I read this shaking my head that the author was ignoring the sneering that was done by many of Con Inc towards those screaming about normalizing trade with China over human rights concerns. Then I looked at the bio for the author. He likely wasn't alive then. He may not know.
How many political junkies remember that in 1992 Clinton ran to the right of Bush on trade with China? As @GeoGDF01 noted, a major plot driver of The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy is the Catholic and Evangelical Christian world boycotting China. That was nearly 21 years ago.
The author is listed as a WFB Fellow in political journalism at NRI. This is for recent college graduates. It is fair to assume he wasn't alive in 1992 and was, at best, a very small child in 2001 when China received MFN status. He did not grow up watching these arguments.
He is also an Oxford educated lad from Belfast. Why does that matter? It is reasonable to assume he did not grow up in American evangelical circles and thus is not aware personally that those matters addressed in this column have been argued extensively for about 40 years.
He appears by bio to be an impressive young man. It is not his fault he is young. The point of a fellowship though is to learn from those who came before you. Did anyone at NRO say this is a good piece but perhaps go look at what American religious people have said on this?
As someone upper end Gen X, it is difficult to remind myself that anyone under about mid 30s has no real remembrance of the Cold War. Clinton left office 20 years ago. The fights of the Clinton years are history anyone under 30.
Many of the matters Gen X and older consider basic knowledge are history to even upper end Millennials. Gen Z is starting to graduate college and Reagan is as misty in history to them as Truman was to me. Time marches ever on.
I am trying to be conscious of this as I read matters and think how can you not know this. No. Take a step back. Why would the person know this? Unless that person takes the time to study, it is just the misty past to them, not part and parcel of their baseline knowledge.
Not that this is an excuse. If you are going to write to place the burden on a group to step up, it is incumbent on you to see if they already are. Still, it is a reminder for we who are a certain level of 29 that Kids These Days literally do not know. Why would they? /whinge

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