I used to have a Greek friend from Alexandria. Alex was a businessman who became a professor of business. He used to say you couldn't argue with communists, because after you had refuted every argument of theirs from A to Z, they'd say, "What about A?" as if it had never been discussed. It is the problem with all ideologies, and I do mean all, including especially anti-communism.
People who are unfortunate enough to have lived under communism cannot escape the conviction that everything from self-selection of gender to the current ChiCom plague is the product of Marxism. I only wish life were that simple, but we here in the great and good USA have done evil the Marxists never dreamed of. Of course, it is ridiculous to exempt the Chinese government from the lesser charge of failing to contain the plague in its initial state and lied about everything all along the way or even from the greater charge of creating the virus in a laboratory, which is perfectly possible, but toilet paper shortages and the panic that causes them cannot be laid at the door of t he nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu.
PS Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu books are junk--though the late Sam Francis loved all that stuff about the Yellow Peril--but like a cheap beer and bag of Cheetos, they have their charm, even if they do leave a yellow stain on your greasy fingers.
Second, in response to a little squib from Jim Easton:
"If your church has a fog machine, it’s time for a new church.
Change my mind.
Followed by someone who sort of defended his own church's multi-media spectacles, I replied:
If a "church" showed porn movies during the Sunday service, would it really be a church? Or substituted a production of The Phantom of the Opera for a traditional service? Or a reverse raffle? Or Bingo instead of the Eucharist? A church = assembly, which refers to the assembly of the people who worship the God Who sent his beloved son to suffer and die for sinful humanity. The purpose of the assembly is not to be entertained, get rich, or even hear edifying thoughts from a pastor of limited knowledge of Greek Hebrew, and Latin--the subjects they haven't taught seriously in most seminaries for the past 50 years. (I've had pastors, who claimed to have had at least two years of Greek in seminary, as students in my Greek II course, and they simply could not cut it. They did talk a good game about church development, though. ) The purpose is to worship God. That is what we are there for, and that is what a liturgy is, an obligatory service of praise and thanksgiving. This is true for Catholic and Orthodox Christians, for Lutheran and Anglican, and for every Baptist and Presbyterian church I have attended. This an't sectarian. A church with fog machines and rock bands is no more a church than the those pseudo-Christian organizations that pay for their pastorettes elective infanticides