“Let me spell it out: This is the Chinese version of the alt-right, except it isn’t fringe,” writes Vicky Xiuzhong Xu. https://t.co/5Nklgnqaun— Foreign Policy (@ForeignPolicy) October 4, 2019
So, what you are telling me is that the Chinese have embraced authoritarian nationalism, social conservatism and post-liberalism, and that I should resent China and rally behind Western liberalism which has demonized me and made me a pariah in my own country?
“In August, groups of Chinese patriots, ranging from dozens to thousands of people, held a string of rallies in the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, France, and Japan to voice support for the Chinese government. On paper, this sounds somewhat innocent.
Following months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that have drawn international sympathy, many mainlanders, mostly students abroad, staged their own demonstrations to offer the world their perspective.
But that perspective isn’t pretty. And it’s one sanctioned by officialdom.
In Toronto, young nationalists drove Ferraris draped with Chinese flags and ridiculed Hong Kongers for being “poor cunts.” In London, a sign at a rally demanded that Hong Kongers “lick [their] master’s ass.” In several separate incidents in Australia, Chinese protesters attacked a journalist, assaulted Hong Kong sympathizers, and lambasted anyone who doesn’t love China with chants of “get the fuck out.” In response to “Hong Kong stay strong” on one university campus, young Chinese students shouted in unison, “Fuck your mother!” …
Let me spell it out: This is the Chinese version of the alt-right, except it isn’t fringe. Instead of “Make America Great Again,” the Chinese students were chanting “Long Live China.” Instead of blasting racist speeches against the ethnic minorities clearly visible in the West, this time the discrimination was political and regional—targeting Hong Kongers and their supporters. But the rage, the aggression, and the pride on the streets are all too similar. And they have largely flown under the radar as abusive speeches get lost in translation and go unchecked. …”
I’m optimistic about the future.
I will share my thoughts on the 2020s tomorrow, but it will suffice to say that I see China as a country on the way up and the United States on the way down. We’re only going to become more polarized and dysfunctional. No one in the world will want to emulate our system. They can protest all they want in Hong Kong, but Uncle Sam isn’t coming to their rescue.
Note: I laugh every time that I watch this video. American liberals have created a monster in East Asia that will ultimately devour them. It’s their fight, nor ours.