid of Trump. It was the mail-in ballots and general election rigging that allowed them to do it, but such an opportunity was at least helped by the fear and panic the fake news media was setting with their negative coverage. It got a lot of people who would otherwise have voted in person to vote by mail, and if you remember, Trump was far ahead of Biden until they started counting the easily falsifiable mail-in ballots.
But regardless of what actually got the Left to get rid of Trump, there is no denying the reason the news was so constantly negative was to make Trump as unpopular as they possibly could make him. It didn’t work, of course, but the attempt was still made.
And so, they did their best to instill within the American people a great fear and panic which would, among other things like hopefully having gotten rid of Trump, also allow for the communist tyrants to play Stalin for as long as they could, imprisoning anyone who would dare to stand against them and their blatant unconstitutional power-grab.
It is entirely unsurprising that 41% of Democrats, who are most easily fooled by the fake news media, believe that 50% of those with the Chinese coronavirus require hospitalization. Republicans and Independents were, also unsurprisingly, a bit more educated on the facts, though still a surprisingly decent number of them still believed that 50% required hospitalization.
In any case, let future generations judge the actions of those who went along with the fear and panic harshly, learning from the mistakes of their ancestors to never, EVER, allow for tyrants and liars-for-profit to deceive us into giving up our rights and freedoms in exchange for the promise of safety that never even comes.
I’ve shared this quote before in the past, but I believe it is adequate to repeat it here: Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Allow for me to add on to that quote with the reality of what happens to those who do:
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety and will be deprived of both.
2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
It is unfortunate, but many times, it is necessary to learn the hard way what works and what does not. Vladimir Lenin, who initially sought and succeeded to implement communist Marxism into Russian government and way of life, rather quickly saw what happens when you go full-communist: starvation, suffering, torment, and miserable death, not just for citizens but for the country that implements it as well.
March of 1921 was a rather important time in the history of the Soviet Union. Following an unsuccessful invasion of Poland in 1920, the Soviet Union was teetering on the precipice of total economic collapse. The farmers were unproductive and starving, as was the general population. To make matters worse, hungry Soviet sailors were getting irritated with the Bolsheviks and their authoritarian ways, mounting the Kronstadt Rebellion and demanding, among other things, freedom of speech and assembly (ironically, considering these guys were self-admittedly faithful to Marxist communism).
That rebellion was quickly put down, but Lenin wasn’t unaware of what was happening. The Soviet Union, which was only a few years old by that point, was dying under its putrid system of government which killed all economic incentive. Without economic incentive, a nation cannot survive.
So, Lenin, on March 21st, 1921, began to implement the “New Economic Policy” (NEP), which began to undo the effects and causes of the misery of the previous four years, at least to an extent. The New Economic Policy, simply, is the very system which Lenin was previously staunchly against and launched a revolution to defeat: capitalism. Even Lenin was aware of what this was, proclaiming a partial restoration of “a free market and capitalism”, in his own words.
Of course, he wasn’t completely reversing course on the communist and Marxist ideology. Lenin was still a communist at heart and wanted as much communism as he could realistically implement in the Soviet Union. It’s just that he at least had enough rationality to recognize that the amount of communism he was implementing was literally killing his very country.
It’s possible that he learned, rather quickly, that it was impossible to implement communism in full without seeing extremely negative side-effects such as your country going broke. That may just be because communism only leads to such negative side-effects and it is an absolute pipe dream for it to even remotely work.
The idea that everyone is equal and gets equal results might be appealing to some, but that is simply not how the world works. We might try and treat each other equally as much as we can, but there will always be some amount of hierarchy which is impossible to overcome, no matter the economic system in place.
In a (usually) capitalist America, you have hierarchies in government, at work, on the streets, etc. There is the President of the United States (a position currently vacant, both legitimately and intellectually), with the VP underneath, and the executive branch which serves under the POTUS. There is Congress which has Senate Majority and Minority Leaders, as well as a Speaker of the House and a Minority Speaker. In companies, there is the CEO/president (not always the same person or position, though), other executives, middle-managers, etc. On the streets, there are the police, who have the authority to arrest people, etc.
What I just described as a usual occurrence in a capitalist country also happens in a completely communist country. There is the head of state and whoever is underneath him, there is the police on the streets, and there are bosses in companies (government-owned, but still) who have higher rank than those below.
It is quite literally impossible for there to be complete equality in terms of how one treats another, because some will have higher positions than others. It is even more impossible to attain equal results. Not all farmers will produce the exact same amount of produce to (be forced to) share with “the people” (i.e., the government).
Ultimately, what communism results in is authoritarianism from those who are in charge and misery for those living under it.
Ludwig von Mises put the distinction between capitalism and socialism most eloquently:
“A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system which men can live as human beings.”
Those who claim “real communism/socialism has never been tried” fail to understand that, yes, it has been tried multiple times by multiple people in multiple countries, and the results are always similar: misery, to different extents. The only difference between a communist country like the Soviet Union and a communist country like China is the amount of capitalism they chose/choose to implement. China is a bit more capitalistic than the Soviet Union ever was, but even China tried full-on Communism decades ago and it failed too.
They are still communists, don’t misunderstand, as they are ruled by authoritarians in the CCP and there is very little social freedom to speak of. But economic freedom is at least a bit more prevalent than what it was in the Soviet Union, and it has allowed China to be at least somewhat economically decent. They still artificially inflate their GDP by constructing ghost cities no one will ever live in (something which will eventually come to bite them in the rear), but they have more relative economic freedom that the USSR did.
And those who claim “real communism/socialism has never been tried” also fail to understand that what they desire is nothing but a pipe dream that, when tried, leads to the destruction of a nation in a fairly quick manner. In about a decade, Venezuela went from being highly prosperous to destitute, where their currency is literally more valuable if used to create fashion accessories than for their intended use.
All countries which turn towards socialistic policies inevitably see the results of such socialism, and can only stay afloat due to the capitalism that still remains untouched by them.
