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Owen Strachan: A Big Loss for LeBron

LeBron James recently made headlines for his comments about China. James argued that when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supported Hong Kong democratic protestors, he was “misinformed.” Morey’s support caused “harm,” James said.

For those paying attention, there’s a revealing hypocrisy here. It’s common today among the left to speak against “immoral capitalism” and to decry unjust politics practiced by supposed American tyrants. Whatever one thinks about America, China is run by an actual tyrannical regime. Free speech doesn’t exist. Dissidents are placed in “re-education” camps.

There’s a reason NBA stars are speaking out for China here. They make tons of money from sneaker sales in China. There are many wonderful elements of the free market—but supporting tyranny to make millions is not one of them.

After the public outcry, LeBron says he’s staying quiet. But the damage is done.

Count this a big loss for LeBron … and the NBA.

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Syria, Turkey, the Kurds and the Specter of Impeachment

Townhall Review – October 12, 2019

Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton discuss Turkey’s intervention in Syria.

Hugh Hewitt and Middle East expert and scholar Michael Rubin talk about President Trump’s decision to reduce troop strength in Syria.

Sebastian Gorka and Fox Sports host Clay Travis talk about the NBA controversial support of China.

Hugh Hewitt and Kristen Waggoner, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, discuss landmark cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dan Proft talks with Margot Cleveland about a Louisiana pro-life law that is now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sebastian Gorka talks with New York Congressmen Lee Zeldin about his impatience with Congressional inaction.

Dan Proft and Douglas Murray, British author, journalist and social critic discuss his recent book, “The Madness of Crowds.”

Mike Gallagher talks with Fred Fleitz, CEO of the Center for Security Policy, about his recent lively exchange with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

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Jerry Bowyer: China Hurts From—and Adjusts to—Tariffs

If the goal of the trade war is to hurt China as we push them to change, it’s working.

China’s economic growth rates are definitely falling. But—as we recently showed on Townhall Finance—the jobs are leaving China, but they’re not coming to the U.S. Jobs are heading to other parts of emerging Asia, often still employed by Chinese-owned companies.

And doesn’t that make sense?

As we slap tariffs on China, markets push supply chains further down the labor scale, not up to high wage America. Markets are highly fluid. Throw a rock in the stream and the water finds its way around it.

For most of human history, China was the world’s economic superpower. The U.S. did not surpass China until we abolished slavery, repealed the war-time income tax and established sound money.

We need to go back to that basic formula, the one that that permitted us to end Chinese dominance in the first place: Universal human dignity, low taxes and sound money.

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Jerry Bowyer: Don’t Be Fooled by the New York Times

The New York Times recently launched a major propaganda campaign under the guise of journalism. What they call “The 1619 Project” begins with this claim: “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation.”

Two problems right there in that first sentence: First: Slavery is not the foundation of American capitalism.

Second: Slavery is the opposite of capitalism. Pro-slavery writers attacked capitalist economics because they recognized that capitalism is the enemy of slavery—calling it the “dismal science.”

Simply put: American wealth is not based on slavery. Quite the opposite.

Slavery slowed innovation to the degree that that slave states were much poorer than non-slave states in the North.

Capitalism starts with the idea that human beings create property, not that they are property. Only when we ended slavery did we surpass China as the largest economy in the world.

Don’t be fooled. Socialism equals slavery. Capitalism equals Freedom.

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Jerry Bowyer: Democrats Are Free-Traders Now

Trump has performed something of a miracle: he’s transformed the Democrats into free traders.

It wasn’t always like this: in fact, for years the Democrats were the party of protectionism. But now, solely because Trump is engaged in a trade war with China, several Democratic candidates for president have become crusaders for free trade.

In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke advocated for the trade policies that used to be the domain of the Republican party. Harris said it bluntly: I’m “not a protectionist.”

Let’s be clear: the only reason this is happening is because of the Trump administration’s attitude towards China. A few years ago, the Democratic party was clearly moving towards protectionism.

This is simply the latest stage in Trump derangement syndrome: Trump is evil, therefore everything he does must be opposed.

So: Even if only for a day, Democrats are free-traders now.

But I’m not buying it.

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Hugh Hewitt: China Needs to See U.S. Resolve

Protests have continued in Hong Kong, even as the territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam formally withdrew from consideration the bill that would have allowed residents of Hong Kong to be extradited to China for criminal trial.

Yet, just a day earlier, China’s President Xi reiterated his call—as the Wall Street Journal reported—“for a determined fight to overcome any risk or challenge that endangers Communist Party leadership or harms China’s sovereignty and security.”

So, who to believe? What should we expect from Beijing regarding Hong Kong? The only certainty is that the People’s Republic of China is playing the proverbial “long game.”

In response, we need a long-haul policy of containment and coexistence, speaking firmly but without provocation.

Beijing is developing another 100-year strategy.

Our response will require doing more than words. It will require ships and submarines, missiles and planes, and a cyber- and space force.

Is the United States really serious?

Xi is watching what we build, not what we say.

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