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On March 31, the number of Americans dead from Coronavirus stood at 3,900! A mere month on, at the time of writing, 63,801 Americans have perished.

American deaths by COVID account for a fourth of the world’s, including those in the undeveloped world. To ignore this Third-World-like specter is to dismiss the dead and the dying. It’s tantamount to Cancel Culture!

China sucks. But if the United States must rely on the Chinese government to keep its citizens safe, then what kind of a micky-mouse country is it?

If the American people can be convinced by their government to saddle a foreign power with the responsibility for their existential welfare—what kind of people are we?

China didn’t force the traitors of the American economy to shift crucial production lines to its country and strand Americans without surgical and N-95 masks and medication; homegrown turncoats made that decision, all by their lonesome.

Decades ago, the political, corporate and industrial leaders of the West chose to enmesh the fate of their pliable people with that of the vigorous, voracious Chinese.

Like the U.S., another hard-hit region—Northern Italy, so progressive and tony—had swung its tollgates open. Like greedy, northern, Yankee industrialists, Italy outsourced whole production lines to China.

Free trade in goods is great. But trade goods, not places. The tollgates were swung open to human trade, or population replacement.

Since the Chinese had begun settling in Northern Italy and buying up assets, I hazard that, much like youngsters of King County, in Washington State—local Italian girls and boys have had a hard time affording life in their homeland. And now, their grandparents and parents are dying.

Italy constructed gleaming tarmacs to accommodate the many direct flights to and from Wuhan. Over 100,000 citizens from China moved to Italy. As the Chinese accrued wealth over the past two decades, still more took up residence in Northern Italy, and bought-up Italian firms.

See if you can spot the trend. New York City, by Wikipedia’s telling, is home to far and away “the highest Chinese-American population of any city proper.”

Courtesy of an Italian strain of COVID-19, the New York metropolitan area has been as badly struck as Italy. In … early April of 2020, it was said that “coronavirus was killing a person roughly every four minutes in New York state, and about every six minutes in New York City.”

In my state of Washington, the overwhelming majority of Chinese reside in King County and Snohomish County, where the infection was seeded and from where it spread.

The West’s political and corporate leaders, not China’s, had opened their borders to the world’s flotsam and jetsam. Agreements to exchange goods and people reflected the choices of these gilded global elites, not those of their people.

The sphinxly Bill Gates, we are told, foresaw the pandemic. Gates also pioneered the outsourcing of American lives to China (and India). I say “lives,” because, as it has become abundantly clear, in the wake of COVID, the very stuff of life has been outsourced to China. Not mere jobs; but careers, not just some products, but entire production lines; not one or two manufacturing plants, but the means of production.

Engineers who can think hate Mr. Gates. America’s best and brightest have done time supervising and titivating squalid, sub-par Chinese factories, when they knew full well that, instead of cheap, nasty, and disposable, their colleagues back at home could have delivered classy, attractive, durable and sustainable products and production capability, around which real communities would have coalesced.

Instead, Mr. Gates’ vision has given us transient labor that flits between Wuhan and Washington, for, these “global beasts with their vast balance-sheets” aren’t interested in the kind of economic growth around which authentic, organic, enduring communities congregate.

The attitude of American business toward economic growth is rooted not in healthy, community-based practices (stateside and abroad), but in some aberrant economic gigantism; in an economic elephantiasis undergirded by hubris and greed.

Bill Gates, the point-person, the pinhead, who pontificates about pandemic best practices—he was among the powerbrokers who decided, with his benefactors in D.C., that the “new economy” would hum not in America, but in China and India.

And it’s not merely for profit. Tech superstars like Gates are true believers in the borderless multicultural state. These arrogant CEOs and their minions are social-justice warriors, first; giants of industry, second. They are cosmopolitans who believe consumption alone makes the world go round. Community? That’s when you press flesh with George and Amal Clooney, at the World Economic Forum in Davos!

To the gilded globalists, America is not a country to be bounded by strictly controlled borders and to be patrolled and policed against viruses and villains. Rather, Bill Gates’ America is a territory for trade, not a nation.

A “shopping mall with nukes,” as a reader put it.

Whereas China has positioned its cohesive people for success, the American ruling class, Democrat and Republican, have long since sold their countrymen out. It is American leaders, left and right, who’ve convinced their population that Americans are nothing unless strangers are streaming into their country at a rate of 2 million a year, speaking in tongues and inaugurating wet-markets in New York City. This is who we are, they tell us.