The Foundation for Economic Education gives us just a few examples of societies which turned towards communism (or something akin to it), to one extent or another, and which failed as a result:
“Ancient Rome’s Republic began its deadly experiment in democratic socialism in the 2nd Century B.C. It began as a welfare state, degenerated into a regulatory nightmare and finally collapsed into an imperial autocracy. Legislative assemblies voted into office by the Roman electorate constructed the socialist edifice brick by brick. Rome was not built in a day, but concentrated state power had no trouble tearing it down completely.”
“The Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts famously tried another version of democratic socialism seventeen centuries later. It was the communal variety, in which they placed the fruits of their labors into a common storehouse and then distributed it to each other equally… Starvation forced them to scrap it rather quickly in favor of private property.”
That story in particular we have shared with you time and time again, particularly around Thanksgiving.
The FEE also notes how the Germans elected Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists, Great Britain and Scandinavia adopted welfare state socialist policies following World War II and all had suffered as a result, and New Zealand was bogged in socialistic regulatory madness but largely got rid of such policies which have since freed its economy.
To different extents, socialism and communism have been tried, and even the ones that got just a taste of it ended up suffering as a result. Even then, they were still far better off than those which dove headfirst into communism like the Soviets and Chinese, who quickly saw how dangerous it was and needed to reign it in at least a bit.
“Real” communism has been tried by many, and they have seen their newly formed nations dying just as quickly as they were created. All forms of socialism stifle the economy and bring about suffering.
The antidote, as Lenin seemingly came to learn 100 years ago, is capitalism. Ironically, had he not died just a few years later and Stalin not taken power and gotten rid of NEP by re-socializing the economy, it’s possible that the Soviet Union might have been better off throughout its entirety. It wouldn’t have been great by any means, of course, as they still would have had some amount of communism, but they likely would have been more akin to modern-day Russia and China – still communist (not that Russia calls itself that, and are more oligarchical, but they pretty much are still that with the little capitalism they implement), but not so much that they are on the brink of death.
Surely, if even one of history’s most notorious communists learned that full communism brings economic death, then so can others in a far easier manner. I would hope that Americans who are misinformed about what socialism is and does don’t have to drag us through the lethal dangers of full communism before they learn that it doesn’t work.
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Despite the Left’s best efforts to blame Trump for even the very existence of this virus (and don’t tell me they never did this after Pelosi tried and failed to call this the “Trump virus”), many people across the world view China extremely unfavorably and in many cases, such views are at historic highs.
A new Pew Research Survey interviewed over 14,000 people from 14 different countries to ask them a series of questions, among which was their current views and attitude towards the communist country. The results were not at all surprising if one were looking at it rationally, as China has been demonstrably awful despite the Left’s best efforts to absolve them of any blame.
All of the countries surveyed currently have an unfavorable opinion of China and nine out of those 14 countries have historically high negative views on China, unsurprisingly, largely as a result of this past year.
The countries that have the lowest unfavorable view of China are Italy and Spain, where 62% and 63% view China unfavorably respectively. Which is a tad strange, considering just how badly the virus affected Italy. You would think many of them would express utter outrage towards China, but I suppose the survey found enough people with ties to China (as in people working for a Chinese company) for the survey to not show massive unfavourability towards China. I don’t know, that’s just my guess.
But like I said, those are the lowest unfavorable numbers for China, both of which were on the rise as of late anyway.
More than 70% of people in France, the U.S., South Korea, Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. view China unfavorably, and in Japan, Sweden and Australia, unfavourability is north of 80%.
According to the graphs given by Pew, many countries’ views on China worsened at some point after 2011, which makes sense, considering Xi Jinping has been the ruler of China since 2013. In Australia, for example, more than 50% viewed China favorably around the time that Xi took office and it went plummeting after that, with only 15% currently holding a favorable view. This is not really surprising, considering both the virus and the fact that there have been trade frictions between the two nations, particularly as Australia is practically trying to save Hong Kongers from China’s authoritarian rule.
When it comes to Japan, it’s not a particular mystery, considering that China and Japan are right next to each other and China has been zealous about expanding China’s territory and area of authority around the South China Sea (and yes, I know that Japan is closer to the East China Sea, but do you think China wouldn’t want to go elsewhere once Taiwan is also under their control?). Japan and China have been rivals for a very long time, so it’s no wonder whatsoever why 86% view China unfavorably and only 9% view it favorably.
Finally, in the 80-percent-and-over club of people who hate China’s guts there is Sweden which is a bit strange to me as well. Sweden has done the best out of any country in dealing with the virus, making sure there are precautions in place without stripping people of their basic civil and economic liberties, so to see them be just one point below Japan in terms of hating China is fairly surprising.
Looking at the graph provided by Pew, unfavourability began to skyrocket at some point between 2011 and 2020, most likely once Xi took office. I have no idea exactly why that is, as I don’t know what kind of relationship these two countries have with one another, but it’s safe to say that it’s not exactly an amicable one.
At any rate, moving on, the survey also asked people how they think various entities, including their own countries, did in handling the virus.
73% of people said they believe their own country handled the virus well, which is not particularly surprising. 63% say that the WHO handled the virus well, and THAT is fairly surprising, considering that they were covering for China and lying on their behalf for a while, refusing to recognize the virus as a pandemic for months and refusing to acknowledge that there was human-to-human transmission of the virus under orders of Xi.
But I guess such news didn’t reach that many people’s ears.
At any rate, 60% say the EU did a good job in handling the virus, which is a bit of a mixed bag. I’d say Sweden, which is in the EU, did a good job, but Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. have done awful jobs in handling the virus. So saying that the EU in general did well here is fairly misleading, in my opinion, since different countries in the globalist group employed different policies and did better than others.
When it comes to China, that is the first entity in the list which receives negative marks, with 61% saying that they did a bad job in handling the virus, which should really be considerably higher, but I’ll take it.
China is the sole reason for this virus having affected the world as it did. Had they been honest and transparent from the beginning, it would’ve given other countries more time to prepare. China refused to tell the truth about anything and refused to let in CDC officials from the U.S. to check things out. They used their ties to the WHO to lie to the world and still continue to lie to this day, having largely stopped counting COVID cases since March because they stopped testing people.
