Those who see fascism emerging under Trump can observe the full modern version in action now in Hong Kong’s contest of protesters with the Chinese government.
In a really weird moment this weekend I found myself agreeing with US Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who in the Wall Street Journal said:
This crisis didn’t begin in Hong Kong and won’t end there. The turmoil is the result of Beijing’s systematic ratcheting up of its domestic oppression and its pursuit of hegemony abroad.”
If you are visiting China for any reason now, take only a burner phone. A mote of stored resistance will see you detained at the airport.
The head of Cathay Pacific just got fired for insufficient ideological enforcement of his staff.
Through it all Xi Jinping may well win the Hong Kong domestic propaganda battle with their full digital messaging control and corporate martial rule, but lose the war pushing western social and MSM opinion toward sympathy with Trump’s trade war against China. Bad, meet worse.
Communism with Chinese characteristics entails unrestrained digital fascism. Plus the PLA camped in a stadium next to Hong Kong ready to go full Tiananmen on their asses.
Hong Kong’s protesters have no face to lose, all to gain across global opinion, and nowhere to go. That’s hundreds of thousands in one place, every week for months, in the biggest anti-fascist uprising we have seen globally in many decades.
This is a critical issue for all supporters of democracy (even where it’s more limited than ours). If Hong Kong’s limited democracy is crunched or fully dissolved, we will see Chinese fascism roll in full force across millions more people, through one of Asia’s most important cities.