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  • China’s Coronavirus Response Shows the Weakness of Authoritarianism

    02/18/2020 9:14:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 14, 2020 | Jarrett Stepman
    Despite China’s incredible economic success as of late, it’s important to remember that it is still fundamentally a communist country. Recent events have been a stern reminder. Freedom can be messy, but it’s nothing like the mess an authoritarian regime creates when it fears losing power. The disturbing outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and the communist government’s response to it should be a reminder of the consequence of a system based on state control, without rule by the people and a vibrant civil society. Many are impressed by the fact that China built a 1,000-bed hospital in 10...
  • ‘The Vatican Lost Everything, Got Nothing’: An Interview with Cardinal Zen

    02/16/2020 5:53:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/15/20 | Matt Hadro
    Cardinal Joseph Zen discusses the Church in China and his relationship with Pope Francis and Cardinal Pietro Parolin On February 11, Cardinal Joseph Zen, emeritus bishop of Hong Kong met with Congressional leaders on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. After that meeting, the cardinal gave an exclusive interview to CNA in which he discussed the Church in China, the Holy See’s agreement with the Communist regime, and his relationship with Pope Francis and the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The following is a transcript of the cardinal’s interview with CNA. It has been edited for length and clarity....
  • Bernie Sanders said it’s a “good thing” when people have to wait in line for food. Meanwhile, in the real world, this is what it’s actually like to wait in line for food in Venezuela.

    02/15/2020 9:32:11 PM PST · by grundle · 49 replies
    Wordpress ^ | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Bernie Sanders said it’s a “good thing” when people have to wait in line for food. Meanwhile, in the real world, this is what it’s actually like to wait in line for food in Venezuela. Bernie Sanders said that it’s a “good thing” when people have to wait in line for food.These are his exact words:“It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, cause people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”You can see him...
  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    02/15/2020 12:53:14 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 16 replies
    rand.org ^ | RAND Corporation
    Over the past two decades, China's People's Liberation Army has transformed itself from a large but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. Although China continues to lag the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its relative capabilities in many critical areas. To advance the public debate, RAND used open, unclassified sources to compile The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power. This comprehensive report examines U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in ten operational areas, and presents a "scorecard" for each.Each scorecard assesses the relative advantage or disadvantage...
  • Maduro acknowledges his socialist delusions

    02/15/2020 10:02:12 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 15 2020 | Lawrence J. Haas
    Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s quiet move to restore elements of free enterprise to his nation’s economy should serve as a cautionary tale for anyone listening to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ siren song of socialism in the Democratic primaries or who is still tempted by promises of socialist bliss. Maduro’s move represents a desperate attempt to dampen public outrage, and thus maintain his grip on power, in the midst of an astonishing economic collapse that economists view as the world’s worst in decades in the absence of war. Venezuela’s tale is hardly a unique one. In recent decades, socialist nations across the...
  • How Xi’s ‘controlocracy’ lost control

    02/15/2020 7:51:24 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | February 15, 2020 | By Xiao Qiang
    In his 2016 book The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century, Norwegian political scientist Stein Ringen described contemporary China as a “controlocracy,” saying that its system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than what came before. China’s “controlocracy” now bears primary responsibility for the COVID-19 epidemic that is sweeping across that nation and the world. Over the past eight years, the central leadership of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken steps to bolster Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) personal authority, as well as expanding the party’s own powers, at the...
  • Chinese scholar blames Xi Jinping, Communist Party for not controlling coronavirus outbreak

    02/14/2020 1:09:28 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Published: 7:30am, 6 Feb, 2020 Updated: 6:02pm, 14 Feb, 2020 | Jun Mai and Mimi Lau
    A prominent Chinese scholar has published an article criticising the country’s leadership for failing to control the coronavirus outbreak that has infected almost 25,000 people around the world. Xu Zhangrun, a law professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, who has been under close surveillance by the authorities, blamed Communist Party leaders for putting politics ahead of the people in his strongly worded piece, which was published on several overseas Chinese-language websites this week. “The political system has collapsed under the tyranny, and a governance system [made up] of bureaucrats, which has taken [the party] more than 30 years to build...
  • Coronavirus: Beijing purges Communist Party heads in Hubei over outbreak response

