US-China Tensions Are Escalating. What Does That Mean for the Left?

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President Joe Biden made his first public address to Congress last week. Speaking to a sparsely attended chamber, he repeatedly linked his expansive domestic policy agenda with a call to confront China in a battle of “democracy versus autocracy.”

Since taking office in January, President Biden has wrong-footed observers across the political spectrum. Mitt Romney responded to the address with puzzled sarcasm: “China represents an extraordinary threat to the world, and we’re going to apparently deal with that by providing for free pre-K.” For its part, the Left has tended to view the first hundred days of the Biden administration as something of a contradiction, a “tale of two presidencies”…

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