No such thing did the Chinese government perpetrate on its people. It doesn’t welcome immigrants; the Chinese don’t want immigrants. Several [Chinese] “women vow to leap off the Great Wall rather than marry a foreigner,” reports the Economist with consternation. Indeed, the Chinese people have no qualms or fear about expressing Han racial superiority, this, as the West embraces a multicultural mess of pottage that is now killing it and consigning us to years of penury.

Stupidity is not a virtue.

ORDER IT NOW

Ironically, and although almost all reinfection in China involves Chinese nationals, “curbs on foreigners are tightening,” and the “border has been shut to most of them.” Conversely, the American travel ban—I hope you know—was nothing more than a rerouting of the Chinese influx to allotted U.S. airports, where thermometers were pointed at foreheads, and tens of thousands of Chinese were sent on their merry way, entrusted to go home and self-quarantine.

The outcome of future pandemics hinges on the American people’s ability to strike fear into the hearts of their leaders, irrespective of party affiliation—a fear that’ll make it impossible for these shiftless characters to shift blame for their failings.

The U.S. government and its proxies would like to gull Americans into blaming China alone for the litany of suffering Americans are enduring.

A free people takes responsibility for its own welfare. Federalism dictates that this ostensibly free people delegate certain responsibilities to the state, national and local. This is what the U.S. Constitution compelled. Defined duties have been delegated to government. Repelling invaders is one of them.

Thus the same free people must saddle their own leaders, in D.C and the CDC, with mass deaths ongoing.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered that China be investigated for concealing “information early on about the novel coronavirus.”

Fine. I’m not here saying there is no merit in the allegation or the investigation. Just so long as Americans understand that government committees are where accountability goes to die.

Governments create committees to conceal their own culpability.

So long as Americans know that the Chinese will continue to settle this country by the thousands, while their relatives back in China supply Americans with essential goods.

So long as Americans know that the U.S. State and its corporate cronies do not intend to repatriate life-sustaining supply chains.

Hate on the Chinese government if you wish, but hold your own government responsible for hollowing America out like a husk by inviting the word to invade it and infect it.

Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian column since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Facebook & Gab. Latest on YouTube

 
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  1. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered that China be investigated for concealing “information early on about the novel coronavirus.”

    Fine. I’m not here saying there is no merit in the allegation or the investigation. Just so long as Americans understand that government committees are where accountability goes to die.

    Governments create committees to conceal their own culpability.

    Perhaps by scapegoating others?

    China sucks.

    Exceptional!

    • Agree: Realist
  2. “Hate on the Chinese government if you wish, but hold your own government responsible for hollowing America out like a husk by inviting the word to invade it and infect it.”

    Alas, holding our government responsible is not something a majority of Americans ever do.

  3. Trinity says:

    Who has a HISTORY OF STABBING AMERICA IN THE BACK?

    • Replies: @Mark Hunter
  4. SafeNow says:

    As I have posted before, here in Southern California our Chinese migrants have offset (alas only partially) the unraveling that has resulted from the invasion from the south. Our Chinese migrants are industrious, proficient, smart, and decent. The U.S. policy toward China, and the Chinese government, have been deplorable and disastrous. But as far as Chinese-Americans go, here in California I welcome their contributions and influence. America 2.0 = an amalgam of Brazil, Mexico, S. Africa, and Idiocracy, but this unraveling not come from my fastidious, conscientious, smart, Chinese-American doc or seamstress.

  5. Realist says:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered that China be investigated for concealing “information early on about the novel coronavirus.”

    Pompeo is a war mongering dick wad. He and his fellow Evangelicals are hoping for End Times…the Rapture and he is a strong supporter of IFCJ

  6. wesmouch says:

    Fair play, high trust, equal justice are Western European constructs not shared by the Chinese, Jews, Indians and other third World flotsam. When the white people are in the minority those ideals will be thrown out the window. You don’t want to be a black in South Africa, a Muslim in Israel or a Christian in China,

  7. wesmouch says:
    @SafeNow

    I get it
    Chinese = good
    Mexican = bad

    • Replies: @Weston Waroda
  8. @wesmouch

    The a priori assumption regarding immigrants in the essay, without any acknowledged sense of irony is:

    Chinese=bad
    South Africans=good

  9. Mark Hunter says: • Website

    Ilana,

    Great article, one of your best.

    (I had to look up “titivate.” To titivate something means to spruce it up.)