And unsurprisingly, even Pew is going along with the lie that all was fine and dandy in the epicenter of the disease: Wuhan.
“After initial cases of the coronavirus started appearing in China’s Hubei Province in late 2019, many around the world questioned the expediency of China’s response to the outbreak, and others critiqued some of the measures Beijing used to contain the virus within its borders. But in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the outbreak, the strict lockdown has ended and the new case count plummeted to at or near zero by May,” reported Pew.
Don’t act as though this is some great success story for China, Pew. Of course their case count is going to “plummet” when THEY LARGELY STOP TESTING PEOPLE IN AN ATTEMPT TO SEEM COMPETENT AND IN CONTROL! It was an act of deceit and many in the media have willingly gone along with it in order to weaponize the virus against their political opponents and painting China’s strict lockdowns as “the way” to beat the virus.
Truth is that no one outside of Wuhan knows the current situation in that place. Well, no one who isn’t a high-ranking member of the Chinese Communist Party, at least. Things might be better there than they were before, but the real death count is unknown and will likely never be known because of the CCP’s insistence on hiding the truth.
China set the world on fire and the world doesn’t like it as a result. Those unfavorable ratings are perfectly justified and, in my opinion, don’t even go far enough.
Now, I will briefly mention that Pew also showed that 84% of surveyors also said that the U.S. did a bad job in handling the virus, which is definitely much higher than China’s number, but there are some factors that need to be considered.
First, the fake news media was basically acting as though this was the end of the world. Even Chris Hayes recently tweeted something along the lines of “if we survive this” as though this wasn’t a virus with a 99.7% survival rate. They are acting in bad faith to hurt Trump and blame him for this, pretending like if you get the virus you are almost certainly going to die unless you vote for Biden. It’s b.s. and we all know it.
Second, SOME places in the U.S. handled it badly while some not as much. New York, California and Michigan have, I think, done the worst job in handling this virus, with Texas and Ohio somewhat being up there because of the idiotic governors buying everything the media was selling. Other states like Florida and those which have eased up on the lockdowns have, in my opinion, done a bit better (locking things down in the first place was idiotic, so they get bad marks for that, including my own state of Alabama where we STILL have unconstitutional “safer-at-home” orders).
While the Left tries to blame Trump for the handling of the virus, the truth is that Trump did his best with what he had (considering the Obama administration depleted the federal supply of N95 masks and did other things to screw us during a pandemic). He sent plenty of help to New York, for which Cuomo was thankful at the time. He gave them the ventilators they needed and sent them a medical ship which Cuomo didn’t even end up using, opting to send sick people to nursing and retirement homes in all his infinite idiocy.
But when it comes to policy in each state, the governors are at the helm and the ones who did the worst job are the Democrat ones.
This is something many will forget going into the election, particularly as the fake news media keeps trying to pin 200,000+ deaths on Trump alone instead of the incompetence (at best) of various governors and the deceit of the Chinese.
Aside from that, however, this is a good survey to see, in my opinion. A LOT of people have increasingly negative views of China, which is exactly what I want to see following the amount of bullcrap the CCP has been trying to pull as of late. They deserve all the scorn in the world, even beyond just the virus. They are attempting to destroy freedom everywhere they can, having taken over Hong Kong and setting their sights on Taiwan next. They are attempting to commit ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims and silencing Christians by sending them to what can only be described as concentration camps, making China a 21st century Nazi Germany.
China should be viewed as the enemy of the world and many countries, slow as it may be, are beginning to do this. I hope and pray that this will lead to as many nations as possible to cut financial ties with China and seek to either work with one another, work with the U.S. or at the very least, if they still need to find some inhumanely cheap labor, work with India and some Latin American countries.
China must be financially suffocated like the Soviet Union if there is any hope of beating them.
“He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”
Around three months ago, I wrote an article about how the State of Washington was knowingly counting gun shot wounds as Chinese coronavirus deaths, as well as many other things that should not be counted as COVID deaths being counted as COVID deaths.
In that article, I expressed how utterly angered I was at Dr. Birx saying in one of the press briefings that the CDC was counting deaths “with” the virus the same as deaths “from” the virus, even though there is a very clear difference and doing this makes little to no sense whatsoever.
Lo and behold, I was right in my assessment, because the CDC has recently announced that only 6% of the deaths associated to the COVID-19 death toll were strictly from the virus. That is to say, for only 6% of the deaths in the total, the virus was the only cause mentioned.
“For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.”
This means that, according to the CDC, less than TEN THOUSAND people in the U.S. have died directly to the virus. 94% of the deaths came from people who had the virus but had other pre-existing conditions or co-morbidities that the virus likely just contributed to making matters worse.
This, for all intents and purposes, would be like having a group of students doing a project, but the popular kid in the group, even if he does the least amount of work, gets ALL the credit for the project. The Chinese coronavirus is the “popular” disease out there right now (in as far as it is well-known and there are some people who stand to gain from hearing worse and worse news relating to it) and even if it is a minimally-contributing factor to the death of someone who had respiratory or immune-system problems, it gets all the blame for the death of a person.
Now, like I pointed out in the aforementioned previous article, one can argue that we count AIDS deaths by people who died with it but, say, got sick with something else and died. And like I also pointed out in that article, this is fine when people are truthful.
The big problem is that doctors are not being truthful about the virus. People are attributing COVID deaths to things that should not be COVID, like gun shot wounds. And even when it comes to general other diseases, there is enough of a difference between the Chinese coronavirus and AIDS for the two to not be counted similarly. AIDS specifically targets the immune system and causes a deficiency in its ability to fight off infections (also, it’s an STD, not an airborne disease). It’s essentially the battering ram of diseases, which breaks down one’s defenses and allows for other things to get in with impunity.
