Submitted by Bodhi Bronson
Continuing with my assertion that America and China have a few things to learn from each other — and that this is the only sensible relationship for these two empires to have with each other, rather than moving towards a global war — America should look to none other than Chairman Mao Zedong for inspiration to deal with its current opioid epidemic.
There is a strong parallel between America’s opioid crisis today and China’s opioid problem of the 19th century. In both cases, the drugs were pushed on a weakened populace by foreign elites who enjoyed legal protection. Tim Kelly has an interview with Fr. Matthew Raphael Johnson on the Opium Wars, detailing how the Sassoon family monopolized the drug trade in China, and paid off the British empire to act as its mercenary army and force the Chinese to open their gates to…
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