One conspiracy theory, not that I believe it (although given the sick nature of the Chinese rulers it’s not unbelievable), is that the Chinese intentionally caused the COVID-19 coronavirus to spread onto the U.S. in order to cause panic and hysteria, such as we are seeing now with business and school closings and event cancellations, and a negative crashing effect in the stock markets as we are also seeing now. The Dow crashed down from its high of 29,000+ to 21,000. (However, it was at 19,000+ just three years ago when Trump took office, FWIW.)
Given that the Chinese rulers are extremely sick psychopaths in their evil treatment of their own people such as with the concentration camps, a.k.a. “re-education camps,” and their authoritarian social credit score system, it should not be a big surprise if the above conspiracy theory actually were correct.
But would the Chinese rulers have some kind of motive to do such a terrible thing, if that were the case? Well, yes they would have a motive, it could be their way of retaliating against Donald Trump and his collectivistic trade war that he started against the Chinese, which has been having quite a negative effect on the Chinese economy.
Trump is an extremely ignorant collectivist, in which he seems to believe that “America trades with other countries,” when no, individuals and businesses in the U.S. have trades, contracts and transactions with other individuals and businesses here and in other countries.
As Don Boudreaux wrote in a November, 2018 article,
The American economy, though, is not remotely analogous to Caterpillar, Inc. Americans do not work for America, Inc. And there are no goods or services that we Americans are managed as workers to produce for sale to non-Americans. America is not a business that operates according to a shared, unitary plan the success or failure of which is recorded on a meaningful budget. Thus, the American economy – unlike an actual business firm, household, or government – is not an organization that can spend too much or go into debt. In reality, America, Inc., does not exist. Being non-existent, it cannot earn, spend, lend, borrow, or budget.
Besides Don Boudreax’s article on trade deficits, see Murray Rothbard, Robert Murphy, and Richard Ebeling as well. Given that Trump is concerned, irrationally, about trade deficits which actually mean nothing in the real world, he has no concern at all about deficits that actually do mean something, the U.S. government’s budget deficit and Trump’s trillion-dollar budget deficit!
But if there is a conflict going on economically between the U.S. and China it is one that was either started or greatly exacerbated by Donald Trump, in his ordering tariffs that are really the U.S. government’s way of waging economic warfare on its own people, as well as hitting the Chinese people!
So, China has a motive to retaliate against Trump’s economic warfare. Not that I’m saying that the above conspiracy actually is true or that I believe it. But when we have a leader who is psychopathic, like Donald Trump, he is like past psychopathic leaders of the U.S., including FDR, who initiated an oil embargo against Japan which provoked the Japanese rulers to attack Pearl Harbor.