The Chinese coronavirus is a respiratory disease much like the flu. So it would make far more sense to count COVID deaths more similarly to flu deaths as opposed to AIDS deaths. People die with AIDS; people die TO the flu. Similarly, people have died TO the Chinese coronavirus directly.
And the number of people who have died TO the Chinese virus are roughly 10,000. Still bad, but nowhere close to the 180,000 that we often hear from the fake news media in trying to blame it all on Trump. Now, those people are still dead, of course, but 94% of them had co-morbidities and in general other issues that COVID might have exacerbated (or maybe not, considering we have seen gunshot wounds be counted towards the death toll in a single state, so who’s to say this hasn’t happened far more often throughout the country?)
What’s more, as I shared in that quote, out of the 94% who died with COVID and another underlying issue, on average, “there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death”. So 94% of those who died with COVID but not directly from it also had at least TWO other health issues.
Here are the top underlying medical issues linked with Chinese virus deaths:
And other medical conditions as well, according to NBC News. People often had at least TWO other medical issues, any of the ones listed above or something else, as well as the Chinese virus. This goes in line with the survivability rate for the virus being around 99.9%. IT IS DIFFICULT TO DIE TO THIS VIRUS, PERHAPS EVEN MORE-SO THAN THE SEASONAL FLU.
That less than 10,000 people have died from COVID-19 is particularly bad, in relation to everything we did as a result of the virus, considering that, according to Health.com, the average flu season claims tens of thousands of lives and that the CDC estimates between 29,000 and 59,000 people died from influenza illnesses THIS YEAR.
And yet, no one’s panicking about that, despite it being a considerably bigger number, even on the low-end, to the total COVID-19 deaths from those who died to the virus. We upended our entire society for a virus that is less deadly than the flu.
At the time, this wasn’t known, of course. Hindsight is 20/20, for certain. However, at no point did the lockdown measures actually make sense, particularly to the extent that they were applied, and we saw the results of that insanity, both economically and in terms of physical well-being.
So, then, how can anyone argue in favor of not fully, or at least almost fully (because this virus is still clearly deadly for those who have medical issues and those who are of a more mature age), or even in favor of locking things down again?
A rhetorical question, of course, considering health facts are not what is driving people’s and politicians’ actions. Many Americans are gripped with fear to the point where a majority believe a MASK MANDATE would be perfectly acceptable. Many politicians also have to do certain things, not because they are good for the health and safety of their citizens and residents (and often times, they are not good for that) but because there is a certain narrative surrounding the virus and deviation from that narrative, driven by the Left and the media, will make someone appear like they are intentionally killing people’s grandmas (even as Cuomo practically did that and yet he is hailed as a hero of the age).
At this point, it is more imperative to fight against the narrative surrounding the virus rather than the virus itself. We can see that the virus is not as deadly as we once thought it was, not even close. It still is for the elderly and for those with underlying conditions, of course, and certain measures must be taken to try and limit the damage to such people. But everyone is acting like the Chinese virus is a death sentence when there are FAR deadlier viruses out there including the common cold. Everyone is acting like someone not wearing a mask it basically committing murder in broad daylight (even as we ignore or justify actual murder by BLM and ANTIFA terrorists).
Everyone is acting like going to a bar or a restaurant or CHURCH at anywhere over 50% capacity would lead to the black death.
The narrative surrounding the virus is deadlier than the virus itself.
Here’s hoping that people regain their senses and start fighting for their freedoms once again, wherever that issue applies.
“Deliver me, O Lord, from lying lips, from a deceitful tongue.”
I have previously made mention that I like basketball and there are times when that world meets the world of politics, whether it’s a stupid comment uttered by a player or the overall business dealings that the NBA at large has with the CCP (which has a little something to do with this article). But I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the two worlds of gaming and politics coming together, so this will be a fairly new experience for me.
At any rate, allow me to give you the important context of this article. According to Gaming news website Kotaku (which is Leftist, so it’s largely garbage, but useful here), the people at Activision, which is the publisher of the annual video game giant “Call of Duty”, decided to edit the trailer for their newest installment in the franchise: “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” because the trailer featured footage from the Tiananmen Square massacre.
But they didn’t just edit it for Chinese audiences. They edited the trailer for ALL audiences and only IGN and Gamespot still carry the original trailer (video below).
So not only are they censoring a massacre perpetrated by the CCP to Chinese audiences, they are also doing it for all audiences so that they might not know about it unless they specifically set out to research it. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised at this, considering that Activision is partly owned by Tencent, a Chinese gaming corporation. I suppose Tencent doesn’t want anyone to know about the massacre perpetrated by the CCP, which makes sense considering they are a Chinese company.
However, it is still extremely shameful for Activision to go down this path of Chinese appeasement, especially considering the theme of the trailer.
For a little background context, the Call of Duty series has always been about simulating war. The first few iterations of the franchise focused on World War II and numerous sequels have either gone to a more modern setting, returned to World War II, delved into the Vietnam War and some have even gone to futuristic wars like World War III and other things. The Black Ops series in particular started out with a Vietnam War setting and seemingly, the producers are returning to that setting.
One important aspect of the setting was, of course, the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union in their arms and space races, with plenty of stories of foreign interference such as Soviet spies infiltrating United States intelligentsia and other places, as well as the attempts to radicalize Americans towards accepting and embracing communism (which has been rather successful as of late).
And seemingly, the newest iteration in the franchise will explore this aspect a bit more. The trailer itself focused on an interview by a KGB defector named Yuri Bezmenov, who detailed in four stages how a free society collapses. The first stage is demoralization, specifically in indoctrinating students into believing foreign values and beliefs that stand apart from American tradition, which would be taught by radical students from the 1960s and 70s once they controlled educational institutions. This is currently happening.
The second step is destabilization of the structure of society – the economy, the military and international relations. This is currently happening as well, with the Left insistent on bringing down the American economy and destroy its superpower status so that a global government can be established and dominate completely. They are also destroying the military not simply by cutting its funding but also by having soldiers indoctrinated, forced to read pseudo-scientific garbage like “White Fragility”, and overall making it so that the U.S. military has no real desire to protect the U.S. As far as the international relations go, I chuck that up mostly to other countries which are more secular and socialistic and do not like people like Donald Trump, instead preferring people like Obama and Biden.
