The strength of the Chinese economy is commonly underreported in mainstream media. Instead of comparisons based on the monetary exchange rate, one needs to measure purchase power parity (PPP), and on that metric the Chinese economy is already the largest in the world. The next objection is that China has 1.4 billion people so we need to look at averages. Yet, I contend that the relatively poor in Chinese society are already better off than the poor in the West. At the other end of the socioeconomic spectrum, you have high-income earners in the upper-middle class. This is where the fun starts because, for instance, a software engineer working for a large company in Beijing or Shanghai makes nominally about the same as an engineer in a Western European country. Yet, in terms of PPP he is far better off than his counterpart in Paris, or Berlin, or London.
In the West, our elites have fostered the illusion that we can just outsource manufacturing and make a living selling services to each other. In the service economy, it’s turtles all the way down, yet there is no real-world equivalent of tangible wealth being created. The US in particular is a problematic case as its economy is only sustainable due to the US dollar being the world’s reserve currency, which forces other countries to hold corresponding reserves. In contrast, the Chinese have been striving towards self-sufficiency, greatly accelerated by Trump’s economic sanctions. China no longer needs US suppliers to manufacture mobile phones whereas they were previously dependent on some suppliers such as Google. They no longer need them.
One of the most common-sensical yet most maligned political concepts has been enjoying a glorious return: self-sufficiency or, to use a term that is closer to what the Nazis used: autarky. One of Hitler’s goals was to create a fully self-sufficient economy because a country can fully support itself does not need other countries to survive. Doubtlessly, the British were the root cause of this idea as their blockade of Germany in World War I led to death by starvation of countless Germans and ultimately brought the Kaiser to his knees. After WW II, the emerging world order was based on the idea of internationalism. The thinking went that if all countries depended on other countries, and were afraid by Uncle Sam’s big stick, then world peace would be guaranteed. Obviously, for this we ignore the many crimes of humanity committed by the US because those don’t count as long as US-Americans have not been liberated from their government.
Autarky is a goal of the Chinese government, and of Russia’s, too. Note that this does not necessarily mean that there is no trade between nations but that you do not need international trade to survive. With an autarkic economy, a head of state can laugh at the US, the United Nations, or those dime-a-dozen Soros-funded think tanks when they feebly attempt to push their agenda within the borders of your country. Essentially, it grants political invincibility, which is one of the reasons the Western powers got so nervous when they witnessed the economic miracles of Nazi Germany. Unlike Nazi Germany, however, China is not surrounded by a bunch of has-been nations with an itchy trigger finger who are all-too-eager to join forces to suppress the new upstart. They still have to contend with the war-mongering United States, but we are already at a point where the combined forces of Russia and China, and possibly North Korea, provide a sufficient deterrent.
There has been a game changer: Covid-19. Now we know that the West is indeed ruled by a bunch of morons. It’s not that there was no evidence of that beforehand, but now we have seen our esteemed leaders first claim that it’s impossible to shut borders, then it was suddenly possible. They told you that you don’t need to wear facemasks, and even claimed that doing so will actually increase the risk of contracting Covid-19. Look at this crap [mainstream media source, and another one as it’s so much fun]:
Of course, just like there is “magic dirt” that makes white people richer but keeps black people in poverty, so do we have “magic masks” that don’t work when the general public wears them, yet are effective if the wearer happens to be a medical professional. I’m surprised we don’t have people demonstrating in pitchforks outside of government buildings because the level of stupidity on display is off the charts. Of course, that masks don’t work is no longer what the elites have always believed. The current line is that you should wear masks.
In the wake of the (manufactured) Covid-19 crisis the West learned an important lesson: Hitler was onto something when he pushed for autarky. If you don’t have a manufacturing base, you are dependent on other countries. Yet, those other countries may not be able to produce as much as you want or need. It’s not a comfortable situation to be dependent on foreign suppliers.
Covid-19 illuminated further cracks. One is that our Western liberal bullshit propaganda stories are worthless. Instead of helping each other, every country is suddenly fighting for itself. This includes scandalous behavior — I don’t write “illegal” because the laws are highly fungible; if you have the power to change the laws, anything can become legal — like Germany confiscating truckloads of facemasks for Switzerland. Germany also has a bigger bully to worry about and since we are now back at might-is-right on the world stage, it is perhaps no surprise that the US stole a huge shipment of facemasks that the Germans owned. There have been many examples of in-fighting in Western countries. Yet, one foreign country has shown that it is above that: China. At at time when no Western country was willing or able to help Italy, the Chinese sent planeloads of supplies and teams of specialists over there to help them sort out their mess.
While strong leadership is important, it is often neglected that we also need to have a general public that behaves rationally. Strong Chinese leadership shut down parts of the country and, for the very most part, its subjects followed orders and stuck to curfew rules. In contrast, in the West the common herd has been showing unimaginably poor judgment. This includes modern-day American folk heroes like Brady Sluder and other students who went on spring break parties only to accelerate the spread Covid-19 once back home again. Furthermore, it has become a sport among the young to cough at the elderly. If you walk outside with a facemask on, you’ll also have random people cough in your direction. Supposedly, some people have smeared door knobs or elevator panels with saliva as well. All of this shows that the common man in the West is a much greater moron than ever imagined. It is impossible to run a successful country when a large part of your citizenry consists of idiots. The Soviets liked having useful idiots. In the West, we have useless idiots.
In summary, China has demonstrated great leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic. They enforced draconian measures at home for a few weeks, which people willingly followed. Now they are back on track and help out Western countries who have shown that they lack the leadership as well as the required resources to help themselves. The West also lacks a citizenry that is able and willing to follow orders. The contrast with China couldn’t be starker. Looking back, the Covid-19 pandemic will be regarded as the first manifestation of Chinese hegemony. To the discerning observer, it has been obvious for years that the West needs China more than the other way round. Now even the most casual observer has to admit it.
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