Democracy Dies in Communism: Washington Post Runs Chinese Propaganda Op-Ed

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Democracy Dies in Communism: Washington Post Runs Chinese Propaganda Op-Ed


Rogan, Tom, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Under the proud motto "Democracy Dies in Darkness," the Washington Post's editors have run a Communist authoritarian defending his party's attack on democracy and subjugation of the state to the Communist Party.

On Monday, the Post published Chinese venture capitalist, Eric X. Li's endorsement of Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent eradication of term limits for his office.

And by goodness is it an endorsement.

Xi's lifetime centralization is "institutionally fusing the party and the state. This reform is good for China," says Li, "simply because the party has developed into the most competent national political institution in the world today."

Think about those words.

They matter not just in their avowed moral disinterest in democratic accountability, but in what they tell us about the Chinese communist notion of power. Namely, a notion that is the absolute inverse of what U.S. Founding Fathers advocated.

Where Li sees greatness in the Chinese communist party's ability to know what's best for the people and implement those ends without delay, the Founders saw greatness in the ability of competition within a democracy to check the worse impulses of those in power.

Though George Washington's purported description of the Senate as a saucer to cool legislation is likely apocryphal, Thomas Jefferson was absolutely convinced that "for good legislation two houses are necessary."

Regardless, the entire system of U.S. federal power is situated on political competition and the legally enshrined balance of powers between three branches. This op-ed in the Post posits that Beijing knows best.

It's an important note to make, because Li isn't speaking simply for himself, he's representing the Chinese agenda he devotedly (and lucratively) serves.

That agenda is focused on two key components.

First, a reconstruction of the free trade based international rules of commerce to a feudal-patronage system in which all nations bow to Beijing. Second, China's military dominance of Asia and Australasia in its entirety. On that latter point, Li has previously argued that China has "performed brilliantly" in militarizing vast swathes of international waters in the South China Sea.

I disagree. I believe they represent profoundly immoral challenges to the better lives of billions of people. Fortunately, I'm not alone. As Defense Secretary Jim Mattis recognizes, the U.S. must deny China these objectives.

Nevertheless, Li's monologue for capital-communist destiny is just getting started.

Li continues by explaining that "the party has developed into one of the most elaborate and effective governing institutions in the world and, I would argue, in history. …

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