    02/13/2020 9:05:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | February 13, 2020 | by William Zheng
    Beijing’s purge of officials in Hubei province picked up pace with the removal of the top Communist Party leaders in the region as the central government responded to public anger over what is seen as the botched handling of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Hubei party secretary Jiang Chaoliang had been replaced by Shanghai mayor Ying Yong, 61, a close ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The Communist Party leader of the city of Wuhan, Ma Guoqiang, 56, also lost his job, Xinhua said. He will be replaced by Wang Zhonglin, 57, the party...
  • Survey Finds People Who Identify as Left-Wing More Likely to Have Been Diagnosed With a Mental Illness

    02/12/2020 4:24:58 PM PST · by Its All Over Except ... · 55 replies
    Summit News ^ | 2/12/2020 | Paul Joseph Watson
    The data speaks for itself. A new survey of more than 8,000 people has found that those who identify with left-wing political beliefs are more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental illness. Ann Coulter’s “liberalism is a mental disorder” catchphrase has become something of a clichéd meme, but the data appears to support it. Carried out by Slate Star Codex, the online survey collected a wealth of data from respondents about their education, demographic, lifestyle and political views. The results show that people who occupy the farther left end of the political spectrum are more likely to have...
  • The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake

    02/11/2020 10:10:43 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 94 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2020 | David Brooks
    ...This is the story of our times—the story of the family, once a dense cluster of many siblings and extended kin, fragmenting into ever smaller and more fragile forms. The initial result of that fragmentation, the nuclear family, didn’t seem so bad. But then, because the nuclear family is so brittle, the fragmentation continued. In many sectors of society, nuclear families fragmented into single-parent families, single-parent families into chaotic families or no families. If you want to summarize the changes in family structure over the past century, the truest thing to say is this: We’ve made life freer for individuals...
  • Coronavirus: Outspoken Chinese lawyer critical of government missing in Wuhan, family says

    02/11/2020 9:40:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 11, 2020 | By Ali Gostanian and Yuliya Talmazan
    A Chinese lawyer who had been documenting the coronavirus outbreak in the city of Wuhan has not been seen or heard from since last week, and friends and family say they fear he may have been forcibly quarantined by the Chinese government. The lawyer, Chen Qiushi, 34, made a series of social media posts about the outbreak in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, starting on Jan. 25, several days after the city was locked down by the Chinese government to help stop the spread of the virus, which has killed over 1,000 people in China. Calling himself a...
  • Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials 'removed' as death toll hits 1,000

    02/11/2020 4:02:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | February 11, 2020
    China has "removed" several senior officials over their handling of the coronavirus outbreak - as the death toll passed 1,000. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission, and the head of the commission, were among those who lost their jobs. They are the most senior officials to be demoted so far. The deputy director of the local Red Cross was also removed for "dereliction of duty" over "handling of donations". The two Hubei party officials will be replaced by a national figure - the deputy director of China's National Health Commission, Wang Hesheng. As well as being removed from...
  • Bernie Sanders - The Communist's Lie of Democratic Socialism

    02/10/2020 12:22:46 PM PST · by karpov · 12 replies
    Town Hall ^ | February 8, 2020 | Ian Haworth
    Since Bernie Sanders burst onto the mainstream political scene in 2016, a debate has raged amongst both his supporters and critics regarding where his true political allegiances lie. Many critics argue that the senator from Vermont is a devoted communist. His supporters will dismiss this as right-wing slander, stating that Sanders is a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist!” Only a few days ago, Newsweek published a piece titled “Bernie Sanders Is A Democratic Socialist Not A Communist, Here’s the Difference” which perfectly demonstrated the Left’s blind acceptance of the senator’s ideological self-declaration, instead focusing on the definitional differences between communism and socialism....
  • With China's Huawei, Just What Are Conservatives So Afraid Of?

