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Lost in the criticism of President Trump for chumming with North Korean leadership is America’s cozy relationship with other brutal authoritarians. Our trading partners and confidants include Vladimir Putin, Salman of Saudi Arabia, and President Xi Jinping of China, who is turning himself into an Emperor while turning China into a potential empire.

In today’s clip, comedian John Oliver calls out Xi for making a number of unhinged power moves since Trump assumed office. By a vote of 2998 to two, Xi has been appointed ruler for life by the Chinese parliament. His creepy kid musical-promoted “Belt and Road” project is actually a trillion-dollar trade coup aimed at 60 countries.

You’ll have to click to hear Oliver’s new slogan for the singin’ socialist youth. As for “Uncle Xi” taking advantage of a wave of short-term economic success to gobble up all the power he can? Yes, it reminds us of someone closer to home.

Play for parallels.

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Marchers at January 22 anti-vaccination demonstration in Washington, D.C>

Back when it was first gaining traction in the 1990s, the anti-vaccination movement was largely considered a far-left thing, attracting believers ranging from barter-fair hippies to New Age gurus and their followers to “holistic medicine” practitioners. And it largely remained that way … until 2020 and the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As this Sunday’s “Defeat the Mandates” march in Washington, D.C., however, showed us, there’s no longer anything even remotely left-wing about the movement. Populated with Proud Boys and “Patriot” militiamen, QAnoners and other Alex Jones-style conspiracists who blithely indulge in Holocaust relativism and other barely disguised antisemitism, and ex-hippies who now spout right-wing propaganda—many of them, including speakers, encouraging and threatening violence—the crowd at the National Mall manifested the reality that “anti-vaxxers” now constitute a full-fledged far-right movement, and a potentially violent one at that.

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