2020, perhaps more so than any other year in our modern history, was filled with winners, losers, and sharp contrasts between the two. Those who managed to win, won big; the losers lost bigger.
Amazon won, big. Small businesses lost, bigger. Donald Trump lost and Democrats won, albeit at a considerable cost and not quite as big as they’d hoped, all things considered.
Western economies lost, big. Democratic governments aren’t having an easy time flipping the economic switch back on, either. Even getting kids back in school, a crucial economic step that has been happening all over the world without major catastrophe for six months or more, isn’t proving easy.
Just today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued an emergency proclamation order requiring schools to return to in-person learning, which says a great deal. His office also felt the need to write a lengthy post to Medium explaining the decision in painstaking detail, which says even more.
As Western economies, and those who run them, have lost their collective will to function sensibly, one winner to eclipse all others, even Amazon, has emerged.
The undisputed champion of the world in 2020, 2021, and beyond, is the Chinese Communist Party and its all-powerful head, Xi Jinping.
The coronavirus is vanquished in China and the mistakes of the CCP, if there were any, remain largely unknown to the world. The Chinese economy is not only back on track, it is healthier than ever. What has been looking inevitable for a decade, COVID-19 has hasted. The Chinese economy will soon, much sooner than U.S. economic expert feared, grow larger than that of the U.S.
What experts predicted would take 20 years will now take less than 5.
That isn’t the only thing that has shifted in Xi Jinping’s favor. In addition to beating the U.S. in the 5G race, rare earth elements, and a number of other fields, in a simulated war game held by the Air Force recently, the U.S. lost.
And it isn’t just a game. A leading Chinese think tank just advised the CCP to prepare for war with the U.S. after describing tensions between the two super-powers as the worst they’ve been since…