No government has murdered, tortured, imprisoned, and terrorized more of its own people than communist China, and it’s not even close.
While we hoped freer trade with the West would lead China toward liberal democracy, the result has been an increasingly oppressive government.
China’s state-run media hid the Hong Kong anti-extradition protests until things turned violent, a ploy eerily reminiscent of the infamous 1989 protests.
On June 4, the world recalls the brave men and women who protested for a democratized China, whose continued human rights violations 30 years later prove that the fight is far from over.
Tiananmen was in 1989, when America had embraced the People’s Republic with the belief that economic liberalization would lead to political liberalization.
1989 will probably go down in history as the year China’s youth lost their idealism. People lost interest, or perhaps hope, in politics. Money is now the name of the game.
Marches are not only antithetical to the aesthetics of republicanism, but, quite often, they’re antithetical to its purpose.
Since Chinese authorities won’t let Liu Xiaobo leave China for medical help, he probably will die soon. But his efforts to speak the truth will endure.
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