The third stage is crisis, an event which builds upon the first two stages to bring about a revolution. This is also happening with the Chinese coronavirus panic and the Left attempting to drive us towards a constitutional crisis following the 2020 election in their mail-in voting scheme, as well as the race riots going on bringing about a racial crisis to this country.
The fourth stage is normalization, as in establishing a “new normal”. Sound familiar?
At any rate, the actions by Activision are extremely ironic given all of this. One theme they outright display in the game’s trailer is “know your history or be doomed to repeat it.” And yet, they are destroying history by censoring the Tiananmen Square massacre in order to appease their Chinese owners.
You couldn’t write better satire than that, but unfortunately and sadly, this is reality. I don’t know how many recognize the irony in the trailer showing “know your history or be doomed to repeat it” and editing the trailer so it gets rid of an important part in world history which perfectly encapsulates the evil that is the CCP and communism as a whole in order to appease the people who perpetrated that crime against humanity.
The Chinese government killed hundreds, if not thousands of student protesters. This is a fact not known by most of the people in China, at least those not involved in the government, and at the behest of a Chinese company which partially owns them (5%), Activision is trying to ensure that this fact is also not known to other people outside of China.
Now, one might think “but it is very well known outside of China. How does one game trailer editing that part out make it so that people outside of China not know about it?” To this, I say: “wait a couple of decades.”
Communism used to be abhorred by the overwhelming majority of the country just 40 years ago. The memories of the Cold War are fading from this country and many are forgetting just what communism is and how horrible it is.
Just 30 years ago, West German band “The Scorpions” released the worldwide hit “Winds of Change” which celebrated the toppling of the Berlin Wall and freedom from communism, optimistic towards a future “where the children of tomorrow dream away in the wind of change.”
The tragedy is that the following verses say: “Distant memories are buried in the past forever.” THIS is the problem, because the children of tomorrow dream dreams of communist revolutions, and the memories are being buried too deep into the past, that they do not know how horrible communism is.
In time, the memory of the Tiananmen Square massacre will fade in the minds of the countries which know about it if not regularly taught. That Activision would edit out footage from its trailer in appeasement of the Chinese is an indication of this looming threat.
Of course, the massacre is but one aspect of communism which many will forget in the future. Matter of fact, even as many know about it today, how many even connect it with the horrors and injustices of communism? In America, we know very well about Tiananmen Square, and yet, plenty seem to want communism anyway.
That warning in the trailer that if we fail to learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it, may be cliched, but it’s definitely true. For crying out loud, New York University is now trying to implement RACIAL SEGREGATION in student dorms and this is being celebrated as an achievement by Leftists (not that that should be much of a surprise, considering they were fighting for segregation in the 60s, but still).
The memories of the Civil Rights movement, and the teachings that came about it, are being hijacked by the Left so that they might be forgotten forever, to the point where they rewrite history and say that MLK would support the anti-white, racist domestic terrorists in BLM.
Again, it’s disgustingly ironic that Activision would focus this year’s installment of Call of Duty on “remembering your history” while also attempting to rewrite it and lead people to forget it because actually remembering your history and reminding people of it would hurt their bottom line.
Shame on Activision for doing this and shame on all U.S. companies which work for or with the 21st century version of Nazi Germany.
Remember your history.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
There is a very big lesson to be learned in how almost everyone reacted to the Chinese coronavirus: do not panic and do not listen to the fake news media about the potential consequences.
Almost everyone around the world began to panic once the Chinese coronavirus numbers began to go up and up earlier in the year. The fake news media, particularly at home, wanted to ensure the best way to destroy the economy and beat Trump in the election, and as such, they began reporting about how bad things were, how we were woefully unprepared, how a couple of million people might die in the States, how we need measures to avoid that and to stop the spread of the virus (which originally was “slowing” the spread, but it turned into stopping it altogether, which was always an impossibility).
The fake news media and the Left insisted that in order to beat the virus, we all needed to stay inside our homes as much as possible and that businesses needed to be shut down, particularly small mom-and-pop shops which were arbitrarily considered “non-essential”. Everyone needed to listen to the “experts” and the fake news reporters, otherwise, you are a grandma killer (meanwhile, they ignore the actual grandma-killing that the governor of New York perpetrated).
Everyone began to panic and just listen to what they were hearing on their tv or reading on their computers and began to quarantine everyone, not just the people with the virus. The idea to flatten the curve was originally supposed to be about avoiding a healthcare system collapse. We flattened the curve and avoided that, but we still have to be subjected to the same draconian regulations as if we hadn’t. The health system never collapsed and is, at this point, running well below capacity because no one else apart from those with the Chinese virus are going to hospitals (and this, of course, is leading to other deaths due to other causes).
Some on the Left are even insisting on locking things down again for no other reason apart from Trump is gaining ground on Biden and the initial lockdowns haven’t completely led to the total economic collapse of this country. And make no mistake, that is the ONLY reason the Left has for locking things down again.
However, amidst a sea of panicking morons who foolishly believed the fake news media had their best interests at heart comes one country who figured locking down an entire civilization would do far more harm than good in a number of ways.
According to a new study, Sweden’s refusal to follow the herd of blind sheep and lock their country down allowed it to stave off the worst of the pandemic, both in terms of deaths and in terms of economic shrinkage.
The Swedes figured that it would be best to keep shops, businesses, restaurants and schools open, while also adhering to some basic measures such as social distancing and wearing masks, as well as, at most, banning public gatherings of more than 50 people, so that those who wanted to go to work could go to work; those who wanted to go to school could go to school; and those who wanted to visit family could visit family.
Sweden largely kept things normal, with some obvious exceptions, and it has helped them greatly.
