Not the Babylon Bee: "Baltimore Mayor Begs Residents To Stop Shooting Each Other So Hospital Beds Can Be Used For Coronavirus Patients" | Main | #IllRideWithFlu
March 18, 2020

Is It Time to #CancelChina?

The American Interest:

Amidst the 24/7 breathless media coverage and calls for politicians to "do something," one fundamental question still needs to be addressed forthrightly and in the open: Who did this to us and what to do to prevent it from happening again?

The question about assigning agency and blame is pretty straightforward to answer: The communist Chinese state, which for more than three decades has been draining capital and knowledge from the West, benefiting from our greed and myopia, has just let loose a virus that in the coming months is about to effectively paralyze Europe and the United States and bring severe pain, both human and economic on the world....

As a result of all this, the West is now shutting down, at least for a while. The ultimate cost to the world, in terms of new government debt, failed businesses, and human lives and suffering, is difficult to quantify at this point. But there are indications that the fallout from the Wuhan Virus could be transformative.

We must acknowledge our own complicity in what is now unfolding. The belief that globalization, through the radical centralization of market networks, was the unavoidable path forward has been exposed as a grave, near-delusional miscalculation. The offshoring by corporations of supply chains to China has not only eviscerated communities that were previously reliant on manufacturing jobs, but has also brought with it an unprecedented level of vulnerability and fragility to our economies. The populist revolts that have wracked Western democracies for the past several years are in part rooted in the pain that these dislocations have caused. Worse yet, for the past three decades, this offshoring process has favored an adversary that is determined to replace us as the hub of global economic and military power and place itself at the new normative center of the world.

Bonchie at RedState notes that some former Free Trade Above All Else corporate pseudoconservatives are rethinking the terrible deal we made to ship most of our manufacturing base to a hostile communist power.

Which turns out to be the cradle of apocalyptic plagues, to boot.

We cannot continue to pretend that free trade with China has no consequences, as has been the typical fall back on the right. Perhaps we are reaching an inflection point, though? Im seeing more and more conservatives who originally scoffed at taking on China economically softening to the idea of getting tough with the Communists.

The truth is, claims that the trade war "only hurts the U.S." have always been completely false. Yes, trade wars have financial costs for both sides, but theres no doubt China has taken the brunt of the damage so far. The inability to admit that has been a frustrating point of contention in discussions on the matter because it supposes that we simply punt on the leverage weve gained.

Things have escalated though, with the questions of how to proceed no longer just centering around China going after the NBA last year, which is where you started to see some breaks in the conventional wisdom form. We face a world-wide pandemic of Wuhan coronavirus due to the lying and incompetence of the Chinese, a country that weve wrapped so much of our well being into with little care for the long term consequences.

China-skeptical conservatives, despite being previously berated by many on their own side, were right all along.

Buh buh buh you can get dog food fifty cents cheaper! (Even thought it might contain hazardous chemicals.)

Buh buh buh I can buy a yard umbrella at WalMart for $30 less than I used to pay! (Even though we had to wipe out our domestic furniture production for that savings.)

The people primarily enriched by the China trade turn out to be, surprisingly enough, the corporate interests paying the salaries of the China Lobby.

Time to cancel these Corporate Welfare Dependents, too.


digg this
posted by Ace at 07:44 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Ace's liver: "[i]None of that sequence makes any sense, really. ..."

Legally Sufficient: "Great ONT, WeirdDave! Thanks for the much needed ..."

moviegique: "qdpsteve -- Once I got the idea of "Raiders", I ac ..."

Cicero Kaboom! Kid.: "I took what is probably my last hot bath. For tomo ..."

jmel: "Hey everybody!! Hubby and I got back from the g ..."

naturalfake: "Ugh. I hated the Remo Williams movie. A few ..."

jhawk90: "3M shit appears to have just got real ..."

Jewells45: "{{Ladyl}}!! ..."

runner: "Tune in next time for 1980's movie trivia when we ..."

NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s]: "Hey, Big Navy, you fired a skilled Aviator, Nuclea ..."

Basement Cat: "[i]Somebody is going to have to eat all those wing ..."

Piercello: "Second the request for techie info about Zoom secu ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64