This is bigger than Covid. But few people are paying attention. By Simon Black

Chinese-US relations may be far more important for Americans than Covid-19. From Simon Black at

Most people realize that 2020 has thrust two game-changing trends upon us that will change the world for years to come.

The first is Covid.

In less than six months, this virus has created extreme global hysteria and economic devastation.

Countless businesses have gone bust or are teetering on the edge. Tens of millions of jobs have been lost.

Government debt around the world has exploded higher. And their heavy-handed abuse of power has been astonishing… often incomprehensible.

Politicians and public health officials have suspended many of our most fundamental freedoms, threatened to come into our homes and take our family members away, and even banished us from our own private properties.

We’ve also seen a breakdown in basic social conventions.

Family and friends have stopped gathering together in person out of fear that someone may be a carrier. Weddings and funerals are virtual. And a simple handshake is practically considered an act of biological terrorism.

And, just like 9/11 nearly two decades ago, many effects of Covid will never return to ‘normal’.

Then there’s the social justice movement… which tore onto the world stage two months ago with a desire to make important cultural changes.

At its core, the movement is virtuous. After all, it’s supposed to be about freedom.

But it has quickly become divisive, menacing, and pointlessly violent.

Everything is offensive. Intellectual dissent must be immediately squashed. People lose their jobs, receive death threats, or are censored, merely for expressing completely valid (and even supportive) opinions.

And some of the largest corporations in the world have all submitted to the Twitter mob, like Nazi collaborators in France who began goose-stepping with the Wehrmacht the moment Hitler took Paris.

History is being rewritten. Vocabulary is being replaced. And any civil discourse results in persecution.

Just like lingering Covid effects, this social turmoil will also be with us for years. Don’t fool yourself into believing it’s some some flash in the pan that will be over in a few weeks.

But what I wanted to tell you today is that there is a THIRD, major trend brewing right now. And it could prove to be even bigger than Covid, bigger than the social justice movement.

It’s not one that evokes the same emotion. So you won’t see too many people marching in the streets or cowering in fear in their homes. There’s no hysteria.

This third major trend is rational. And that’s why it’s largely been ignored. But its impact could be far bigger and longer lasting.

I’m talking about conflict with China.

Over the past several months we’ve witnessed a minor trade dispute between the United States and China escalating into a major diplomatic conflict, and now, into full-blow Cold War.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left no doubt about this when he essentially declared cold war against China’s communist party in a speech late last week:

“If we bend the knee now, our children’s children may be at the mercy of the Chinese Communist Party, whose actions are the primary challenge today in the free world.

General Secretary Xi is not destined to tyrannize inside and outside of China forever, unless we   allow it.

Richard Nixon was right when he wrote in 1967 that ‘the world cannot be safe until China changes.’Now it’s up to us to heed his words.

Today the danger is clear. And today the awakening is happening.

Today the free world must respond. We can never go back to the past.”

It’s pretty incredible how China has already managed to get most of the world to bend to its will.

There are so many examples of this; major US airlines like Delta and American, have scrubbed  references to “Taiwan” on their websites so as not to offend the Chinese communist party.

Hollywood, despite constantly thrusting its woke social justice politics in everyone’s faces, refuses to utter the slightest criticism of China, simply so they can squeeze out more box office revenue there.

And the National Basketball Association  squashed an executive for Tweeting support to Hong Kong protesters last year.

Even the league’s biggest and most outspoken star, Lebron James, meekishly told reporters that China has “a complicated issue with racial, socioeconomic and geopolitical layers” and that he saw “little upside in speaking up” against the Chinese communist party.

Comparing sports team owners to ‘slave owners’ is perfectly fine. But don’t say anything bad about China!

In addition to Pompeo’s speeech, the US-China conflict escalated last week when the US government ordered the Chinese to close its consulate in Houston, Texas.

The Chinese government retaliated by closing a US consulate in China.

This is after months of sanctions, asset seizures, tariffs, arrests, expelling of foreign journalists, and   plenty of tension about the Coronavirus.

I know there’s a lot of fear that an actual shooting war will break out between the US and China. And that is a possibility.

I’m probably biased as a West Point graduate, but I’m convinced that the US Marine Corps and Army Rangers are the most proficient fighting forces in the world.

But the reality is that China has a bigger army. It’s better equipped with newer, better technology. Its tanks are superior, and it has more of them.

China has also been investing heavily in its Navy and Air Force; it already has more ships than the US Navy, and it has also rolled out a fifth-generation fighter jet, the J-20, to compete head-to-head against the US military’s F-22 and F-35.

But that’s just conventional warfare. The next war will be highly unconventional… and the Chinese are dominant in “system destruction warfare”.

They could take down the US power grid, hack multiple defense and intelligence networks, and remotely disrupt key US command and control elements, before a single shot was fired.

This is not my assessment; the Pentagon has been wargaming conflict between the US and China for years. And in the words of one researcher who has participated in these scenarios, the US “gets its ass handed to it.”

Fortunately, a shooting war is unlikely. Why would China want to invade the US and deal with 400 million guns in the hands of the civilian population?

