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Many on this site may be familiar with the work of Bari Weiss. If not, I cannot encourage you strongly enough to give her a read or a listen. She is doing great work, and I find it incredibly encouraging to know that there are people on the Left (at least, people to the left of me and probably most of the people on this site) who can see the world clearly.
But the reason for this post, my first post on Ricochet after lurking for some eight years on this site, is to encourage everyone to listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of her podcast discussion with Josh Rogin about the threat posed to the world by the criminal enterprise that is the Chinese Communist Party. It is incredibly informative, even if you don’t agree with everything Weiss and Rogin think. This is first-class reporting on the most important issue of our time. I am sure there is a lot here that will be familiar to the members of this site, but there is so much here, I am sure everyone will find something new and informative.
For what it is worth, here are my thoughts after listening to this podcast:
Mankind stumbled, imperfectly, unexpectedly, blessedly, on the implementation of those ideas that we call liberal democracy — the “free world.” The struggle of our grandparents’ time was how the free world would confront the threat of totalitarian fascism — embodied by the Axis powers. In our parents’ time, it was how the free world would confront Leninist-Marxist communism — embodied by the USSR. The struggle of our time is now between the free world and the authoritarianism by which the CCP has oppressed the people within its own borders and which it wants to export to the rest of the world as a counter to the model of freedom and the dignity of the individual that Western democracies have fought so hard for so long to protect and extend.
The CCP’s model of racist authoritarianism (and if you don’t believe it’s racist, ask the Uighurs) cannot long exist side by side with the free world — a world, a way of life, many of us have come to take for granted as our birthright without understanding how unique it is in the history of the world and how fragile it is in the face of human nature. The choice before all of us is whether we and our children will live in a world consisting of an ever-growing set of free and open societies, working cooperatively and led by the example of the U.S. and its allies, or an ever-growing set of repressive, authoritarian regimes led and supported by the CCP.
The stark reality of that choice should inform how we think about the world, how we write and speak about the things we see happening around us, and how we choose — and thank God we have the ability to choose! — how to participate in that struggle and to select our representatives in government.Published in