Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

America’s 
Unused Weapon

(Roman Genn)
It’s the idea of freedom, and the president should start talking in its terms

Perhaps the most consequential policy of Donald Trump’s administration will be his reorientation of American strategy toward China. For decades, the United States cooperated with the People’s Republic and encouraged its “peaceful rise.” American presidents granted a “China exception” to human-rights policies and treated the Commu­nist dictatorship as a “responsible stakeholder” in global affairs. The convergence of the two economies into “Chimerica” was thought to be mutually beneficial — and irreversible.

Big mistake. China opened its economy but not its political system. It stole foreign technology and intellectual property, spent the money it took in from American consumers to finance a

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Lifestyle Section

Books, Arts & Manners

Books

Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.

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Letters

Letters

One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Poetry

Poetry

Panpsychism (believed in by those who know what particle physics is but are uneasy with “Big Bang” as a search term) has its limits I suspect…

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