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Sunday Morning Book Thread - 07-09-2023 ["Perfessor" Squirrel] | Main | First-World Problems...
July 09, 2023

CCP Slogans? Or a Roadmap For A Chinese World?
"No person and no force can stop the march of the Chinese people toward better lives!"


What motivates people to violate dearly held principles of freedom and liberty and free expression of ideas?


Tesla commits to promoting 'core socialist values' in pledge with Chinese auto companies

Tesla on Thursday reportedly agreed to promote "core socialist values" with over a dozen Chinese car manufacturers.

The Texas-based electric vehicle (EV) and clean energy company run by Elon Musk did so as part of a pledge to the Chinese auto industry, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The four-point pledge reportedly involved agreeing not to engage in "abnormal" pricing, to prioritize quality and not use false publicity. The plege[sic] promises to "take on the heavy responsibility of maintaining steady growth, strengthening confidence and preventing risk," according to the outlet. Musk and his senior managers will also spend three months in a rural reeducation camp.

[I may have added that last line]

This is plain old coercion on the part of the Chinese communists. If you don't publicly commit to our principles (which violate your own) and make it obvious that you are bending the knee, then you will lose access to our markets.

And they have done it to many other corporations...Disney, the NBA, Apple, Nike, and hundreds more. Some merely supply a bowdlerized product to conform to the Chinese censors, but some actively participate in the totalitarianism inherent in China. Apple and Nike use Chinese slaves to make their products!

So as much as we would like to cheer on Elon Musk for his iconoclasm in the face of the authoritarian left being furious that he (sort of) took their biggest weapon -- Twitter -- away from them, he is at heart a businessman who is clearly comfortable with those totalitarian tendencies when it makes financial sense.

Was his purchase of Twitter a good thing? Sure! It has exposed some significant connections between the media and the government, and he certainly has tempered its worst fascistic impulses. But let us wait a few years before we anoint him as the savior of free speech.

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