  10. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @Trinity

    There are many exceptions who have done far more to fight open borders and Globalism than “Trinity” ever will.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  11. antibeast says:

    This article is based on “fake news”, to wit: https://www.rebellionresearch.com/blog/northern-italy-wuhan-partners-for-better-or-worse

    Northern Italy has a very prosperous fashion and apparel industry. Many of the most famous brands around the world from Gucci to Prada originated in the region. As China has offered cheaper manufacturing for their apparel factories, more and more Italian fashion houses have outsourced work to China, and specifically to Wuhan.

    Wenzhou not Wuhan is the Chinese city known for its textile trade where Chinese immigrants to Italy come from. Wuhan is not known for its textile trade and hardly any Chinese immigrants from Wuhan live in Italy. This is “fake news”!

    Decades ago, the political, corporate and industrial leaders of the West chose to enmesh the fate of their pliable people with that of the vigorous, voracious Chinese.

    Like the U.S., another hard-hit region—Northern Italy, so progressive and tony—had swung its tollgates open. Like greedy, northern, Yankee industrialists, Italy outsourced whole production lines to China.

    Italy constructed gleaming tarmacs to accommodate the many direct flights to and from Wuhan. Over 100,000 citizens from China moved to Italy. As the Chinese accrued wealth over the past two decades, still more took up residence in Northern Italy, and bought-up Italian firms.

    This is the second article here on UNZ.com which confuses Wuhan with Wenzhou, the latter known for its textile trade. Most Chinese immigrants from Wenzhou live in Milan, Lombardy and Prato, Florence, neither of which were as hard hit as the small towns such as Bergamo, Cogdono, Padua in Northern Italy. Wuhan is in Hubei province while Wenzhou is in Zhejiang province.

    See if you can spot the trend. New York City, by Wikipedia’s telling, is home to far and away “the highest Chinese-American population of any city proper.”

    This author is race-baiting again. The San Francisco Bay Area has the highest Chinese-American population of any metropolitan/suburban region in the USA. Yet the SF Bay Area has only 10% of NYC’s Covid-19 cases which has same strain as Italy. The USA West Coast has a different strain from those in NYC. Both the USA West Coast and NYC have different strains than those in Wuhan.

    Richmond, British Columbia which has the highest density of Chinese-Canadians has the lowest rate of Covid-19 infections in all of Canada.

    Courtesy of an Italian strain of COVID-19, the New York metropolitan area has been as badly struck as Italy. In … early April of 2020, it was said that “coronavirus was killing a person roughly every four minutes in New York state, and about every six minutes in New York City.”

    The Italian strain of Covid-19 has a different strain than in Wuhan.

    This article is a sloppy piece of race-baiting BS.

    • Disagree: Joseph Doaks
  12. @SafeNow

    I suspect the “fastidous, conscientious, smart Chinese-Americans” have already taken your measure and found you wanting, round-eyes. They regard you as no better than the America 2.0 that you deplore.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  13. Franz says:

    …the very stuff of life has been outsourced to China. Not mere jobs; but careers, not just some products, but entire production lines; not one or two manufacturing plants, but the means of production.

    And where production goes in the future.

    As we tried to argue with the globos in the 90s, a state-of-the-art industrial complex comes to pass, not to stay. As new techniques and more advanced products arise, the old factories upgrade and rebuild, moving forward far beyond where it was when it left these shores.

    American industry was on life support since the oil shocks of the 70s, with a few exceptions. But capital expenditure was sacrificed for massive bonus, severance packages and stock options for a few, while production workers were stiffed as the cost of living rose.

    The USA has lost two generations to industrial progress. What those generations did not get others did. A crash re-industrial program could save us, but it would have to be as aggressive as any other sort of war. And I see no sign any US politician would have the stones to go up against the international bankers to do that.

    And it would be like that: Think Germany, 1933. Any American endeavor along those lines would be treated the way it was then. We have no allies in this.

  14. Trinity says:
    @Mark Hunter

    And Israel isn’t one of them. Oh sure, Israel massacres unarmed Palestinians that protest the racist apartheid state of Israel, but Jews in the West OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT OPEN BORDERS FOR TRADITIONALLY WHITE NATIONS.

    We can all CLEARLY SEE the hypocrisy can we not? Or are you/we that blind? We surely know that it was Jews like Joe Slovo and others who led the anti-apartheid movements against South Africa and the boycott South Africa movements back in the day, but yet these same Jews seek to criminalize any criticism or boycotting of Israel. Can you say HYPOCRITES and DOUBLE STANDARDS? And lets be real here, the atrocities being committed by Israelis against Palestinians are far worse than separate restrooms for Whites and Blacks.

