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Entrepreneurial Americans will not be sheep

Laura Hollis on

Freedom-loving Americans have good reason to treat the national press as the enemy; the press has been relentlessly peddling communist propaganda for the past 100 years and globalist propaganda for at least the past 30.

In the 1930s, The New York Times protected and defended Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, covering up for his crimes and genocide. In the 1960s, it was Fidel Castro in Cuba. In the 1990s, Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. In 2017, to commemorate 100 years since Vladimir Lenin's October Revolution in Russia, The Times published a series of glowing essays about communism called "Red Century." (Don't take my word for it. You can read them all here: https://www.nytimes.com/column/red-century)

This week, The New York Times reached a new low in its slobbering support for collectivism, publishing an essay titled "In a Topsy-Turvy Pandemic World, China Offers Its Version of Freedom." If you have any doubt about leftists' intentions to exploit the global pandemic for political ends, here are some choice quotes:

"China resembles what 'normal' was like in the pre-pandemic world. Restaurants are packed. Hotels are full. Long lines form outside luxury brands stores. Instead of Zoom calls, people are meeting face to face to talk business or celebrate the new year."

"(T)here's no denying that China's success in containing the outbreak burnished Beijing's image, especially when compared with the failures of the United States. It has given currency to the so-called China model -- the Communist Party's promise to the Chinese public that it will deliver prosperity and stability in exchange for its unrelenting grip on political power."

"'In this year of pandemic, the Communist Party has provided the public a social good: stability.'"

 

"(T)he West may find it has to work harder to sell its vision of freedom after China has made its model seem so attractive."

Although author Li Yuan acknowledges China's surveillance, censorship and ruthless oppression, she's betting on the seductiveness of the Chinese Communist Party's siren song, writing: "Citizens of China don't have freedom of speech, freedom of worship or freedom from fear ... but they have the freedom to move around and lead a normal day-to-day life. In a pandemic year, many of the world's people would envy this most basic form of freedom."

Without "freedom of speech, freedom of worship or freedom from fear," the ability to "move around" in your "day-to-day life" makes you little more than a barnyard animal. Add "luxury brands" and you're just a barnyard animal with a jeweled collar.

It is increasingly clear that that's exactly what our ruling elites want us to be -- not autonomous people, economically independent and politically powerful, with our elected officials answering to us but voiceless, groveling vassals eking out a meager existence, grateful for our universal basic income handouts and whatever else they deign to dispense, while they live like royalty and run the world.

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