Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

The Cheese in the Trap: When Will the Populist Right Join the War Party?

Posted by M. C. on March 25, 2022

Meanwhile, the populist Right’s narrative on China has infiltrated independent media. Figures like Tim PoolJoe RoganSteven CrowderBen ShapiroLex FridmanSaagar EnjetiJack PosobiecThe Young Turks, and many others, push the same narratives about China that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene did in her statement. Why are these figures trying so hard to convince Americans that their enemy is not the politicians controlling their lives, but instead is a regional power on the other side of the globe?

by Patrick Macfarlane

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On Wednesday, March 13, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene released a statement on the war in Ukraine.

As the White House is purposely prolonging the conflict, risking a wider war, Greene’s statement is praiseworthy and needed.

She condemned weapons shipments to Ukraine, decried the establishment of a no-fly zone, and warned of the real risk of nuclear war with Russia. She criticized America’s long, pointless wars in the Middle East. She spoke against sanctions that would prevent Russia from exporting fertilizer, grains, and energy and warned these measures will push Russia closer to China. She called for a declaration that Ukraine will never join NATO. She said that the U.S. must broker peace talks between Ukraine and Russia. She even mentioned the American role in the 2014 Maidan Revolution.

There is much to like about what she said. But at the same time, her statement contained many hawkish narratives that have become synonymous with the populist Right, mainly, that:

  • Joe Biden is weak (if only he were more aggressive, we wouldn’t be in this mess)
  • U.S. involvement in Ukraine plays into China’s hands (the 21st Century is defined by great power competition with China)
  • Joe Biden caused the war in Ukraine by lifting sanctions on the Nordstream II pipeline (despite previously saying sanctions are a precursor to war)
  • U.S. dependence on foreign goods makes us weaker (economic decoupling from China)
  • “Deadly Chinese fentanyl” is flowing through our southern border each day (China has infiltrated domestic policy and is attacking us from within)

Her statement largely echoes the prevailing narrative on the populist Right, that, instead of picking a fight with Russia, or wasting blood and treasure in the Middle East, the United States should instead focus on countering China.

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