    Maybe you should try answering my question because I have no idea why you brought up open borders and (((Globalism.)))

  15. The same people who let you , Malkin, and Derbyshire immigrate here. Mass deportations should start with you three.

    • Troll: Mark Hunter
    • Replies: @Weston Waroda
  16. Corvinus says:
    @Diversity Heretic

    You are projecting your own insecurities of the “slants”.

  17. @antibeast

    Congratulations on actually knowing something. Unlike Ilana Mercer, most of the writers on here, and most of the commentators. I think China-baiters are all paid trolls to a man.

  18. @antibeast

    This article is a sloppy piece of race-baiting BS.

    Indeed. However, the elephant in the room is 5G.
    http://www.radiationdangers.com/5g/study-shows-direct-correlation-between-5g-networks-and-coronavirus-outbreaks-2/

    As I have long said, virtually all of the immigrants I have met are nice people. However, that is irrelevant. The issue is why are they here? We already have people unemployed. The excuse is that they will do jobs that we “won’t do”. That is half correct. We won’t do them for the shitty wages and lousy working conditions being offered. If you were paying $30 an hour to mall cleaning staff, do you think you’d have a difficult time finding someone born locally? The other favourite excuse is “skills”. What that really says, is that citizens are too stupid to do the job. If it isn’t that, then the educational system is incompetent. Take your pick.
    I really don’t care about the source of immigration, just that it stop until every citizen has a job, if he/she wants one.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  19. @Chris Mallory

    When immigrants write anti-immigrant rants, it’s beyond cringeworthy. Malkin at least is a birthright citizen.

    • Replies: @Mark Hunter
  20. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @Weston Waroda

    Peter Brimelow is cringeworthy?  In fact he is an immigrant doing a job few Americans will do, LOL.

    I like Ilana, a lot.

    • Replies: @Weston Waroda
  21. The globalists usually refer to the 18th century economist David Ricardo. He pleaded für free trade between nations with the following example: Portugal should produce wine and export it to England, and Engaland should produce textiles and export them to Portugal. That was better for both countries than producing both goods on their own. Wages in Portugal were much lower than in England. But he never proposed that a textile industry should be built up in Portugal with English capital and export its products io England, nor that Potuguese workers should be imported to England to work in the English textile industry.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes
  22. @Mark Hunter

    I didn’t say that anyone is cringeworthy, I said what some people write is cringeworthy. Immigrants writing against immigration would be better off to just recuse themselves. They don’t have the standing to argue their case in the first place, although obviously they are going to do whatever they want. In this case, for instance, it is difficult to see how Ilana Mercer, an immigrant herself, is not making an argument against immigration that basically comes down to race. This particular piece fits into the larger context of Pacific Northwest anti-Chinese propaganda and violence, a long history.

    • Disagree: Mark Hunter, Joseph Doaks
  23. “…hold your own government responsible for hollowing America out like a husk by inviting the wor(l?)d to invade it and infect it….”

    Indeed I do. After all, Trump has invited the foreign virus that is the Israel First lobby to utterly infect and dominate the foreign, defence and domestic policy body of the United States and its own interests.

    China would never let king bibi commandeer their country. Americans should learn from them.

    • Replies: @Trinity
  24. anon[191] • Disclaimer says:

    For the past 40 years Bill Gates has been portrayed by the media as a harmless well-meaning nerd and family man, while Steve Jobs has been portrayed as an evil, cocaine snorting genius, who abandoned his offspring and was impossible to work with but had the talent to see a product through to success. It now looks like the opposite is true with Bill Gates being the Silicon Satan and not so much Jobs. Who would’ve thought that “harmless” nerd, Bill Gates, who most parents would’ve felt totally at ease taking out their daughter on a date to the computer museum, would end up to be the pusher of strange viruses and their sinister “cures” all coupled with vailed plans to cut down the world’s population to 1/10th of the present day.

  25. FIRST came the debt-bombing, money-manufacturing Jews…

    who bought the political class and the CEO’s.

    THEN came “free trade”, open-borders, and the Chinks.

