Three Cheers for the Trade War

BAYONNE, NJ - JANUARY 6: The NYK Line Blue Jay container ship sits in port at the GCT Bayonne terminal in Jersey City, New Jersey on January 6, 2019 as seen from Bayonne, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Ernesto J. Antunez gives three cheers for the trade war:

There has recently been much weeping and gnashing of teeth over President Donald Trump’s trade war with the People’s Republic of China. The ire of this piece will be focused on those avaricious and morally blinded elements of the right who for a few trinkets can be persuaded — nay, bribed — to overlook the perversity of the Marxist butchers of Beijing. Truth be told, the very opening of Western trade with that most odious despotism was itself as morally idiotic as it was strategically idiotic, but it could at least have been somewhat excused as the attempt at convoluted intrigue against the Bolsheviks in Moscow. Nowadays, it is only the allure of filthy blood-soaked lucre and the intoxicating ideological fumes emanating from globalism that animate the defense of this “free trade” with the current masters of China.

Do these over-salaried bean-counters remember Korea? Or is that a memory best left repressed in this new area of wheeling and dealing with Red China? Is even a twinge of shame felt when conducting business with a Communist Party that not only cut to pieces the flower of America’s youth, but revels in this fact even to this very day? Not to mention the hundreds of thousands of our most loyal allies in South Korea, Indochina, and even within China itself during their sanguinary conquest of the “Middle Country.” All this is to be conveniently forgotten and put aside for heaps upon heaps of shoddily made Chinese contraptions assembled by slave labor and an extra uptick in share prices justifying yet another year-end bonus for a c-suite executive to gorge himself on whichever frivolity strikes his fancy. The free market as All-Father is a pathetic deity, indeed.

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