Hillary Clinton infamously declaimed “half of Trump’s supporters” as “irredeemable” and a “basket of deplorables.” Barack Obama sneered at “bitter” Americans who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them…” Joe Biden condemned “10-15% of Americans” as “just not good people.” This dehumanization of the other, a propaganda tool essential for war and genocide, is a central tenet of America’s New Left—an ideological departure not only from “old-school” liberalism, but from the Constitutional foundations of the nation.
“Classical” liberalism distrusted the state which it saw as a threat to individual liberties. In the 1960’s, this way of thinking evolved into a modern liberalism, which viewed government as the vehicle by which social and economic equity could be achieved. This doctrinal evolution may have been in good faith, but has bloated into a progressive politicization that increasingly controls citizens’ lives with utopian proposals. Thus, the political theory founded on individual liberty from state interference mutated into the present determination to employ the state to enforce ever-expanding moral, economic, and cultural oversight. The reparations effort, climate change, the #metoo movement: all call for government encroachment in the name of liberty (including even the elimination of subconscious racism).
The vilification of those who do not conform to its tenets is fundamental to liberal-democratic dogma. Leftwing hatred went full-throttle following the Capitol assault. Particular care was taken to vilify all conservatives, linking them to the KKK and Nazis. One histrionic editorial published the day after declared: “The lineage between the slaveholding secessionists and the modern insurrectionists could not have been more clear: Both groups were willing to destroy the union and both used violence to deflect their own racial fantasies of power and privilege slipping away.”
This puts China’s defenders, nearly all leftists, in an increasingly untenable position.
Where’s LeBron James, whose claim to fame beyond basketball is defending China? He’s got business interests there, and he’s said nothing.
Where’s Disney, whose family fare these days is more than a little gay-friendly? They too have got business interests in China, and worse still, they made a movie on a Chinese theme complete with Xinjiang’s laogai forced labor camps accidentally appearing in the background. They may be indifferent to the laogai, but let’s hear their reaction to this news from China.
Hollywood in general is co-opted by China; China has bought up major shares in nearly every major studio. And Hollywood is also quick to jump for causes that can be called gay. Weren’t West Hollywood’s denizens responsible for blacklisting people who opposed a gay “marriage” initiative? Didn’t this bunch boycott the Beverly Wilshire over the Sultan of Brunei’s purchase of a share of it, the Sultan instituting anti-gay policies back in his satrapy? Suddenly, we don’t hear much from Hollywood about this classification of gayness as a mental illness.
There’s also the Chamber of Commerce, the charmers who engaged in the “conspiracy” to “save the 2020 election,” as Time magazine reported. They’re big China-boosters.
And where’s Michael Bloomberg? Bloomberg has famously refused to call China’s leader a “dictator,” giving a Clintonian dodge of “it’s a question of what is a dictator” to a town hall audience during his ill fated 2020 presidential run. More disgusting still, he’s tried to ruin people who’ve spoken out about the hellhole. Remember this, from The Intercept?
I AM ONE of the many women Mike Bloomberg’s company tried to silence through nondisclosure agreements. The funny thing is, I never even worked for Bloomberg.
But my story shows the lengths that the Bloomberg machine will go to in order to avoid offending Beijing. Bloomberg’s company, Bloomberg LP, is so dependent on the vast China market for its business that its lawyers threatened to devastate my family financially if I didn’t sign an NDA silencing me about how Bloomberg News killed a story critical of Chinese Communist Party leaders. It was only when I hired Edward Snowden’s lawyers in Hong Kong that Bloomberg LP eventually called off their hounds after many attempts to intimidate me.
What about Nike, which touts every disrespect-America cause under the sun, which scotched its Betsy Ross flag shoe, but which continues to stand by China, even as it finds itself in court over its alleged use of slave labor? Thus far, crickets. Don’t hear a thing.
What about Apple, whose CEO is gay, and which just donated $1 million in iPads and other products to LGBT youths? Apple just registered a blowout quarter in China, with 20% of its sales coming from the communist dictatorship. Kind of odd to be making big bucks from a regime that now declares homosexuality a mental illness. We won’t hold our breath waiting for their condemnation.
Where’s Tom Friedman? The man who wished America could be just like China? Thus far, no word.