  26. Trinity says:
    @thereandhere

    Who do you think brought (((communism))) to China? Do you have any idea how many Chinese volunteered to serve in the Cheka during the (((Bolshevik))) takeover of Russia? Get real. The (((usual suspects))) have planted seeds in China decades ago, and China will be the go to nation after the American cow is out of milk. The Chinese are a very compliant and robotic breed of people and they will soon be indoctrinated to hate Sino-Supremacism, that multiculturalism and “diversity is our greatest strength,” “anti-Semitism” is bad, yada, yada, yada…….

  27. sameyoldy says:

    Hmm, funny how one of the first sources for the “wuhan bioweapon lab” story was an Israeli “expert” who provided no proof. This was the same clown who had tried to suggest (way back when) that the anthrax envelopes mailed to Congress came from Uncle Saddam.

    Coronavirus may have originated in lab linked to China’s biowarfare program
    By Bill Gertz – The Washington Times – Sunday, January 26, 2020

    Radio Free Asia last week rebroadcast a Wuhan television report from 2015 showing China’s most advanced virus research laboratory, known the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The laboratory is the only declared site in China capable of working with deadly viruses.

    Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese biological warfare, said the institute is linked to Beijing’s covert bio-weapons program.

    • Thanks: Trinity
  28. Dear Mercer, aren’t you a Jew? I thought a Jew might have not written such stuff given your people’s history.

    You are just wonderful. In a brief moment in the long history of human civilization your people got a few decades now that you do not share the same experiences and feelings from your ancestors, you immediately forget all that.

  29. “The outcome of future pandemics hinges on the American people’s ability to strike fear into the hearts of their leaders, irrespective of party affiliation—a fear that’ll make it impossible for these shiftless characters to shift blame for their failings.”

    Armed citizens occupied the State Capitol building in Lansing, MI. The governor wore a bullet proof vest and a mask while sitting at her desk.

    Until a nation’s leaders face the very real prospect of rough justice at the hands of their nation’s citizens, they will ignore and abuse them.

    Says Yahoo News, ”But the implicit threat of bringing weapons of war and mass murder into any legislative center fits the definition of political terrorism. Both because of their guns and their disregard for their safety protocols of the pandemic, the Michigan militia men forced the public and legislators alike to choose between physical safety and political agency.”

    In the first place, bearing weapons is a right enshrined in the Constitution, it’s not “political terrorism” per se. And what does “choose[ing] between physical safety and political agency” mean? Did the citizens who bore arms threaten the legislators? No. But the legislators, for the first time in their mendacious, mediocre careers, faced the prospect of being held accountable—existentially accountable—for their deeds—and that terrified them. To be called out, made to stand trial before a tribunal of outraged citizens whom they can’t ignore; our legislators find that unacceptable.

    Bully for the armed citizens.

    The difference between now and then; in 1965, every citizen’s phone number and street address was freely available in the community white pages. Today, our leaders hide their addresses and phone numbers. This says it all.

    Steve Sailer disagrees with me on this. He has withheld comments in which I had said that some citizen-induced fear in our politicians and civic leaders is a good thing. But as it stands today, the relationship is entirely asymmetric. They hold all the cards, have all the information and all the power. How is it not a good thing to level the playing field?

  30. One correction –

    ‘ Conversely, the American travel ban—I hope you know—was nothing more than a rerouting of the Chinese influx to allotted U.S. airports, where thermometers were pointed at foreheads, and tens of thousands of Chinese were sent on their merry way, entrusted to go home and self-quarantine.’

    There were almost no thermometers at most airports in the USA even after #ForrestTrump tried to stop flights from China at the end of January.

  31. @antibeast

    I think Ms Mercer has written a fairly good article. Her essential point is that it’s disgraceful for the US to shift all the blame to China (Cov19) given US actions re off-shoring etc over the last 40 years.
    On Chinese immigration she is on shakier ground. The Chinese do tend to make good citizens in their adopted countries (which is not to say that they don’t exploit their new countries… as enthusiasticly as any native)
    The essential point with immigration is sheer numbers. The US, like Australia have simply been taking in too many people too quickly. It causes economic & social distortion (inflated property values etc).
    Immigration is a different issue to the US’s grotesquely slow & incompetent shutting down of its borders to slow viral out break. Shutting borders is THE # 1 first step in contagious disease control.

    • Replies: @antibeast
    , @antibeast
  32. oneworld says:

    This from a Jewish immigrant from South Africa? Chutzpah defined!

  33. So where was this mysterious “United States” located, that this “world” place was able to find where it was lurking and sneak in to infect it? Couldn’t be on the same planet, could it? Heck, that would make us just like everyone else, and that will never do.