    02/10/2020 9:52:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/10/2020 | John Tamny
    It’s been said by those who know Fred Smith well that when the visionary FedEx founder is asked about the U.S. Post Office, he’s known to say that in a competitive market he could put the government-created monopoly out of business in a matter of months. Smith’s confidence shouldn’t surprise readers, conservative readers least of all. That’s the case because at least in their rhetoric, conservatives preach the gospel of market discipline. The Post Office would be extraordinarily vulnerable to competition precisely because it’s never faced the kind of competition and investor pressure that conservatives at least rhetorically deem so...
  • More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home

    02/10/2020 10:07:42 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | February 10, 2020 | By JOE McDONALD
    More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home. Public health authorities are watching closely to see whether the return to business worsens the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 40,000 people globally and killed over 900, with the vast majority of cases in China. Even before the slow and cautious reopening, China on Monday reported a rise in new cases, dimming optimism that the near-quarantine of...
  • Mayor Pete is really MARXIST PETE

    Mayor Pete is actually a well groomed Marxist by his father. Gramsci sought the overthrow of America by the “long march thru the institutions” and especially Christianity. Now we see an emerging Mayor Pete waxing poetic about his Christian ideals.
  • Xi, Mao, and China’s Search for a Usable Past

    02/09/2020 8:17:08 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    China File ^ | Jan 2014 | Paul Gewirtz
    ...Every country is engaged in the construction and reconstruction of a usable past within a continuous history. For China today, that task is distinctively important, multi-faceted, and difficult. China’s history is extremely long and immensely complex. The People’s Republic of China that was established in 1949 self-consciously marked a new beginning, and it defined itself in part in opposition to China’s past... ...Mao himself is now part of China’s history, and reconstructing and interpreting Mao is part of what China’s leaders must do today. (They do not yet seem prepared to re-interpret the Tiananmen events of 1989, but almost surely...
  • Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton says Coronavirus may have originated in Wuhan 'Super Laboratory'

    02/08/2020 5:21:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 81 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 30, 2020 | Spencer Neale
    The Arkansas Republican cited a study published by the Lancet that showed of the original 40 cases in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, 14 people who contracted the virus never set foot in the Wuhan wildlife market where Chinese authorities have claimed the virus originated. "As one epidemiologist said, 'That virus went into the seafood market before it came out of the seafood market.' We still don't know where it originated," Cotton said. "I would note that Wuhan also has China's only biosafety level four super laboratory that works with the world's most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus."...
  • Pompeo warns governors of Chinese infiltration into US: 'It's happening in your state'

    02/08/2020 4:55:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 8, 2020 | Nick Givas
    China's Communist Party has infiltrated various levels of America's infrastructure and is working to destroy the values of the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a speech Saturday, while also warning state governors to be wary of China's infiltration. “We can’t ignore China’s actions and strategic intentions," he said while addressing the National Governors Association winter meeting. "The Chinese government has been methodical in the way it's analyzed our system... it's assessed our vulnerabilities and it's decided to exploit our freedoms, to gain an advantage over us at the federal level, the state level and the local...
  • Debunking Left-Wing Historian Howard Zinn Is Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel

    02/08/2020 7:18:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 8, 2020 | Krystina Skurk
    Mary Grabar's book, 'Debunking Howard Zinn,' takes aim at the celebrated historian who is as influential as he is ideological and dishonest. Howard Zinn’s book, The People’s History of the United States, is one of the most famous American history textbooks ever written. His goal was to change the way Americans saw their own history by writing from the perspective of those he called “underdogs.” In doing so, he thoroughly distorts the true historical record and paints America as an inherently unjust nation.Mary Grabar believes that at the root of his agenda is a desire to see America turned into...