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America doesn't need China's totalitarianism

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The media tell us China "beat coronavirus."

I don't believe it. The Chinese government lies. AEI's Derrek Scissors argues that they've underreported the number of COVID-19 cases by millions.

Still, it's possible that China has the virus under control.

But at what cost?

Most of us in America now practice "social distancing." I've barely left my house in a month. I do that voluntarily.

Forty-two states do have some sort of shelter-in-place orders, but most of American's social distancing is voluntary.

 

Not so in China. China's dictators are quick to take extreme measures against whatever they see as a problem. They locked down Wuhan -- closed roads to the city, stopped public transit and banned private cars. Chinese police have even welded people into their homes to keep them inside. They've tied people to posts for not wearing face masks.

China spies on every citizen, using more than 200 million cameras and social media tracking. Electronic eavesdropping lets them analyze every person's political leanings and social interactions. They use that to give everyone a trust score.

Your "trust" score drops if you criticize the government -- or the trust score system. You lose points if you do things like play "too many" video games, watch porn or have friends with low scores.

Then the government punishes you by doing things like slowing your internet speed, keeping your kids out of good schools or stopping you from getting good jobs.

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