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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Profiles in Cancellation: First Russia Then You

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Profiles in Cancellation: First Russia Then You

Vladimir Putin sent his Russian Federation troops into Ukraine in the last week of February 2022. Within a matter of days, Putin, his ministers, and then everyone in Russia had been hit with devastating sanctions. Indiscriminately, every single participant in the Russian economy was cut off from credit and reduced to using a currency spiraling into worthlessness. Russian mothers, children, the handicapped, the elderly—Washington wants them all dead.

As Ludwig von Mises Institute Director Jeff Deist and economist Bob Murphy point out on a recent Mises podcast, the sanctions against Russia are metastasizing rapidly. Valery Gergiev, the conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, has been fired. A Canadian youth hockey league and the Paralympics are banning Russians entirely.  A Russian soprano singer named Anna Netrebko was kicked out of the Metropolitan Opera in New York for not denouncing her country’s president. Russia has been banned from participating in the World Cup. The United States Department of Justice has already created a “task force” to seize the private property of Russian citizens whom Washington has decided—on what standard it is not known—are “oligarchs”.

 

(Bill Gates, a close friend of “suicided” sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein (owner of a child-rape island getaway very popular with the non-Russian rich and famous), has much more money than your typical Russian “oligarch,” but instead of being prosecuted by a Justice Department task force, he is the American government’s media face for pushing the mandated injection of a bioweapon. My search for a standard of judgment in Washington’s witch hunts continues.)

You cannot use Visa or MasterCard in Russia anymore.

You cannot use Visa or MasterCard in Russia anymore. You cannot watch Netflix. You can use your Visa credit card to download unlimited pornography in the United States, and MasterCard has recently sponsored a “Master Class” by the serial rapist, international con artist, and author of the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis (through sanctions, no less), William Jefferson Clinton. Netflix, for its part, has been indicted by a grand jury in Texas for peddling graphic and lewd “movies” depicting the sexual abuse of minors. But suddenly these corporations have the moral high ground and are cracking down on Russians.

The NBA is also standing up for Ukraine.

This is what is happening now. But recall what was happening before the latest round of airheaded hyperventilating on “The View.” Just a few months ago, the world was still distracted with coronavirus virtue signaling, and so had no need to grandstand about Ukraine. In those simpler, happier times of three weeks prior, the Winter Olympics were being held in the pandemic-spewing People’s Republic of China, which not only invaded Tibet, Manchuria, Mongolia, East Turkestan, and Hong Kong (in addition to invading Vietnam and parts of India, but which is also openly threatening to invade Taiwan. NBC sent a planeload of staff and crew to film the slaloming and curling and doped-up Russian figure skating (which the International Olympic Committee allowed). No cancellation of China or its dictator in sight. (Some people did call for an Olympics boycott, but they were almost simultaneously labeled racists and fascists.)

Ah, the halcyon years when woke Americans just made money off of suffering without bothering the rest of us with their feigned abhorrence to it.

In the innocent days of February, 2022, before we learned what dictators are really capable of when Vladimir Putin muscled in on Kyiv, we must not have noticed that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has aborted hundreds of millions of people in just the few decades that it has been keeping “official” (read: falsified) statistics. The majority of those killed have been female, targeted on the sole basis of their sex in favor of boys. Conservative estimates place the number of unwanted daughters assassinated in utero in China at some six dozen million in recent decades, leading to so many excess males that “experts” in the PRC are now suggesting polyandry as a possible policy revision. (In the West, targeting people for violence on the basis of sex is a hate crime. In China, however, Westerners call this particular hate crime “medicine.”) Forced abortions remain common.

So do organ harvesting, forced marriages, bride abductions, child trafficking (for sale to those who cannot conceive sons), concentration camps, ethnic cleansing, cultural genocide, the “disappearing” of Chinese bishops, the persecution (with Rome’s blessing) of Catholics and other Christians, the arrest and torture of dissidents, extrajudicial killings, censorship, and planetary mass murder (with the help of American bureaucrats).

Days of innocence, indeed. An American oligarch named Mark Zuckerberg was untroubled by any of this. He asked the genocidal leader of the People’s Republic of China, the one overseeing the extermination of female infants, to name his unborn child. Other oligarchs, such as those who run Google, cooperated with the same genocidal dictator in his totalitarian enslavement of nearly one and a half billion people. And why not—other oligarchs use that slave labor to undercut their competition. Ah, the halcyon years when woke Americans just made money off of suffering without bothering the rest of us with their feigned abhorrence to it.

