IN yesterday’s TCW I drew attention to Time magazine’s recent article that openly acknowledged, indeed boasted about, a conspiracy of the elites behind the theft of the US presidential election. Today I want to alert you to another article, which explains how these elites became so contemptuous of democracy in the first place and how that in turn opened the door to Chinese expansionism and its subversion of American institutions.
It’s a brilliantly researched piece – forwarded to me by three readers already, so I may be behind the curve – recently published in The Tablet
Writer Lee Smith starts with Machiavelli’s three options for a conquering power’s treatment of those it has defeated in war. The first is to ruin them, the second to rule directly, the third to create ‘therein a state of the few which might keep it friendly to you’. It’s the third we are interested in here.
Jumping back ten years to the first year of Obama’s presidency, and to another article by Thomas Friedman which marked this as the exact moment when the American elite decided that democracy wasn’t working for them, Smith charts the globalist enterprise since: one in which the elites further impoverished American workers while enriching themselves. Undergirding this, he writes, was China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation in 2001.
And he takes us back even further to faustian pact between the US political and business elites – to Bill Clinton’s decision to decouple human rights and trade with China in 1994, forever hopeful that China would adopt more democratic polices.
‘For decades, American policymakers and the corporate class said they saw China as a rival, but in fact the elite that Friedman described saw enlightened Chinese autocracy as a friend and even as a model – which was not surprising, given that the Chinese Communist Party became their source of power, wealth, and prestige.’
What follows is a stunningly clear explanation of the threat Donald Trump came to pose to this established set of elite interests and wealth, despite the fact that he was ‘hardly the first to make the case that the corporate and political establishment’s trade relationship with China had sold out ordinary Americans’. But returning those jobs to America, along with ending foreign wars and illegal immigration, ‘was the core policy promise of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the source of his surprise victory in 2016’. America First did not go down well.
It was this, ironically, Smith argues, that gave this set of elite interest groups and businesses collective self-awareness as well as a powerful motive for solidarity. This, not the ‘deep state’, was the swamp Trump sought to clear; it was his assault on this – not democracy – that roused the conspiracy into action as described in the Time article.
It gave a defined ‘nexus of public and private sector interests that shared not only the same prejudices and hatreds, cultural tastes and consumer habits but also the same center of gravity – the US-China relationship.’ And so, Smith says, the China Class was born.
The article is timely. Less than two weeks ago China’s top diplomat warned President Biden’s administration not to cross Beijing’s red line on China’s ‘internal affairs’ meaning HongKong and human rights.
I will leave you to read on here. You can come to your own conclusions and to where Biden’s just now announced Pentagon Review of China Strategy will lead.
If you want the easy version you can watch Tucker Carlson’s interview with Lee Smith below. It ends on the disturbing note of the deep and extensive ties of the Biden family with the Chinese Communist Party.
It’s reassuring too that not all broadcast media is as dumbed down or as un-inquiring as it is in beleaguered Blighty. Would we had a Tucker Carlson over here.