Host Marshall Kosloff talks with Erich Schwartzel, author of a new book titled Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy. The Chinese film industry has risen to become a lucrative market, but Communist Party control and censorship has Hollywood movie-makers caught between big payouts and blatant infringement on free speech. Schwartzel explains how this tension plays out with your favorite movies, and what American legislators should do to push back on China’s attempts to control the Hollywood culture machine.
Counterbalance is a foreign policy podcast that embodies Hudson’s tradition of challenging conventional wisdom. The Trump era attacked the elite consensus regarding several key issues, including the rise of China, American policy toward the Middle East, and the compartmentalization of domestic and foreign policy. Many observers in the media and in establishment foreign policy circles are presenting the advent of a Biden presidency as a total repudiation of President Trump’s policies and a return to “normalcy.” But, regardless of how one feels about the Trump era or any of his specific policies, there is no turning back the clock. The elite foreign policy consensus will never be the same. Counterbalance will reckon with what’s next.