“From the start, the Swedish government repeatedly made it crystal clear to the public that the battle against [the Chinese coronavirus] would be a marathon, not a sprint, and that many people would die. With all that starkly presented, the decision was made that (mostly) normal life was favorable to the alternatives, and herd immunity and economic stability would be the result,” reported The Federalist.
I don’t know if you remember, but back before this all started, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was initially in favor of not locking things down and wanted to beat the virus through herd immunity. However, he eventually caved because of the amount of pressure to lock things down, and the UK has paid the price for it.
Sweden, on the other hand, even as others in the Western world lambasted them for this, did not cave and decided to remain open with few restrictions.
As a result, the Swedish economy contracted by 8.6%. While that may not sound like good news at all, it’s considerably less than what other countries in the EU who did lock down managed to accomplish.
The European Union’s average contraction in this period was 11.9% and the countries with the most severe lockdowns such as Spain, France and Italy saw even worse economic contractions of 18.5%, 13.8% and 12.4% respectively.
By not caving to a raging mob of imbeciles, Sweden managed to avoid some of the worst economic contractions in the West, largely saving its economy amidst a seeming global recession.
But not only did Sweden save itself in terms of the economy, it also proved that lockdowns are unnecessary and ineffective in their objective. Here’s what I mean:
According to The Federalist, “In number of deaths, Sweden and Italy provide two completely different case studies. Italy chose some of the most severe lockdowns outside China. But, as Bloomberg reported, ‘on a per-capita basis, Italy’s death toll of more than 35,154 comes to about 600 per 1 million people, as does Sweden’s 5,743.’”
In other words, despite the starkly different approaches to the virus, both Italy and Sweden saw the same amount of per capita deaths per 1 million people. So Italy’s lockdown did nothing to save people.
The lockdown didn’t affect the death toll even a little.
And now, every country is hoping for herd immunity, which Sweden began to work on at the very beginning. The strategy that Boris Johnson initially wanted to apply but got yelled at for wanting to try is the one that everyone now HAS to try, as a vaccine is not likely to come for a long while and many countries have almost completely ruined their economies and cannot really continue like this without inflicting unnecessary long-lasting damage.
The panicking of pretending like the virus was comparable to the black death or that millions upon millions of Americans and people in general were likely going to die (if absolutely nothing was different, which was never a realistic scenario) and that the virus itself was death (as Andrew Cuomo has said it was, though given his actions as governor in recent months, I would take his word for it, with him essentially working for the Grim Reaper) has only led to some of the worst case scenarios for many nations, as tons of people died and the measures taken to avoid that not only did not work, but also crushed their economies.
Almost everyone panicked, believed everything the media was telling them about the virus, believed everything the “experts” were telling them about the virus, and almost everyone acted irrationally with unnecessary and fascistic lockdowns that did nothing but hurt people both financially and health-wise, as suicides went up in this time period, as well as other health problems getting worse.
Almost everyone fell victim to widespread panic, but at least Sweden kept a level head in all this and now, they are ahead of everyone in the world in attaining herd immunity, which will help them return to normal life even sooner.
I would hope we learned our lesson in all this: panicking solves nothing and trusting the fake news media and the “experts” who have an agenda only leads to ruin.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.”
The NBA is back and the players are wearing idiotic social justice messages that fall on deaf ears for those who know the disgusting relationship between the league and the nation that can only be described as a modern-day Third Reich.
While NBA players kneel for the flag, the NBA makes plenty of money off of slave labor in China (making apparel such as the very jerseys the players wear) and other business dealings that ESPN (of all sources) has uncovered in an investigation.
Recently, ESPN released a long article reporting on the human rights abuses happening in NBA China “academies”, which are basketball centers meant to help Chinese youth with talent to have a good future and a potential spot on an NBA roster, while also helping said youth to obtain an education for being part of the program.
However, reality is far different from the official story the NBA wishes to tell. While the purpose of the camps has been explicitly stated to be: “Find another Yao [Ming]” (according to two former league employees who spoke with ESPN), the NBA basically had to overlook egregious human rights abuses in order to do that (and they didn’t even succeed in finding another Yao Ming).
There were three particular human rights abuse problems the NBA had to ignore entirely in order to profit off of one specific NBA “academy” located in Xinjiang:
While the NBA recently announced that the Xinjiang facility was closed (and there is reason to doubt that to be true), NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, who oversees international operations, “declined to say whether human rights were a factor” in the closing down of the facility.
Among the reasons given for closing it down were that the NBA had little oversight over what actually happened in those facilities, which would be a likely story, if the facility hadn’t been operating for four years before the league decided to shut it down. What, did their oversight diminish in those four years, or is it just that now, after people have shed some light on the NBA’s dealings with China, that the oversight was deemed insufficient? Either way, I doubt that’s the reason.
The NBA employees that were there also decided to report some of the abuses they witnessed to the local NBA offices, but Tatum says that these incidents were “not reported at the time” to the league in New York, including himself or NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
One former league coach said he witnessed some of these abuses from Chinese coaches, in one particular instance, with a Chinese coach reportedly firing a ball into a young player’s face and then “kick him in the gut.”
I’ll remind you that these kids are around 13 or 14 years of age while the coaches are around 40 – full-grown adults.
The former NBA coach is quoted as saying: “Imagine you have a kid who’s 13, 14 years old, and you’ve got a grown coach who is 40 years old hitting your kid. We’re part of that. The NBA is part of that.”
In another facility, specifically in Dongguan, Bruce Palmer, then-technical director of the academy – hired by the NBA – said that he repeatedly witnessed Chinese coaches physically abusing the children and repeatedly warned them against it. In one instance, Palmer told a coach: “You can’t do that to your kid, this is an NBA training center. If you really feel like hitting a 14-year-old boy, and you think it’s going to help him or make you feel better, take him off campus, but not here, because the NBA does not allow this.”
So, the issue is not that the physical abuse is wrong, but that the NBA “doesn’t allow it”, though they clearly and demonstrably do. THAT is the issue. Not the hitting the kid part, but the hitting the kid in an NBA facility part.