  34. antibeast says:
    @animalogic

    I think Ms Mercer has written a fairly good article. Her essential point is that it’s disgraceful for the US to shift all the blame to China (Cov19) given US actions re off-shoring etc over the last 40 years.

    She was trying to paint Chinese immigrants as the vectors of transmission responsible for the viral pandemic in Italy by using “fake news”: 1) that supposedly there were direct flights from Wuhan to Milan which brought Chinese immigrants with Covid-19 virus to Northern Italy; and 2) that these Chinese immigrants who work in the garment industry supposedly came from Wuhan where Italian factories supposedly outsourced their garment production to China.

    Both of those suppositions are false because Wuhan is an inland city known as the transportation and distribution hub of Central China. There are no direct flights between Wuhan and Milan. And there are hardly any Chinese immigrants from Wuhan working in the garment industries in Milan and Prato. Here’s what I found on quora: https://www.quora.com/Are-there-normally-direct-flights-between-Wuhan-and-Northern-Italy-Why

    Before the epidemic, China Southern operated a flight from Wuhan to Rome, while Air China had flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Milan. For some strange reason I always thought that there was a direct WUH-MXP (Milan) flight too, but I guess I was wrong about it.

    I never flew any of those flights, but I was once on a CDG-WUH (Paris-Wuhan) flight, by Air France, a few years ago. The flight was pretty full; the overwhelming majority of the passengers appeared to be middle-class Chinese people, probably mostly returning home from tourist trips to Europe. I am guessing that a Rome-Wuhan flight is similar, and if there ever was a direct flight from Milan, it would have been similar as well. There are of course also a fair number of Chinese students and expats studying or working in Europe, and some Chinese immigrant community in Italy (although I think most of them are from places like Wenzhou — a garment industry center —, rather than from Wuhan, which is more known for its heavy industries and optoelectronics).

    Wuhan has never been a major destination for foreign tourists in China, so the number of foreigners (meaning, people not from China) on Wuhan-bound international flights is usually fairly small. Quite different from flights from overseas to greater hubs such as PEK or PVG, or (probably) from flights to the more touristy places like Kunming as well.

    So there you have it.

    On Chinese immigration she is on shakier ground. The Chinese do tend to make good citizens in their adopted countries (which is not to say that they don’t exploit their new countries… as enthusiasticly as any native)

    Yes, she’s completely ignorant of topics for which she knows nothing about such as Chinese immigration to the USA. She assumed incorrectly that those Chinese immigrants must have come from Wuhan, just like those in Italy. Chinese immigrants in the US West Coast are mostly from Guangdong while those in the US East Coast are mostly from Fujian as both Guangdong and Fujian are coastal provinces with a long history of Chinese emigration. But inland cities like Wuhan just like most of mainland China do NOT have a history of emigration. That’s why if you go to HK, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, you will see that most of the Overseas Chinese living there trace their ancestry to Guangdong and Fujian.

    Not knowing these simple facts, Ms. Mercer then proceeded with her incorrect premise to come up with her false conclusion that Chinese immigrants from Wuhan spread the virus to Northern Italy as well as the US East Coast which somehow supports her thesis that immigrants supposedly infected America.

    The essential point with immigration is sheer numbers. The US, like Australia have simply been taking in too many people too quickly. It causes economic & social distortion (inflated property values etc). Immigration is a different issue to the US’s grotesquely slow & incompetent shutting down of its borders to slow viral out break. Shutting borders is THE # 1 first step in contagious disease control.

    What is relevant here is international travel and how it impacts the decision of public health authorities in responding to viral pandemics. Should public health authorities ban international travel at the onset of viral pandemics? Should arriving or departing passengers be tested, screened and quarantined? Who should handle the responsibility for testing, screening and quarantining?

    Immigration is a totally different issue because it affects the social cohesion of the host country but is completely irrelevant to the public health issue of containing viral pandemics because most international travel are done by tourists and business travelers, not immigrants. Immigrants hardly travel to their countries of origin unless they want to visit their families or relatives, which only occur one or twice a year, during holiday seasons.

    So what is the point of this race-baiting BS article?

    • Replies: @anonymous
  35. The outcome of future pandemics hinges on the American people’s ability to strike fear into the hearts of their leaders, irrespective of party affiliation—a fear that’ll make it impossible for these shiftless characters to shift blame for their failings.

    Precisely why every major and minor US department and agency has its own version of SWAT teams.

