AMERICA DRIFTS TOWARD CHINA’S “TECHNO-AUTOCRACY”

American democracy has been destroyed from the inside, and the nation has become a thoroughly co-opted satellite of China. That’s the provocative analysis of a recent piece by Lee Smith in the magazine Tablet. Smith chronicles the history of how America won the Cold War against Russia’s brand of communism, only to succumb to a betrayal of elites to China’s tech-driven model of suppression and control.

Smith says that in the 1990s:

“Just after defeating communism in the Soviet Union, America breathed new life into the communist party that survived. And instead of Western democratic principles transforming the CCP [the Chinese Communist Party], the American establishment acquired a taste for Eastern techno-autocracy. Tech became the anchor of the U.S.-China relationship, with CCP funding driving Silicon Valley startups, thanks largely to the efforts of Dianne Feinstein, who, after Kissinger, became the second-most influential official driving the U.S.-CCP relationship for the next 20 years.”

The difference in the way America faced threats from Russia versus the way the country has handled China has led to tragically different outcomes, according to Smith. Though often ridiculed, American leaders during the Cold War didn’t trade with Russians, allow business partnerships, or the infiltration of universities or the purchase of American media, sports, and other assets. Most of those restrictions have not applied to China since at least the year 2001 when China was allowed into the World Trade Organization. Today, Smith notes almost every major American industry is vested in China. And, more and more, they are forcing Americans to play by CCP rules.


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3 Comments
  1. ChrisQ 8 months ago

    As Gerald says: “the 20th century was the American Century; the 21st century will be the Chinese Century”. I agree with him-with one proviso (see below).

    The Chinese have survived for nearly 4000 years as an identifiable cultural zone. In that lengthy time period they mastered the art of conquering the conquerer through subtlety and strategic yielding, while quietly developing inner strength. Being mostly on the receiving end of more aggressive, warlike neighbor’s actions, they eventually managed to enervate and absorb them over time, and when in a stronger position exert their influence militarily and/or culturally.

    Sunzi’s “Art of War” and Laozi’s “Daodejing” should have been prescribed reading, together with Mao’s writings on strategy (and Lenin too) for all diplomats and policy wonks and CEOs over the last 30 years. They could have profited by a close study of Japan’s development strategies since the late 19th century as well. The Chinese leadership sure did.

    However they would never make the connections required between any of these and would be either too stupid or lazy to put in the time and effort of study. “Don’t the Chinese hate the Japanese?” they would say. If imitation (at least in the essential directions and some of the methods taken economically) is the greatest form of flattery, then, maybe, only when it suits the CCP to promote hate. I suppose they were too busy reading Friedman and Adam Smith, The Chinese (and Japanese before them) read those works as well – and decided they don’t apply.

    Well, anyway, the fully globalized elites of the developed world don’t really care about pesky things like the right of the individual to personal freedom and the right to privacy, as long as THEY get to profit from the system (which they think is their divine right to run) and are above the reach of its abusers. I guess the Manchu elite in 19th century China thought they could maintain their status quo by cooperating with the Brits too. Until the people had a little revolution in 1911 and swept 250 years of their rule into the dustbin of history together with the Manchus themselves. The Manchus ruled China for about the same time the US has been in existence. A blink of the eye in China’s history.

    Historical allegories are not necessarily accurate, but history does have a way of producing ironies, never suspected by the players at the time. So, what’s the proviso I mentioned above? It is this: The US still has by far and away the largest nuclear arsenal in the world by any measure. The Chinese leadership is far more rational and perceptive of real world conditions than given credit for. They do not want a nuclear holocaust. The same cannot be said for some of the crazier dwellers of the US military-industrial-espionage complex swamp. Only time will tell if it really IS China’s century.

  2. andrej 8 months ago

    Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.

    Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.

    https://suntzusaid.com/book/3

    Sun Tzu said: Raising a host of a hundred thousand men and marching them great distances entails heavy loss on the people and a drain on the resources of the State. The daily expenditure will amount to a thousand ounces of silver.
    . . .
    This being so, to remain in ignorance of the enemy’s condition simply because one grudges the outlay of a hundred ounces of silver in honors and emoluments, is the height of inhumanity.

    https://suntzusaid.com/book/13

  3. […] So what might Dong Jingwei know? Ironically, quite a lot that could have many U.S. squirming, not just China. It’s an open secret that the Chinese have successfully embedded assets and cultivated influence in American institutions for many years. The Trends Journal previously reported on an expose of some of that history in our 9 February 2021 story “AMERICA DRIFTS TOWARD CHINA’S ‘TECHNO-AUTOCRACY’.” […]

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