Posted On: Friday - May 7th 2021 9:15PM MST
In Topics:   History  AntiChrist  China  Orwellian Stupidity
We left the AntiChrist candidates behind quite a couple of years ago after some speculation about Øb☭ma and The Hildabeast. Perhaps it's time for Peak Stupidity to do some more musing about Hu it could be: Hu? no, and not Yu... Could it be, I don't know ... XI?
The blogger is an old China hand, as the diplomat types like to say - that sounds cool anyway. From 15 years back until about 3 years back, I'd had high hopes for the place - see also Part 2. That's no longer the case. Talks with my personal contacts, the reading of Kai Strittmatter's book We Have Been Harmonized*, and now a book I'm almost finished with (review coming shortly), have got me thinking China IS America's biggest external problem after all.
No, Peak Stupidity has not turned Neocon. I don't think the US has any business controlling the South China Sea and defending Taiwan for that matter, not to mention that we're beyond broke, so we may want to delegate all that to the Japs or something. China historians note that the Middle Kingdom hasn't had a history of colonizing the world. There were the interesting 7 "treasure voyages" of Chong Ho, aka, Zheng He, during the first 1/3 of the 1400s AD, some of them comprised of over 20,000 men on hundreds of ships, as related here. The seafaring exploration to as far away as eastern Africa just stopped after Mr. Ho's time, due to the Confucians' negative attitude about it all. The Chinese are building up a big military now, but it's not the physical/military expansionism that's the worry. To me, it's the cultural expansionism being pushed by the Chinese Communist Party.
What's changed over the last 3 years is that the Chinese President, and therefore CCP Chairman, Xi Jinping, has made himself President for life. From what he's been up to, it seems this guy aspires to be the new and improved Chairman Mao, but with all-you-can-eat buffets instead of the "iron rice bowl", stylish haircuts instead of the "rice bowl cut", shiny high-speed trains instead of the bicycle, and the Digital Yuan instead of, well, jack squat.
A few years after Mao Zedong died, the new Chairman Deng Xiaoping took over and improved the lot of Chinamen over a decade of so, after realizing that the economics of Communism were a complete shit show. That lesson seems to have stayed learned, through the present, at least. The hardworking Chinese people have created one hell of an economy, with no small credit due those Americans who gave them much manufacturing capital and provided them with the ability to steal loads of intellectual property for nothing in return.
My reading of the book I'll soon review, with it's descriptions of high-level meetings/dealings between Chinese officials and Trump administration officials, taught me about the arrogance of the Chinese at this point in history. The thing is, the country has a long, long (~3,500 year) history of arrogance. Just the term they dub their nation, The Middle Kingdom, the center of the world, took arrogance to keep using. In my lifetime, when China was still a real honest-to-Trump shithole, with a billion and a half poor bastards getting roped into one stupid Commie program after another, it was hard for me to believe they could be like this. Maybe this arrogance was hidden within the Chinese people too at that time. Not a lot of Americans or other Westerners were there to see it all.
Well, the arrogance has come out in spades with the rise of the New China. Xi Jinping, President and CCP Chairman for life, has got his share. Rather than just flex military muscles at this time, the CCP has been spreading Chinese culture around the world via the millions of Chinese people overseas. Not all of these ex-pats are Commie bastards (as I'll note in a post to come). It's hard for us as Americans to pick out the CCP-supported and CCP supporters from the other Chinamen though.
The Chinese have always believed that their emperors had some kind of "Mandate from Heaven" to rule the whole lot of Chinese people and do whatever the hell they wanted. CCP Chairmen are basically the new emperors. It sure seems like Chairman Xi is following in the footsteps of old butcher Chairman Mao in his Totalitarianism, but with Orwellian electronics that Mao couldn't imagine in his wet dreams. It's #1984WithChineseCharacteristics @XiJingping
I'm telling you all, this Xi bastard has a mandate straight outta hell. He's AntiChrist material if I've ever seen it.
* See also Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4