In his Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson expounds the evils of slavery.
In addition to the grave injustices slavery inflicts on its victims, he notes the corrupting influence this institution has on the so-called masters:
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it; for man is an imitative animal.
The parent storms, the child looks on, catches the lineaments of wrath, puts on the same airs in the circle of smaller slaves, gives a loose to his worst of passions, and thus nursed, educated, and daily exercised in tyranny, cannot but be stamped by it with odious peculiarities.
The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved by such circumstances.
It has been clear for some time that America’s titans of technology, and other massive corporations, have been cultivating despotic habits. Now that they have openly declared war on anyone with the temerity to challenge their political agenda, it is high time to reflect on how this came about.
For decades now, the United States has been engaged in a process of economic integration with China, a great nation that happens to be ruled by a murderous totalitarian despotism.
Though many of us were perhaps skeptical of the lullaby promising that this alliance would slowly introduce habits of freedom and legitimacy there, few of us thought seriously enough about the consequences of the opposite occurrence.
Bear in mind that the Chinese Communist Party engages, in an increasingly orderly and even businesslike fashion, in activities such as slave labor, the electronic surveillance of its own populace, forced organ harvesting from political prisoners, the suppression of any religion not controlled by the government, and a system of “social credit” by which people earn rights through ideological conformity.
Now consider that, in order to do business in China, a U.S. corporation must accept members of the party responsible for the above atrocities into its own management. Additionally, it must allow the CCP access and use of any products, services, or technologies the latter considers useful in advancing its despotic powers.
Is it any wonder that American corporations are now using the infrastructure they built here, ostensibly for our comfort, convenience, and flourishing, to rob us of our constitutional and natural rights?
It seems that for some time they have been educated in the exercise of tyranny by their daily operations abroad, and have not remained “undepraved by such circumstances.”
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