The Faustian Bargains of the Woke NBA

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The Chinese demand a Faustian bargain from all they make rich in the short term. We are in a new COVID-19 world, where no one believes that China will democratize once it gets rich enough, and China itself has mostly given up on hiding its own agendas. So, given the known Chinese blueprint of foreign investment, assume that once China masters the mechanics and public relations of the sport, the contours of its franchising, and the intricacies of its branding and merchandising, its 1.4 billion people may prefer their own Chinese players, Chinese coaches, Chinese owners — and all of their own newfound Chinese profits.

Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura

Victor Davis Hanson, American Greatness

Take all the signature brand names that the Baby Boomers inherited from prior generations—Harvard, Yale, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, the Oscars, the NFL, the NBA, the FBI, the CIA, the Rockefeller and Ford foundations, and a host of others. And then ask whether they enhanced or diminished such inheritances? Where you live, what school branded you, what title, past and present, you can parlay, whom you know, and whom you married somehow have ended up far more important than what you actually have done. They remind one of played out “senators” from the last generations of the Roman Empire. What explains the bankruptcy of the elite?

The NBA Grovels to China

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

China is a huge and lucrative market for the NBA. If business means turning your back on freedom while defending one of the most brutally repressive regimes in human history — so be it. Meanwhile, nobody's found Colin Kaepernick saying anything about China's grip on the NBA. The man with the Nike sneaker-selling slogan of "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." is silent while Nike orders the removal of all the Houston Rockets merchandise from their stories in China. Apparently, America is still the most horrible country in the world that was founded on racism, slavery and genocide.

Censorious Chinese talk the language of US campus liberals, hopefully horrifying them

Editors, Washington Examiner

The censorious arguments from Beijing’s defenders sound like they could come from campus leftists or appear on the pages of America's liberals magazines. But the American Left is no warmer to China's strong-arm efforts than is the American Right. American liberals who cheered the political activism of NBA celebrities are now audibly lamenting their silence. There's plenty of reason to worry that parts of the American Left are abandoning the principles of pluralism, tolerance, and free speech. Here's hoping that some censorious intolerance from China is stirring up these old principles and putting the liber- back into American liberals.

The NBA’s Hypocrisy Over China And Charlotte Is Astounding

David Marcus, The Federalist

The hypocritical NBA should not reward the illiberal and authoritarian Chinese government for its censorship policies while announcing a free for all on conservative political policies in the free United Sates. The NBA may well see itself as an ambassador for America and its values around the world, but when it defies those values to give comfort to dictators it also serves as an ambassador from China to the US. It sends the message, China is just a country, just like any other, there’s nothing wrong with China, and that is vastly more valuable to the communist government than any basketball game.

China + The Liberal Elite: Get A Room

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall

The NBA is just the latest willing serfcorp to go crawling to their Eastern masters. The tech overlords have been helping the Chinese police state do its thought policing for years. What do you want to bet that cheap Chinese crap you buy at Walmart is made by Uighur with a chain around his ankle? And Hollywood? The creative types used to fume when they got notes from smarmy suits in LA. Now they’re delighted to follow the commands of the Ministry of Proper Thoughts in Beijing. It’s not a question of whether our elite can be bought. They can. Like the man said, we have established what they are. The only question is the price.

Thoughts on Donald Sterling: In America, Jerks Have Rights Too

After NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced he was banning LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for making racially charged remarks, Sterling said he’s not selling the team. In a free society, jerks have rights too and the free market has a way of dealing with situations like Sterling's offensive racist remarks.