  36. antibeast says:
    @animalogic

    And to support my counter-argument that Chinese immigrants are NOT the vector of viral transmission in North America, here’s an article with the Covid-19 infection rates in Canada:

    https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3082232/secret-covid-19-rate-richmond-canadas-most-chinese

    Amid a spike in anti-Asian incidents in British Columbia during the coronavirus pandemic – from slurs to the assault of a 92-year-old man – Canada’s most Chinese city is defying racist stereotypes conflating ethnicity with the illness. In Richmond, where 54 per cent of the population claims Chinese heritage, the rate of confirmed Covid-19 cases appears to be less than one-third the rate in the rest of Canada, and only about half that in neighbouring Vancouver. BC health officials have tried to keep secret the Covid-19 prevalence in municipalities, citing the risk of stigmatisation in hard-hit places, or a false sense of security in others.

    The same case can be made for California cities which have much higher percentages of Chinese immigrants but much lower Covid-19 infection rates than the US East Coast.

  37. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @antibeast

    So what is the point of this race-baiting BS article?

    Ms. Mercer wants to keep an adoring audience happy, but she’s still trying to figure out what they want to hear. A few columns back she dabbled in the cheap, Chinadidit smears (“Kung Flu”), but apparently she now sees a tonier place for herself as “this Libertarian,” etc. She’s pretty smart, understanding that the provenance and seriousness of the virus(es) has yet to be determined, but it’s publish or perish. So exit strategy has to be worked in, too, which explains the cryptic padding and consequent reader bewilderment.

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    , @antibeast
  38. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @anonymous

    There’s no contradiction between  “China did it”  and  “the U.S. government enabled the doing.”

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  39. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Hunter

    I don’t think that has much to do with my comment.

    But if you think that was what Ms. Mercer was trying to say, please lay the theory out more clearly. And then maybe we’ll see whether and where she plants her feet.

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  40. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @anonymous

    That anonymous[245] does not understand is a statement about him, not the article. If he can’t understand simple English I’m not going to teach him.

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  41. antibeast says:
    @anonymous

    Methinks she’s trying to pander to the anti-Chinese racism of White America in order to become more acceptable to White Americans. She’s trying really hard to self-aggrandize herself at the expense of an insignificant community of ethnic immigrants whose marginalized status renders them specially vulnerable to populist demagogues. But even Trump, Navarro, Bannon, Cotton, Cruz, Rubio, et al, didn’t go this far, being careful enough to distinguish between 1). Chinese immigrants who are legal residents and/or naturalized citizens of the USA, and 2). the foreign government of the foreign State called the PRC. And to make it worse, she’s using “fake news” to make her case against ALL immigrants which includes herself. Immigrants don’t cause viral pandemics because they settle permanently in their host countries which means ipso facto that they don’t do much traveling.

  42. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Hunter

    OK, I read the column again with your distinction in mind. By “the U.S. government enabled the doing” you — and Ms. Mercer — mean not the provenance of the virus(es) as such, but investing in China and allowing Chinese people immigrate. I’ve been commenting on several threads about the rampant Chinadiditry here in Exceptionalia, and have in this case conflated its strains.

    But now back to the comments about scapegoating, including my #1 and that of antibeast (#35) which brought the two of us into this discussion. You might read the column again, too, and consider whether two primary objectives are to secure the Chinadidit narrative and rile readers up by thinking of “vigorous, voracious Chinese” as other than people like themselves. That’s where her “wet markets” and “squalid, sub-par Chinese factories” makimg “cheap, nasty, and disposable” stuff come into play, although she classes it up impressing you with “titivate.”

  43. Corvinus says:

    To the author of this piece…

    “If the American people can be convinced by their government to saddle a foreign power with the responsibility for their existential welfare—what kind of people are we?

    It really bothers you that white people are making their own decisions about race, culture, and Covid-19. Assuredly, it originated in China. For those people who believe it was a bio-weapon developed by China, or the U.S., or Israel, that would be wide speculation posing as “fact” or “truth”.

    “China didn’t force the traitors of the American economy to shift crucial production lines to its country and strand Americans without surgical and N-95 masks and medication; homegrown turncoats made that decision, all by their lonesome.”

    You really should NOTICE.