I will add another thing about this: the Chinese government workers that abuse these kids will claim that this is “corporal punishment”, but it definitely isn’t.
Jinming Zheng is an assistant professor of sports management at Northumbria University in England and he grew up in mainland China, having written plenty about the Chinese sports system. Instead of exposing the human rights abuses of the Chinese government, he opts to excuse them as just being “the old ways” of the older generations.
“For most of the older generation, even my grandparents, they take corporal punishment for granted and even see it as an expression of love and care, but I know it might be criticized by people living outside of China. The older generation still sees it as an integral part of training.”
What a load of crap. Kicking a kid in the guts is NOT corporal punishment – it’s abuse. Corporal punishment is limited to spankings. Throughout America, specifically where there are riots, I see plenty of people who could have benefited from at least some level of corporal punishment.
Throwing the ball at a kid’s face (and the balls are quite heavy and can cause some damage), kicking them in the guts and hitting them in other matters not described in the ESPN report is NOT corporal punishment, so don’t give me that crap.
At any rate, moving on, there is the whole issue of the “academies” not being academies at all. Allow me to explain:
You see, earlier, I mentioned how the supposed purpose of the academies were to train young Chinese kids to see if they could one day become NBA players while also giving them an education so as to give them a chance at life in China (or elsewhere) if they are not good enough to make it to the NBA. While that is the official story, and might even have been the intention from the NBA, the kids were not actually given any education at all.
According to ESPN, the kids would train “two or three times a day and had few extracurricular activities… When the players – some as young as 13 – weren’t training, eating or sleeping, they were often left unsupervised.”
“One coach said league officials who visited China seemed to be caught-off guard when they learned that players in the NBA academies did not attend school.”
Now, when the NBA employees asked the Chinese officials about whether the kids were attending school, the Chinese officials “reassured” them that they were, which is yet another expected lie from the Chinese – they, in fact, were not attending school, according to multiple reports from league employees.
I’ve already shared some of the comments made by NBA employees who were there, but allow me to bring up a couple more: one coach described the NBA facility in China that he worked at as “a sweat camp for athletes,” and considering the other reports about the abuse and poor living conditions, I’d say that’s not only accurate, but widespread in all NBA China facilities.
Like I said earlier, one employee compared the situation in Xinjiang to “World War II Germany”, and I’m willing to bet that is fairly accurate for a number of reasons, one of which was the Uighur camps they have in that region, and the other being the authoritarian surveillance by the Chinese government (though that really applies to all of mainland China).
Given the little oversight the NBA had over the facilities, one former coach is quoted as saying: “We were basically working for the Chinese government,” seeing as they were the ones who dictated the training regimen and selected the players.
One of the worst comments, though, had to have come from Corbin Loubert, who was a strength coach working for the NBA and who went to the Xinjiang facility. What prompted the comment I’m about to share was a story on CNN, which Loubert shared on Twitter, describing the way in which the network’s reporters faced oppressive surveillance and intimidation in the region.
Loubert said: “I spent the past year living in Xinjiang, and can confirm every word of this piece is true. One of the biggest challenges was not only the discrimination and harassment I faced, but turning a blind eye to the discrimination and harassment that the Uyghur people around me faced.”
I say this is the worst comment because it showed the egregious hypocrisy of the NBA at its worst. In order to profit off of the basketball market in China, the NBA and its employees have to turn a blind eye to blatant discrimination and human rights abuses, all-the-while they will speak about how evil the United States is and all of its past injustices (all of which were perpetrated by Leftists of their era).
They will allow players to have jerseys that say “speak up”, or “equality” or “justice” on their jerseys while having those very jerseys manufactured by slaves in China. They will kneel for the flag and anthem as it’s being played while sucking on the profitable teat of the most inhumane regime in the modern era.
They encourage people to “stand up” against systems of oppression while forcing their employees to turn a blind eye to that very oppression when in China.
Now, I’m not suggesting that the NBA coaches wage a civil war against China while they are there. But as one former employee said: “You can’t have it both ways.” You can’t claim to be a proponent of equal rights for all while sacrificing the lives and rights of a certain group of people just to make a profit. It’s the very type of soulless corporatism they claim to stand against.
The NBA cannot claim to support human rights while simultaneously sacrificing those same rights of the people who suffer under Chinese communism.
It’s why even Leftists such as AOC have stood against the NBA on this. Granted, she is every bit the hypocrite the NBA is, but that goes to show how utterly unpopular the NBA is on this issue: everyone, Left and Right, will agree, to one extent or another, that the NBA is hypocritical on this issue and is profiting off of human rights abuses in China.
Now, sure, the Left might be attacking the NBA on this simply because the NBA is a megacorporation and the Left isn’t exactly fond of corporations, but the point remains.
I love basketball, but I loathe the NBA for this. The NBA is the very soulless corporation they claim to stand against.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
“Abstain from every form of evil.”
The Chinese Communist Party is the modern-day version of Nazi Germany. Few would be willing to dispute that, apart from those who specifically profit from what the Chinese do, such as major American corporations and famous celebrities like LeBum James (not a typo).
The only difference between Communist China and Nazi Germany is that people weren’t aware of what Germany was doing until after the war. We had only really begun to learn and expose what the Nazis had been doing once the war was over and the concentration camps were made defunct.
The world didn’t know of the atrocities and crimes against humanity that the Nazis perpetrated. The world said “never again” would this be allowed to happen.
The world lied.
Nowadays, in real time, we see the atrocities that the Chinese Communist Party is inflicting not only on Uighur Muslims, but on Christians, on Jews, on black people and on its own citizens. I have said in the past how communism makes people slaves to the State. China is one of the examples of this being entirely and absolutely true.
And yet, because the CCP is in many corporations’ and politicians’ pockets, the atrocities that they do, which we are WITNESSING as they are happening, get either forgiven or totally ignored (usually the latter) because saying or doing anything that would risk companies’ or politicians’ ability to make money off of China is not something they’d be willing to do.
Instead, despite the fact that they make far more money in the States, many choose to openly display hatred towards America.
