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April 23, 2005

China: Non-Free Freedom « China/Taiwan »

Or, Economic freedom without Political freedom.

The average Chinese individual doesn't give a hoot about politics. With how fierce everyone has gotten about such things as homosexual marriage, abortion rights, the role of religion in society, evolution, etc, I think there's something to be said for that attitude.

But what the Chinese people really need is the strengthening of the Rule of Law in China. America needs that to happen in China, too, so that our corporations can successfully do business there.

But the main freedom they lack that they want is to get a consistent punishment for a consistent enforcement of consistent laws. That way they can make informed decisions about actions in everyday life.

In many ways, this is the most basic of freedoms.

Posted by Nathan at 02:39 PM | Comments (1)
» links with: A step in the right direction

You know Nathan, most Chinese will tell you that you can't have political freedom without first having economic freedom.

I'm no expert on economics (just ask my professors), but I think there is a lot of truth in that statement and I think China's evolution in politics and as a country from 1949 to today supports that contention.

It's inevitable and as everyone likes to say...Rome wasn't built in a day.

Posted by: Gordon at April 25, 2005 12:54 AM
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