In China, a Deluded Regime Leads Its People Down a Doomed Path

By John Mac Ghlionn
John Mac Ghlionn
John Mac Ghlionn
John Mac Ghlionn is a researcher and essayist. He covers psychology and social relations, and has a keen interest in social dysfunction and media manipulation. His work has been published by the New York Post, The Sydney Morning Herald, Newsweek, National Review, and The Spectator US, among others.
January 22, 2022Updated: January 23, 2022


What makes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) so dangerous? Is it the fact that the elites in Beijing appear to speak a completely different language to the rest of the world?

To be clear, by language, I’m not referring to Mandarin. I’m referring to a type of language completely detached from reality. Part speaking in tongues, part speaking in plain old nonsense, this type of language. Let’s call it doublespeak with Chinese characteristics, which has become frighteningly common since COVID-19 burst onto the scene.

It’s now beyond reasonable doubt that the coronavirus originated in Wuhan. Was it intentionally created, or was it the product of mismanagement, negligence, and overall ignorance? In truth, we don’t know.

What we do know, though, is that the virus originated in China. Nevertheless, the CCP, in a desperate yet utterly futile attempt to perpetuate a charade that has worn incredibly thin, continues to spin the most preposterous of narratives. Could COVID have actually originated in Maine, United States? No, of course not. But that hasn’t stopped Beijing from attempting to sell the lie. Unfortunately, millions of people have bought it.

The CCP, it seems, cannot be reasoned with. It’s the political equivalent of Jim Jones, intent on dragging us all over the cliff. While Xi Jinping might lack the charisma of a man like Jones, he certainly matches the evangelical preacher when it comes to paranoia.

A paranoid leader is a dangerous one, and a country that finds itself unable to question the motives of a paranoid leader is destined for disaster. That, in my opinion, is what makes those in Beijing so dangerous. They treat their own people despicably—imprisoning them, torturing them, disappearing them, and even killing them. Can the CCP be reached? Can it actually be made to see common sense, whatever common sense looks like in 2022? The answer, I fear, appears to be a no, and a resounding no at that.

If in doubt, let me point you in the direction of a recent Bloomberg article, which outlines the many ways in which the CCP, in a desperate attempt to achieve “zero COVID” (an endeavor that makes zero sense) is desperately attempting to crack down on the virus.

Everything that needn’t be targeted is being targeted, from overseas mail to people’s pets. As the Bloomberg piece notes, ever since the “first omicron infection was found in a woman who received post from Canada,” international mail has received high levels of scrutiny. The woman’s letter, “which had passed through the U.S. and Hong Kong, tested positive for a similar strain previously found in North America and Singapore.”

The idea of cracking down on all mail from abroad might sound preposterous—and it is—but that hasn’t stopped the CCP from telling its citizens to “minimize international purchases and disinfect packages.”

Scandinavian fish is also frowned upon by the CCP, according to the Bloomberg piece. In fact, “Norwegian salmon was initially linked to an outbreak in Beijing in June 2020 after a cluster of over 300 infections was traced to a chopping board used by a seller of the fish.”

To think that one chopping board—in a land of millions, if not billions, of chopping boards—prompted the CCP to respond in such a manner shows us what we are dealing with.

Madness has gripped the country.

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A staff member from Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department walks past a pet shop that was closed after some pet hamsters were tested positive for the coronavirus, according to local authorities, in Hong Kong, on Jan. 18, 2022. (Kin Cheung/AP Photo)

In Hong Kong, a once free-wheeling, rather inviting city, the CCP has cracked down on everything from free speech to hamsters—yes, hamsters. According to the Bloomberg piece, these furry creatures “are being investigated as a possible source of a surprise delta-variant case in a pet-shop worker and potentially a rare example of animal-to-human transmission.”

The key word in that sentence is rare. Animal-to-human transmission of the virus is incredibly rare. Nevertheless, the CCP has “ordered more than 100 customers into quarantine and will cull about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, chinchillas and rabbits,” the report said.

There are reactions, and then there are overreactions. The CCP excels at the latter.

When it comes to the murdering of pets, such overreactions have profound consequence. In a piece published in November, I documented the ways in which the CCP, ruthless in the extreme, employed individuals to murder the pets of people in quarantine—without the owners’ knowledge. Many of these individuals were single, and looked to their pets as a source of comfort and support.

How do you reason with the unreasonable? You can’t. And this is what should worry us all, not just those who find themselves living in China. After all, if China is to become the most powerful country in the world, which looks increasingly likely, and this country is going to be run by a totalitarian regime, which is almost guaranteed, then we must be able to engage in meaningful dialogue.

But engaging in such dialogue is impossible if one party is reading from a somewhat logical script, while the other is reading from one devoid of all sensibilities. While the majority of the world prepares to embrace a post-pandemic world, the CCP appears determined to keep its people trapped in a never-ending cycle of pernicious lies and draconian lockdowns.

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