Saturday, June 6, 2020

Virgil: Five Takeaways from Capitalism’s Kowtow to China

We’ve learned a lot from the National Basketball Association’s kowtow to the People’s Republic of China.

Here are five takeaways.

First, capitalism is loyal to no country.

Mitch Albom, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, aptly headlined his October 13 piece, “Price for the NBA in China? Its soul.” Albom added, China continues to seduce American businesses. But we’re starting to see the real price of all those billions.”

Then there’s the NBA’s leading player, LeBron James, who should forever be remembered as the man kneeling in that photo that ran atop the Drudge Report on October 15; the caption: “LeBron Bows to Communists.” James has proven himself to be as supine and spineless as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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A float featuring the communist hammer and sickle is seen during a parade to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, at Tiananmen Square on October 1, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Andrea Verdelli/Getty Images)

If we learn from our history, we will know that even when the situation seems dire, there’s always hope. Still, today, we can’t kid ourselves about the challenge ahead: We’re in an epic contest with China, and while we must hope and pray that it stays cold, we must realize that it could get hot.

In the meantime, as we gather our strength, patriotic and freedom-loving Americans need to make sure that top athletes, big sports leagues, and giant corporations are on our side. As of now, there’s no reason to think that they are.


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