Why would the US want to invade China and deal with another Vietnam war?

War doesn’t benefit either nation, and on that basis it’s possible… but not probable.

What is likely is a total reset in the global financial system.

The current “Bretton Woods” financial system in which the US economy and US dollar are at the center of the global economy is decades old.

The US has derived extraordinary wealth and prosperity from this system for years.

Bretton Woods is the reason why the US national debt can be nearly $27 trillion (over 100% of GDP) without the dollar collapsing in value.

It’s the reason why the Federal Reserve can conjure trillions of dollars out of thin air and keep interest rates at 0% for years, but still be taken seriously.

Losing this advantage would be nothing short of catastrophic for the US economy.

And continued conflict with China is the one thing that is practically guaranteed to make it happen.

That’s why this trend– conflict with China– could be the biggest thing happening right now.

It’s not as scary as Covid, it’s not as emotional as social justice… but the effects may be permanently devastating.

4 responses to “This is bigger than Covid. But few people are paying attention. By Simon Black

  1. Value is the key to US strength. What is the inherent value of China? What do they really provide to the world? Their culture of Chabaduo, of copying/stealing technology has been a starting point for their economy and much of that has been the doing of foreign know-how.

    As for their military prowess, how does a fledgling capability, granted big in numbers, compete with proven and honed capabilities over many decades. It takes more than a plane, an aircraft carrier or a gun or missle to out do the American military. Fortunately, President Trump has had time to rebuild the damage that Obama did. We still have a long way to go to put the kind of leadership in place that is needed to replace the “war gaming” cry babies saying “we get our asses handed to us!” He needs to get rid of those Obama acolytes and put in some real men who know how to fight and run a military.

    The trail of war preparation is long; from design and manufacturing to training, to support, to supply and resupply during actual combat conditions. The ChiComs talk a good game but they are untested and bloodied. They still, like in Korea, have many bodies to throw around but the quality and strength of their entire “system” is unproven. So I don’t wring my hands with worry. Sure I am concerned but I also know that like any bully, take Nazi Germany, there are many who would form an alliance with the US (which many are already doing) to stand against the aggression of the ChiComs.

    And, just like the media was used against us in the Vietnam war, I don’t blame all Chinese for what is happening, just the Chinese Communist Party, the Chinese people who have barely tasted a bit of the “better” life will be damned to give it up for the power goals of the few and elite in their country. The Party will not be able to control the information flow to their 1.4 billion people from so many directions. Insurgency would be a big winner in my book. Talk about resistance! After years of a one-child policy, how will it play that those boys/men who so much was sacrificed for, daughters aborted, killed in order to have a son, are to be sacrificed at the altar of the Party rather than for the fortunes of the family?

    There are many ways to fight the ChiComs, not just economic. The moves that have been playing out remind me of pre-ww2 Japan and their grab for labor and mineral resources. Their war machine can likewise be cut off. It wouldn’t be quick nor painless but they would find out that those who cherish freedom would fight to the death to preserve that light on this earth, and conquer, again, the forces of evil and tyranny.


  2. marley engvall

    In the forty years following World War II, American propagandists had to maintain the myth of the Russian menace, to justify outlandish expenditures for so-called ‘defense’, and the silencing of domestic critics. When the Soviet Union dissolved, and Russia no longer posed an even remotely credible threat to American hegemony, operation 9/11 was initiated, and the bogeyman of ‘radical Islam’ erected in its place, again, for the maintenance of military-industrial capitalism, and suppression of dissent. Now that this narrative is dead in the water, American corporate slave-state planners are scrambling for some new foreign threat to stir the patriotism and bellicosity of Joe Six-Pack and his butthurt white brethren, lest they finally do what is required of them at this unique moment in history, and unite in righteous fury against the domestic crony capitalist apparatus, the ‘Project for A New American Century’ contingent, which engineered the 9/11 psyop, which, over the last two decades, has engineered one phony crisis after another, up to and including COVID and George Floyd, and by this strategy of constant distraction, divide-and-conquer, seeks to keep them enslaved and isolated.

    When I hear all this noise about China, I think, What about China? China is on the other side of the world. Do Americans truly wish to foul their own environment, work long hours at low wages, producing all the junk that we have come to depend on the global economy to furnish? While the world is at peace, there is no shortage of anything but ‘time’ and ‘money’, in their present manipulated state. Young people, at low-wage, dead-end jobs, can see the infinite potential of the system to be bountiful and fulfilling, as well as the system’s obstinate refusal to allow this potential to be realized. Those within the loving embrace of the active denial system, either by heredity or hypocrisy, can similarly see the moral bankruptcy of the machine that, for them, is infinitely provident. And both groups, understandably, would like to burn the whole thing to the ground. I say go ahead do it, but do it peacefully. Call out the 9/11 terror state at every opportunity, and give the hypocrites and cowards nowhere (rhetorically) to hide.

    China has nothing to do with this.


  3. this virus has been used to create extreme global hysteria and economic devastation.



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