October 23, 2020

Gen Z Conservative

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the chinese flu is a byproduct of communism

The Chinese Flu is a Byproduct of Communism

Introduction

Media commentators, Democrat politicians, and your run of the mill Social Justice Warriors demand that we stop referring to the Coronavirus as the Chinese Flu and that we stop informing people that the Chinese flu is a byproduct of communism. They want to censor you because, to them, that simple statement of fact about the disease’s origin is racist.

Luckily, most reasonable Americans (read moderates, conservatives, and some libertarians) recognize that supposed racism as utter absurdity. It’s not racist to point out that the disease originated in Wuhan or that the Chinese Flue is a byproduct of communism and anyone who says that it is racist is just virtue signaling.

One writer for RealClearPolitics, David Harsanyi, did a particularly good job of describing why that is in a recent article which is entitled “Coronavirus is the Chinese Government’s Curse Upon the World.” It’s not a conspiracy theory article; Harsanyi just explains why the Coronavirus situation was made so much worse by the communist government’s response to it.

Summary of Why the Chinese Flu is a Byproduct of Communism

To prove that the Chinese flu is a byproduct of communism, Harsanyi first points out the absurdity of saying that it’s “racist” to call Coronavirus the Chinese flu:

The World Health Organization and other sensitive souls have instructed us to stop referring to the new strain of coronavirus as the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” flu because of the racist connotations. I’m disinclined to curb my speech to placate Chinese propagandists, and it seems to me the aversion to those terms is less about racism than about averting blame. But in the spirit of comity, and avoiding disparaging an entire nation, I’m happy to call it the ChiCom Flu moving forward…

naming viral diseases after places — Guinea Worm, West Nile Virus, Ebola, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, etc. — is probably just intuitive. Viruses “come” from someplace, after all, and thus people gravitate to those names. I doubt we came up with “Lyme disease” because of some deep enmity towards Connecticut.

From: The Chinese Flu

Harsanyi then describes how the Chinese communists enabled the spread of the Chinese flu through implementing ridiculously self-serving policies:

the Communist Chinese have been far more effective in stopping the spread of information about the coronavirus than in stopping the spread of the coronavirus itself. Today, for example, China expelled most American journalists from the country.

Early on, the Communists destroyed samples and suppressed vital information that could have helped mitigate the damage of this new strain of coronavirus. The government also silenced doctors who warned about the disease. Some were censured for “spreading rumors” or sharing test results with colleagues, and some were forced to write self-critical public letters — a Marxist mainstay — admitting that the warning “had a negative impact.” The Chinese Communists probably let 5 million people leave Wuhan without screening, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Chinese Communists, like all Communists, hide societal problems. There is no crime, disease or addiction in the collectivist state. This kind of secrecy and dishonesty can be disastrous, especially in a highly interconnected world.

From: The Chinese Flu

Finally, Harsanyi explains how outdated and irresponsible Chinese cultural practices and dietary habits, again enabled by communist policies, are what led to the creation of this disease in the first place:

The Chinese regime is perfectly capable of administering an array of authoritarian policies to suppress the rights of its own people. But it’s apparently unable to exert even mild cultural pressure warning them that their eating habits can be extraordinarily dangerous and hold the potential of creating massive socioeconomic problems.

If reports are correct, it was in Wuhan’s popular “wet markets” that vendors were selling the bats — and possibly snakes — that may have caused the COVID-19 outbreak. “Wet” because the meat sold in its unsanitary stalls was only recently slaughtered.

This kind of thing happens quite often. And not always in China, of course. But the avian influenza was likely transmitted to humans from chickens in a “wet” market. Scientists have been warning for years that the eating of exotic animals in southern China “is a time bomb.” Acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) also originated in China, and probably jumped to humans through bats. Other coronavirus strains are also likely connected to bats.

I hate to thrust my Western cultural values on anyone, but maybe it’s time to stop eating bats.

From: The Chinese Flu

My Analysis of Why the Chinese Flu is a Byproduct of Communism

To fully understand why the Chinese flu is a byproduct of communism, it’s necessary to read two books.

The first is Civilization: The West and The Rest by Niall Ferguson. By reading it, you’ll see why the West has advanced to the point where we don’t need to eat bats to avoid starving; we promote policies that enhance prosperity rather than government control.

The second book is The Case Against Socialism by Rand Paul. In it, Paul describes in depth the horrors that many socialist governments have perpetrated on their own people. Those governments, especially the Chinese communist government, can’t be trusted on the international stage. In this case, China lied and people died. Next time, the disease coming out of China’s wet markets could be far, far worse.

For some reason, the left hates Western civilization. They can’t get it through their thick skulls that perhaps Western values are better than those of the Orient; at lease we’re not contracting diseases from eating bats.

Conclusion

It’s not racist to call Coronavirus the Chinese flu and it’s not incorrect to say that the Chinese flu is a byproduct of communism. Communism is what led to this outbreak. It’s a virus that leads to authoritarianism and is what America must avoid in the years to come.

On the other hand, capitalism creates the drugs, hospitals, and medical procedures necessary to combat the Chinese flu. Which system sounds better to you?

By: Gen Z Conservative


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