If these predictions come to pass, their fulfillment will have lasting effects upon America in the 2020s and beyond.
For some leftists, criticizing America matters more than supporting democracy. But support for Hong Kong protesters is easily a bipartisan issue.
For months, Beijing has insisted that Hong Kong protesters are nothing but a small group of ‘rioters’ with no public support. The resounding victory of pro-democracy candidates discredits that claim.
Barkley said Daryl Morey was wrong to speak out in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong because it might hurt the NBA’s bottom line.
The NBA’s embrace of Chinese censorship is understandably drawing comparisons to the NFL’s debacle with Colin Kaepernick, but such comparisons are unfair because what the NBA is doing is much worse for two reasons.
When a fourth of your population demands something, there is a serious consequence when nothing happens — when millions of law-abiding people feel their autonomy is at risk.
The Hong Kong protesters are fighting for liberty, but major U.S. firms are siding with China’s authoritarian regime. That’s not okay.
While extradition of those on trial provoked this year’s protests, it is a movement for democracy that is at the heart of the demonstrations.
In a time when it looks like political parties couldn’t be more divided in the United States, the NBA’s deeply defective relationship with China is providing some common ground.
As communist China turns 70, an inevitable question is how long it will last. All we know for sure is that ‘those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.’
I hope these courageous, freedom-loving protesters succeed and their message of hope catches on in other countries desperate for the Hong Kong formula.
While we hoped freer trade with the West would lead China toward liberal democracy, the result has been an increasingly oppressive government.
Hong Kongers are fighting for something we Americans know very well: freedom and the right to self-determination. We can help them, and we should.
America’s relative silence over the Hong Kong protests and the impending Chinese crackdown is deafening, and telling. It’s also dangerous.
What’s more impressive than 2 million people walking through Hong Kong demanding freedom? The fact that all protests have remained peaceful, even as police attack.
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