A Race To The Bottom
This map is particularly problematic:
THE MOST TERRIFYING MAP IN THE WORLD
If there ever was a time when you could see a trend solidly in motion, now is it.
That the Western, previously civilized world is in decline has been known to anyone with an ounce of curiosity and even just a modicum of analysis of data points.
Before Xi’s ascension to power one could have argued that this trend was worrying, but not terrifying.
What makes it terrifying is that Xi managed to abolish the two-term limit for his presidency with an overwhelming majority (2,959 to 2 and 3 abstaining votes — no prizes for guessing where those 5 guys are now).
He then proceeded to have his name enshrined in the constitution. No shit.
You may recall Xi’s “anti-corruption” purge from a few years back.
Well, this was Xi’s own internal secret police, designed to kill (literally) any opposition from within the CCP.
Today’s China, or should I say CCP, is not the same CCP of Deng Xiaoping. Today’s CCP is an ideological global weapon of control, and it is spreading like cancer.
It is sad when even most of Europe is caught by the CCP. An empire in decline often losses her economic advantage first before the other advantages play catch up to the decay.
We happily gave up our manufacturing and industries in the interest of globalism and free trade. Now, that reaper will soon be coming home to collect payment. A nation cannot surrender her people in the interest of slightly higher GDP and then expect prosperity from it.
Any prosperity that would come would be solely short-lived, if at all. In our case, the boomers may have gotten some of the golden calf, but even they will bear a burden from it.
This is also yet another reason why libertarianism is so silly. In the interest of free trade, we’ve given up our own national sovereignty and global position to a hostile, evil nation. That failure can’t be quantified in terms of GDP or financial loss.
The world is passing us by in everything, except for perhaps degeneracy and the exportation of that degeneracy.
We are still #1 in something, at least.