Greg Gutfeld: Chivalry is dead and probably killed by a guy let out of jail by Democrats

By Greg Gutfeld We’ve lowered the bar for behavior. It went from a low bar to no bar. To headlines like: “Man or woman beat to death in a bar.” Leaving society fubar. …read more

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Universalism and Great Power Competition

By Micah Meadowcroft

It is tempting to confuse realism in foreign policy with a certain kind of materialism. National interest becomes defined in basic economic terms, territory reduced to access to resources or cost of capture, and strength something measured only in force structure and weaponry.

This flattens another very real side of human nature, one expressed in religion, ideology, patriotism, and spirit, all of which can and do contribute to the objectives, threat assessments, and affinities that make up any particular international order. Free men have long said, Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori: “it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country”—or religion, or tribe, or little plot of land.

The United States, thus, cannot change the behavior of other actors on the international stage with purely material means, since those actors do not respond to a purely material reality. To shift the global dynamic we must also shift the order that we currently lead, and to do that we must amend the character of that order. In concrete terms, if Americans want Russia’s help in counterbalancing a rising China, we cannot simply restrain NATO expansion or rearrange our force structure to make the Kremlin see we are no longer its larger threat, that the more immediate danger lies in the orient. We must also reform the spirit of our foreign policy, and limit the missionary zeal with which our country’s liberalism is proclaimed unto the nations.

While there are plenty of recent real-life examples of the spiritual side of human life confounding the calculations of the vainly separated material—the triumph of the Taliban, with its wild images of ice cream parties, dancing, trampolines, and bumper cars come to mind—I am also left thinking about realistic assessments of the human soul in light of this last week’s “Christianity and National Security Conference,” put on by Providence magazine, a publication of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

In Thursday remarks at the conference, which was largely attended by groups of students from various Christian colleges across the country, Elbridge Colby, principal at the Marathon Initiative, presented his case for countering China now rather than later. Colby’s work is, in more academic terms, focused on American strategy in a multipolar future of great power competition, but in practical terms that means China. Colby wants an all-hands-on-deck response to the Middle Kingdom, with Taiwan and India and Japan all pulling their weight. During the question and answer period, a student asked about Russia’s place in the rivalry that Colby believes defines this century. Shouldn’t we in the United States want Russia’s help in countering a strengthening China, too? Of course, Colby said, but to do that Russia must consider China a more important rival than the United States.

On Friday, Jon Askonas, a political science professor at the Catholic University of America but who like myself happens to be Anglican, presented on the Church of England’s influence on statecraft. The British Empire, Askonas reminded the audience, was an Anglican one, and so characterized …read more

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China’s Vain Struggle for Covid Zero

By Bradley Devlin

In pursuit of the mythical Covid zero, China is now pushing vaccines on children as young as three years old.

Thus far, China has administered more than 2.2 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines—almost three times more than India, the country that has doled out the second most Covid jabs. More than 70 percent of China’s 1.4 billion population is fully vaccinated. China’s two most widely used Covid-19 vaccines, the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, were approved for use in children from ages three to 17 over the summer; however, China has been somewhat hesitant to vaccinate children under the age of 12—until now, as Covid cases have slightly increased.

China created the now ubiquitous formula of locking down, quarantining, testing, and restricting travel in order to control the spread of Covid-19, implementing it on a much larger scale and with much harsher penalties than Western governments. But don’t rule out the possibility that many politicians and health officials in the West wish they could exert that level of control—see Australia, for example. Almost since the beginning of America’s pandemic response, the corporate media has lauded China for purportedly stopping the spread of the virus through these extreme measures. One New York Times opinion—granted, by Thomas Friedman—was even headlined, “China Got Better. We Got Sicker. Thanks, Trump.”

Like Western governments, vaccinating large swaths of its population has also been a key element of China’s path back to normal. China’s current vaccine push aims to prevent the spread of Delta and other Covid-19 variants, particularly in regions such as Gansu and Inner Mongolia, which have recently experienced outbreaks. In Gansu, the Chinese government ordered the closure of all tourist sites, on which the province’s economy largely depends, to stamp out a Covid-19 outbreak Monday. Four of the 35 new Covid-19 cases detected in a 24 hour span prior to the closure were from Gansu. Another 19 were from the Inner Mongolia region, which led to stay at home orders for some of the region’s inhabitants.

To get to their current level of vaccinations, Chinese health care workers went door to door in some areas to inoculate people—and they weren’t exactly asking for permission to do so. The Chinese government has also deployed vaccination busses in residential areas and sent health workers into rural areas, where they could be seen giving farmers the jab as they toiled in the fields.

In July, the CCP began telling municipal and provincial governments to make their messaging more forceful. A month later, citizens in at least a dozen Chinese cities were warned that they could face punishment if they were responsible for causing a Covid-19 outbreak by not getting the vaccine. In the Hubei Province, officials said that those who refused vaccines could see a drop in their personal credit score, the ubiquitous surveillance system that punishes noncompliant Chinese citizens by restricting employment prospects, travel opportunities, healthcare access, and even internet …read more

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Tammy Bruce: Washington Post turns to victim shaming in Virginia high school rape case

By Tammy Bruce In an absolutely vile turn of events, if you were to read the Washington Post’s coverage of a Virginia high school girl’s rape, you would think you had been dragged by your hair back to the 1950s. …read more

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Christopher Rufo: AT&T’s racial reeducation promotes idea that ‘racism is a uniquely white trait’

By Christopher Rufo AT&T is another Fortune 100 company that has succumbed to the latest fad: corporate “diversity and inclusion” programming that traffics in the ugly concepts of race essentialism and collective guilt. …read more

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Hans von Spakovsky​: DHS’ Mayorkas makes jobs for illegal aliens a priority over US workers and the law

By Hans von Spakovsky The directive by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on the employment of illegal aliens demonstrates his contempt for both the rule of law and the well-being of American workers. …read more

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