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Samizdata quote of the day

“The truth is that China has come out of the lockdowns grimmer, stronger and more assertive. The world we knew has gone.”

– Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph today (behind paywall).

He is writing on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. An organisation responsible for the deaths of tens of millions and which continues to run a heavily authoritarian and dangerous place. It is nothing to celebrate – quite the reverse.

12 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • bobby b

    It scares me the number of current empowered individuals who speak of China with admiration. We are going to end up in a war if they truly believe there’s anything admirable there.

    First they came for the Proud Boys . . .

    Buy guns and ammo.

  • DP

    Dear Mr Pearce

    “The truth is that China the government has come out of the lockdowns grimmer, stronger and more assertive. The world we knew has gone.”

    Our beloved government™ has discovered to its delight how easy it is to lock up the public, to keep them locked up and to stampede them into taking untested medicines on the flimsiest of excuses.

    For whatever reasons, or maybe none at all, it has also trashed a huge swathe of the economy, especially in the small business sector.

    It also now has a list of people who are prepared to spy on and denounce their neighbours for infringements of the government’s rules of the day.

    Maybe they will get to starve millions of Britons to death before long.


  • GregWA

    DP, I read “our government” in your post (July 4, 2021 at 5:35pm) to mean the USG. You didn’t, but all you said applies equally to US and UK governments. And to many other Western governments.

    It’s the next fight: make sure the bastards who knowingly hurt people under the pretense of COVID necessities are made to pay. Starting with the CCP and down to US State Governors and their analogs everywhere. Lose their job, fined, prison time. For the CCP: send them the bill and close off all travel to/from China and places we care about. “we won’t pay” say the CCP, no problem: nationalize their assets and our debts to them. Owning so much of the West has risks!

    Declare China unsafe wrt public health policy. Don’t allow anyone from China to enter Western countries without a 30 day quarantine, in the destination country, at the travelers expense. Do not lift this until China can demonstrate it is modern with respect to public health policies and outcomes. And it must demonstrate it is no longer doing dangerous biological research. “Demonstrate” means inspections like IAEA for nukes.

    Next, pass laws limiting what the Government can do in an “emergency”. Let’s define “emergency” now, not when one is looming. For example, emergencies last days or weeks, not months or years. There are ways to know when an emergency is over (the fire is out; heart attack victim is at the hospital and recovering nicely)…define them now for viral epidemics and whatever else they might dream up to try to lock us down again. whatever “blue ribbon” panels get set up with Fauci clones should be populated by >50% ordinary citizens, chaired by a non-swamp person.

    If a lockdown happens, i.e., legitimate emergency/epidemic headed to pandemic, do not allow remote working by any public sector person; laid off without pay, apply for unemployment like the rest of us. Without remote working, and nice fat salaries un-interrupted, this all would have ended in weeks because the powers that be, the big city dwellers, etc would have been out of work and weighing pros and cons the way everyone on the other end of the economic spectrum was weighing them. Pass laws to ensure we are all in the same boat next time – I know pipe dream that those in power will ever be in the same boat as us, but we can hope, we should try.

  • Owning slaves, using them in work involving cotton, etc., was very bad when done two centuries ago by a fifth of the then white population of the US before the other four fifths ended it. When done by a totalitarian state today, woke CEOs boast of their respect for the perpetrating state, while Google YouTube finds reasons to suspend a channel devoted to exposing its victims’ enslavement and treatment.

  • Flubber

    The elites are in awe of the CCP’s control over their people.

    The no. 2 at Berkshire Hathaway said so openly in a video last week.

    Vaccine Passport / Chinese Social Credit system anyone…

  • staghounds

    Both the Chinese and Western governments have learned a lot from the way we folded up, in every direction, over the ‘flu.

  • DamJoeWVM

    The no. 2 at Berkshire Hathaway said so openly in a video last week.

    Provide a link or means nothing.

  • Paul Marks

    Most of China never really had a lockdown – not of PRODUCTION.

    As for Wuhan – the international airport was kept open long after the “tweaked” virus leaked (or was released) from the lab.

    Must get the virus around the world, and the World Health Organisation and Dr “Gain of Function” Fauci said there was no problem – till it was too late (odd that).

    It was not the virus that smashed the West – it was the reaction to it.

    But then the reaction to it (how to use FEAR to create maximum harm) was role played in various conferences in 2019.

    One of the big conferences was in Wuhan itself.

  • Paul Marks

    The situation now?

    Joseph Biden is in the Whitehouse – and all Western governments are dedicated to a “war” on C02.

    All WESTERN governments are dedicated to destroying industry in the name of “Sustainable Development”.

    CHINA is not – the regime there is not afraid of CO2.

    Why use nuclear weapons on the West – when the Westerners will (with a bit of “nudging”) destroy themselves?

    The CCP dictatorship in China is evil (profoundly evil) – but also highly intelligent. The sheer STUPIDITY of the West must fill them with utter contempt.

    I suspect that the academic, corporate, media and government establishment of the West will end up being used as dog food.

    The Western medical official types (Dr Fauci and co) may even end up with more “Gain of Function” research – although more intimately involved in it than they would like. Why bother with test tubes when you have human subjects?

  • Paul Marks

    bobby b.

    My fear is that there will NOT be a war – why should the CCP bother with war, when the West is collapsing anyway?

    As for domestic dissent – that is what the FBI is for, to CRUSH it.

    All those films and television shows presenting the FBI (a bunch of politically motivated THUGS – for that is what they are) as “the good guys”.

    Even people arrested and framed by the FBI and the “Justice” Department sometimes still believe in the system – “it must be rogue elements”.

    It is not rogue elements – it is the mainstream of “the system”.

    A system that is rotten to the core.

    The Western education system has done its work – it has not just produced the Antifa Marxists, it has also produced the Corporate and government establishment.

    The West is now ruled by people who wish to destroy the West.