Magazine November 11, 2019, Issue

Progressive Woke, Communist Yoke

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during a game against the Denver Nuggets in Los Angeles, Calif., March 6, 2019 (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

In a tableau for our age, the crisis of global capitalism was set off earlier this month by an opinionated gamer and a white guy with a loose tweet.

I’m talking, respectively, about “Blitzchung,” the nom de joystique of a Hong Kong professional video-game enthusiast, and Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who each made the mistake of pissing off the Chinese government while on the clock for corporations that depend on its benefaction. 

For the apostasy of standing with his countrymen and against the tear-gas canisters of their Beijing occupiers, “Blitzchung” was stripped of cash, various digital offices, and Galaga high

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