    It would be nice if Trump took ownership for his own screw-ups.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/04/19/report-americans-at-world-health-organization-told-trump-administration-about-coronavirus-late-last-year/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

    It would be nice if our own corporations were not profiting while our own people #DieForTheDow.

    https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-medical-supplies-export

    It would be nice if Trump did not have the federal government compete with state governments for those limited domestic supplies.

    https://www.boston.com/news/politics/2020/03/26/charlie-baker-trump-administration-medical-supplies

    “It is American leaders, left and right, who’ve convinced their population that Americans are nothing unless strangers are streaming into their country at a rate of 2 million a year, speaking in tongues and inaugurating wet-markets in New York City. This is who we are, they tell us.”

    I would venture to say that normies generally do not take hold of this “population replacement” theory. But, for the sake of argument, let’s dig a bit deeper here on that point. You do realize that **nativists, aka WASPS, aka Heritage Americans**, believed that their own existence was being jeopardized in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s by waves of alien peoples (see Eastern/Southern Europe). Is your own heritage of Italian, Greek, Russian, or Polish stock, for example? If yes, well, your ancestors were other than welcome here. Why, you may ask? They were other than capable of understanding the values of “western peoples”, according to nativist propaganda of the time period.

    Would you be of the mindset that they** were correct in their assessment? Why?

    As far as wet markets are concerned…

    https://thehill.com/changing-america/enrichment/arts-culture/494004-celeb-activists-call-for-america-to-close-live

    There is still no proven link between COVID-19 and these markets. The novel coronavirus originated in bats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says the similarity between the virus in U.S. and Chinese patients suggests the virus came from a single animal reservoir. But it is still unclear whether that reservoir was sold at the Huanan market, or any wet market at all. One paper by Chinese researchers notes the first COVID-19 patient had no reported link to the seafood market, in addition to 12 more of the first 41 hospitalized patients. Others have suggested that the virus could have been brought into the market by someone who had contracted it elsewhere and spread from there. Meanwhile, in the United States, wet markets are still operating. In New York City, where there have been almost 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, there are about 80 wet markets, according to Slaughter Free NYC. Now animal rights activists are joining the chorus of voices calling for the markets to be closed.

  44. Mark Hunter says: • Website

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded coronavirus research in Wuhan to make more virulent viruses — Newsweek.  This is absolutely insane, and a prime illustration of the point of Ilana Mercer’s article.  Everyone involved with this at NIH – Fauci and his cohorts – ought to be tried for mass manslaughter.

    We do need to examine the U.S. government at least at the same time as China if not before.

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    , @Mark Hunter
  45. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mark Hunter

    … and a prime illustration of the point of Ilana Mercer’s article.

    I don’t think so. Find in this column or any of her others a demand that Uncle Sam’s role should be examined. Look again at what she said here:

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered that China be investigated for concealing “information early on about the novel coronavirus.”

    Fine. I’m not here saying there is no merit in the allegation or the investigation. Just so long as Americans understand that government committees are where accountability goes to die.

    Governments create committees to conceal their own culpability.

    The Pompeo “order” is “that China be investigated.” China, alone. Which is why I asked (#1), “Perhaps by scapegoating others?” No response.

    Like her all you want, but your Ilana is … Exceptional!

  46. SOLO says:

    Last paragraph needs editing.

  47. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @Mark Hunter

    2015 Scientific Paper Proves US & Chinese Scientists Collaborated to Create Coronavirus that Can Infect Humans
    by Dr. Peter Breggin

    Paraphrasing the gist of it:

    In 2015, American and Chinese researchers collaborated to transform an animal coronavirus into one that can attack humans. Scientists from the University of North Carolina, the Harvard Medical School and the US Food and Drug Administration worked directly with researchers from Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Funding was provided by the Chinese and US governments. The team succeeded in modifying a bat coronavirus to make it capable of infecting humans.

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  48. antibeast says:
    @Mark Hunter

    In 2015, American and Chinese researchers collaborated to transform an animal coronavirus into one that can attack humans. Scientists from the University of North Carolina, the Harvard Medical School and the US Food and Drug Administration worked directly with researchers from Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Funding was provided by the Chinese and US governments. The team succeeded in modifying a bat coronavirus to make it capable of infecting humans.

    Both US and Chinese scientists did perform “Gain-of-Function” research to spike the bat coronavirus to make it capable of infecting humans. But that in and of itself doesn’t mean the Covid-19 virus came from the Wuhan lab because it’s not the same as the ones they’ve created. Nor does it imply that the Covid-19 virus is man-made as proven by the SARS virus which was traced to an animal coronavirus found in civet cats, which later mutated to be able to infect humans.

    So what is your point?

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