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Why the NBA’s defense of China is nothing new for American institutions

LeBron James may lecture others on the need to be “educated on the situation” in China, but he’s the one who’s living in a bubble. Despite making almost two dozen trips to the Communist giant — trips that probably earned him tens of millions of dollars all told — he seems to have no idea just what kind of monster his paymaster is. The people of Hong Kong — whose struggle for freedom LeBron prefers to ignore — know better. They understand that what the Communist Party of China runs across the border is not just a police state but the world’s first hi-tech virtual prison whose goal is literally to monitor all of China’s 1.3 billion people all the time. They know that the party runs the world’s largest network of c ...