It’s absolutely appalling, but not exactly surprising, to see corporations and politicians like Joe Biden getting bought out by the CCP, even as the commies are committing heinous crimes against humanity and we are witnessing them doing exactly that.
For you see, this isn’t the first time that American corporations (or politicians) have chosen to do business with an international threat to individual lives and freedom. This isn’t the first time American corporations have profited from the crimes against humanity perpetrated by a foreign nation.
The Daily Caller has a fantastic piece on this very topic, and they share a wealth of information about the sorts of business deals and practices American corporations made with the Nazis.
IBM, for example, reportedly “established its Dehomag subsidiary in Germany after Adolf Hitler become [sic] Chancellor in 1933 and used its new factory and American capital to aid in the Holocaust.”
“Investigative journalist Edwin Black wrote in his book IBM and the Holocaust that the company’s technology was used to manage the ‘logistics of genocide’ by creating punch card machines that tracked Jews and other populations across Europe and in the concentration camps.”
American photography company Eastman Kodak established financial ties to Nazi Germany through subsidiaries, according to the National Archives. According to The Nation, the subsidiaries used slave labor in two factories, with 80 slave laborers being used in the Berlin-Kopenick factory and roughly 250 in the plant in Stuttgart.
Ford and GM also collaborated with Nazi Germany, according to a civil case in 1998. Attorney Bradford Snell said: “GM was an integral part of the German war effort,” and he alleged that the Nazis “could not have [invaded European nations] without GM.”
According to The Daily Caller, “Nazi Germany operated nearly 44,000 concentration camps during its existence and used them for purposes ranging from forced labor to mass sterilization to genocide.”
The CCP is doing much of the same exact thing, only largely to Uighur Muslims and Christians. For example, “re-education camps”, which is nothing short of concentration camps, in the Xinjiang region are set up with the objective of curbing Islamic extremism and ethnic separatism among the Uighur Muslims. While curbing Islamic extremism isn’t a bad thing at all, the way in which the Chinese do it is itself very extreme. Reportedly, the program involves very strict digital surveillance, bans Muslim public prayer, forces Muslim men to shave their beards and forces the Muslims to eat during Ramadan.
While I am not exactly a fan of Muslims or Islam, especially as they have historically and presently been responsible for mass murders of many people, particularly Christians and Jews, at the very least, I cannot approve of what the CCP is doing to Uighur Muslims.
The way in which they “curb” Muslim extremism is very reminiscent of how the French Jacobins or Argentinian government dealt with suspected enemies of the Revolution and with suspected communists, respectively. Anyone who was suspected to be an enemy of the French Revolution or suspected to have been a communist was subjected to being arrested/disappeared and being either publicly executed (guillotines) or privately executed (there are stories of suspected communists being thrown off of planes by Argentinian officials).
My point being that the CCP just suspecting someone of being a Muslim extremist gives them the green light to take them in when the Muslims they are taking in might not be extremist at all. I have met and seen Muslims who have actively been against the extremist and violent ways of Islam, such as the Imam of Peace on Twitter (and others), and thus know that not exactly all of them agree on absolutely everything Muslims do (which is why there are even different “denominations” of Muslims like the Shiites and the Sunnis).
What the CCP is doing to the Uighur Muslims, regardless of what one thinks about Muslims or Islam in general, is nothing short of the very kind of crimes against humanity that the Nazis did on the Jews and many other types of people.
Only this is even worse because the excuse the world had for not doing anything about the Holocaust was that the world simply didn’t know it was even happening. The technology was not available at the time to do things like satellite spying or someone leaking footage of security cameras loading Jews onto trains to head to the concentration camps.
The world could legitimately claim ignorance to the Holocaust that the Nazis perpetrated. The world has no excuse at all for doing nothing about the holocaust the CCP is perpetrating as we speak. We KNOW it’s happening. We can see the footage of Uighurs being lined up and prepared to be boarded onto trains. We have found Chinese contraband of Uighur Muslim’s hair.
And yet, despite this, corporations turn a blind eye (even as China opportunistically set the world on fire with their coronavirus) and continue doing business with China, building factories there, creating programs there, etc., etc.
Even as we know of the atrocities of the Chinese communists, Nike still willingly profits from the slave labor forced to create their shoes and other products.
Even as we know what the CCP is doing to fellow human beings, Disney still chooses to do business in China with their Shanghai Disneyland park.
Even as we know what the neo-Nazi CCP is currently responsible for, numerous Hollywood studios have worked with Chinese-owned companies like Tencent, and they censor their movies for Chinese audiences, even as they claim to be “super-woke.” They will talk about how big a deal it was to have a homosexual sex scene in a movie about Elton John, talking about how progressive they are, while they remove that scene completely for the viewings in China.
Even as the Chinese communists are instigating a systematic cultural genocide (or systematic racism, if you will) of Uighur minorities, the NBA will scrutinize Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey for sharing a picture that was pro-Hong Kong (as China has now taken over Hong Kong and destroyed its autonomy), and do business with the Chinese to aid the CBA and have players participating in programs in China.
I can’t really blame Ford, GM, IBM and the companies that worked with Nazi Germany because no one knew of the atrocities that country was committing until after it was defeated and destroyed.
What excuse do the NBA, Nike, Apple, Hollywood, and reportedly, 83 well-known brands have for doing business with a China which is actively involved in a 21st century holocaust that we KNOW is happening?
No one has any excuse for supporting or collaborating with China.
Perhaps, it shouldn’t be so surprising that they would do this, given that corporations have collaborated with Nazi Germany, but again, one can’t seriously blame the corporations that collaborated with Nazi Germany (too much) because no one knew what it was doing. Of course, Nazis were still authoritarians, and there is little reason, if any, to work with such a government, but if we’re talking about human atrocities, one can forgive companies’ ignorance about the Holocaust.
The companies currently aiding and abetting China, however, cannot be forgiven for doing this, especially as we know what is happening in that God-forsaken country.
“’There is no peace,’ says the Lord, ‘for the wicked.’”
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