The American elite and their lower-class hangers-on have been so quick to shut Vladimir Putin and all Russians out of polite society, but have done nothing to counter Chinese aggression against not just one country but, quite literally, all of them.

Things were so different back then. The NBA did not stand up for China, as it has for Ukraine. In October of 2019, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted: “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” Almost as quickly as the NBA rushed to condemn Vladimir Putin for invading its neighbor, it rushed to condemn its employee for condemning China for invading its neighbor. LeBron James and other woke kneelers blasted Morey. NBA commissioner Adam Silver groveled to the Chinese communists. NBA star Yao Ming faced no consequences for his support of a dictator. No one stood with Daryl Morey. No one in the NBA but Morey stood with Hong Kong.

I have been trying to figure out why the American elite and their lower-class hangers-on have been so quick to shut Vladimir Putin and all Russians out of polite society, but have done nothing to counter Chinese aggression against not just one country but, quite literally, all of them. It is certainly a function of money, that’s surely part of it. China has a huge market, and is also a hub of manufacturing, the tie-down point for a myriad of supply chains. So those with their snouts in the trough—and that includes virtually everyone in Washington—grunt when the slop stream appears about to be disrupted. That is a big part of why woke Americans wrote Hong Kong off and covered for Beijing as it raped Buddhist nuns in Tibet, but garnished themselves in yellow and blue in “solidarity” with Ukraine (a country I suspect no one in Hollywood or on any NBA team could find on an unmarked globe).

But there is something more spontaneous going on, something different than simple financial calculation. There is a real cultural movement to erase Russia from the rolls of civilization, to carry out a damnatio memorariae as the Roman elites used to do when they wanted some inconvenient people sent down the memory hole. Ukraine stands for something more than Ukraine in all this, and Russia stands for something more than Russia.

The warmongers in Washington want a war with Russia and are engaging in “hysteria” to get one.

As I was thinking about the weird and increasingly obnoxious virtue-signaling over Ukraine, I remembered something interesting from my grad school days back at the University of Wisconsin in Pyongyang Madison. One day, I read in the official university announcements that members of “P**** Riot” would be visiting campus, and that the UW mascot, Bucky Badger, was personally endorsing the event. Students were encouraged to attend the talk by the Russian punk-rockers.

Readers will recall that P**** Riot is not just any low-rent punk group, but a gaggle of hateful feminist bigots who gained global fame by desecrating a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow. This made them beloved among the left. The anti-Christian revolutionaries were welcomed with open arms in Madison, as you might expect. P**** Riot are heroes for standing in a Christian holy space with knit rags on their heads and gesticulating lewdly—just what your garden-variety Democrat has always longed to do!

But not everyone was so thrilled with P**** Riot’s Wisconsin debut. One of the pastors from a local Orthodox church wrote to the university, I later learned through records requests, and asked that such anti-Christian rhetoric not be publicly supported. The university apparently ignored him—P**** Riot went on stage as planned. The University of Wisconsin has a long history of anti-Christian bigotry. Hmm. This is starting to make sense.

Once Putin is cancelled, and all of Russia with him, then it will be open war on Christians—such as is already underway in Xi Jinping’s China.

Just a few years later, when the Wuhan virus broke out, it was a completely different story in Madison, however. Even though the world was being thrashed by a deadly plague manufactured in and released by the People’s Republic of China, and even though China was holding up shipments of masks and other necessary medical equipment as part of a related blackmail campaign, University of Wisconsin faculty and staff strengthened ties with China. And when it came to Hong Kong—do you think the UW front office retweeted Daryl Morey’s lone voice of courageous principle? I’ll give you three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

Another records search revealed more of a possible reason why. Chancellor of the UW system, Rebecca Blank (who will be leaving Madison this year), had made trips to China where she met with officials and gave speeches at banquets attended by government agents. Blank’s team prepared her in advance to deflect any questions she might get about concentration camps or other subjects discomfiting to the communists in Beijing. Blank’s job was to get Chinese students, and Chinese money, into Bucky Badger’s pockets. Far from cancelling China or the Chinese, Blank was toadying to them, helping them to keep secret whatever might jeopardize the cash flow from the PRC to her bank account. It’s not just Blank, of course. If you are a university president in America, then, with rare exception, your job is to lick communist boot in Beijing. It’s why you get paid the big bucks. (Blank pulls down well more than half a million dollars in salary a year, plus accommodation in a mansion, a company car, and all the other perks of Beijing-bloated American academia.)

