Originally published June 17, 1999: As we head into the 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square and the inevitable orgy of China-bashing, it is well worth rereading Justin Raimondo’s prescient and well-researched article from the 10th anniversary in 1999. 20 years later, it holds up remarkably well.
The burst of good old-fashioned “isolationism” on the Right that followed the implosion of Communism and the end of the Cold War is in danger of sputtering to an abrupt halt. From Pat Buchanan to Gary Bauer to the congressional Republican leadership, just about every political leader and ideologue of a conservative hue has been snookered by a concerted campaign to demonize China as the new Evil Empire. A grand coalition that spans the spectrum, from the AFL-CIO to the American Conservative Union, is beating the drums for war with China.