Vox is pure garbage, and this article is just another piece of trash for the rubbish pile.
Vox isn’t an actual news outlet: it babbles about the Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones as if they were newsworthy and significant.
Vox doesn’t get reality, particularly the US trade war against China. It cannot explain something obvious because it has no clue and no means to do so.
There is nothing loopy about the US going after China. China has been busy buying up natural resources around the world. It is the World’s Factory. It buys other nations’ debt. It is aiming for an economic monopoly, and has been doing so unchecked for a very long time.
The US is preventing that dominance, and is working on weakening China, which isn’t as hard as it sounds. The US gets the rigs of capitalism. China gets a lot of things, but not enough to beat the US at this game. They may bluster, but they are in a far weaker position than they should be. The US can make serious damage to them economically and politically. Trump doesn’t think like a typical American, making him a very hard mark to read.
And he is willing to fight as far as it can go. Canada is going to get royally screwed. This is a country that banked on being a whisperer of sorts to the US, and a backdoor way of diplomacy with them, but then Trump accused Canada of being smooth, and cut off that path. Trump brought his North American neighbours to heel. For all of Canada’s tantrums and chest-thumping how they were going to “buy Canadian”, it was all talk because Canada doesn’t have very much native products to purchase.
Now that the small potatoes are out of the way, the big job is up ahead. In this game of Go, Trump struck first with a single arrest in Canada. China hit hard at Canada, giving Trump a blueprint into how to break them to specifications.
Project Syndicate is also puking knee-slapping Leftist propaganda, trying to pretend there is no economic growth in the US, but there is and it’s real. Unemployment is low. Everything has been methodical and precise. The US usually doesn’t have someone in the White House who gets the game, and Trump gets it. The Left are jealous and are stewing because vote-shaming doesn’t work. It’s the reason they are blind to what has been swirling over the last two years. The epic magic act is about to begin and they are off the rails thanks to their own hubris.
There is no mystery here, and certainly no madness. The game is beyond what Vox can comprehend, and it is not a place to look for actual news, anyway…