Thursday, October 2, 2014
Standing with Hong Kong
For most of China, the government was content to allow people a taste of private property and individual responsibility but never relented in their political totalitarianism. Hong Kong had both a free economy and political freedom and the bandits in Peking are afraid that, with the taste of economic freedom the rest of China has had, they will demand political freedom as well. This fear is not baseless. Already there has been a minor protest, a sort of "sympathy strike" in Shanghai by people supportive of the protesters in Hong Kong and who, by the way, stated they would also like some genuine democracy as well, meaning having more than one choice to vote for. So, the bandits in Peking are justly afraid that if they give in to the people in Hong Kong, other cities will follow their example and demand the same thing. What makes this even more absurd is the fact that democracy is not really the issue but the nature of the communist regime has forced it to be so. This is because Hong Kong did not gain such immense prosperity and become one of the areas of the greatest concentration of wealth in the whole world because of democracy but rather because of an almost accidental but nonetheless demonstrably wise policy of the British government. If one can even call it a policy as it was almost the lack of a policy.