Toasts at banquets for one group of murderers. Sanctions for everyone in an entire country for the actions of another group of murderers. See the dividing line here? Becky Blank was fine with P**** Riot, and fine with drinks with Chinese communists. I wonder if she would be willing to raise a glass to the memory of Billy Graham. To ask the question is to answer it.

Before you call for war against Russia, be very certain that you are not calling down Deep State fury on your own head.

A murderous dictator is instantly cast out when he invades Ukraine. Another murderous dictator is fawned over, no matter how many invasions (and forced abortions, and pandemics, and concentration camps, and genocides) he spawns. What’s the difference? It should be obvious by now. The second dictator, Xi Jinping, is an atheist—and so is embraced by the globalist West. The first dictator, Vladimir Putin, is a Christian. He is cancelled outright, no questions asked. And everyone who supports him, too. Everyone who even thought about not denouncing him. Gone. Yes, even the socialists have figured this one out on the political front—the warmongers in Washington want a war with Russia and are engaging in “hysteria” to get one. But there’s one more piece to this puzzle. The warmongers in Washington are deeply anti-Christian Enlightenment terrorists. Their adversary is Russian Orthodox. Now it makes sense.

None of this excuses either dictator. But think about it. A globalist-friendly part-time drag queen elected to run one of the most corrupt governments of the world (with deep financial connections to the Biden oligarchy currently in control of Washington) calls for help against a Christian leader who rejects gender orthodoxy on religious grounds. The woke West, led by the “Catholic” “president,” immediately denounces the Christian. The UW-Madison’s star Russia “expert” is out front and center to counsel woke warmongers on how to get back at him.

The atheist, by contrast, gets a free pass—to the point that Hollywood actors apologize to him for calling Taiwan a country, and American companies comply with whatever anti-Taiwanese or anti-Hong Kong agitprop Beijing puts out. American newspapers include Chinese Communist Party fake news in with their own homegrown fake news. American universities can’t get enough of China-style dictatorship. There are no UW-Madison teach-ins against Xi Jinping. A Chinese dissident artist tried satirizing Beijing over its 2022 Genocide Games—the George Washington University censored him.

Let us admit what is really going on here. The woke West sees in Vladimir Putin a test case, the one it has long been waiting for. Once Putin is cancelled, and all of Russia with him, then it will be open war on Christians.

But a race car driver with a Russian last name? Out. No questions asked.

Let us admit what is really going on here. The woke West sees in Vladimir Putin a test case, the one it has long been waiting for. Once Putin is cancelled, and all of Russia with him, then it will be open war on Christians—such as is already underway in Xi Jinping’s China (no wonder the American elite love him), and in Africa, and in the Middle East. Washington has taken every possible step to further the Christian global genocide, and is now about to take the lead in it. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of Hungary, then perhaps some of the Christian politicians in Washington’s “ally,” Catholic Poland, will be the next Putins. Then the truckers in the USA—just like their Christian brothers up in Canada. Political prisoners in the United States are dying. The January 6 commission is preparing the next phase of Deep State’s never-ending coup against Trump and his patriotic supporters of faith—any faith at all, not just Christian. These are not random and unrelated acts. The West wants Christians most of all, and all believers with them, gone. The plan for this is now going live. Global atheism is your new religion now, say Washington, Beijing, and the Vatican.

This old-school anti-communist is here to say that there is something very peculiar in the West’s treatment of Moscow. Putin is the first to fall in the new inquisition. Before you call for war against Russia, be very certain that you are not calling down Deep State fury on your own head.

--Jason Morgan is associate professor at Reitaku University in Kashiwa, Japan

More on the Ukraine situation — THE ERRORS of GLOBALISM: Russia, Ukraine, and the Suicide of the West

 

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Last modified on Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Jason Morgan | Remnant Correspondent, TOKYO

Jason Morgan is an assistant professor at Reitaku University in Chiba, Japan, where he teaches language, history, and philosophy. He specializes in Japanese legal history. He’s published four books in Japanese and two book-length Japanese-to-English translations. His work has also appeared at Japan Forward, New Oxford Review, Crisis, Modern Age, University BookmanChronicles, and Clarion Review.