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The Nascent Chinese Quest for Freedom

January 29th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Foreign Affairs

As a followup to a previous post about the Charter 08 movement in China, I’d like to draw your attention to this Washington Post article.

I wondered in that blog entry whether it would “catch hold as a rallying point.” It has gained thousands more signatures since it came out last year, which is paltry given China’s massive population but incredible when you think of the possible consequences of signing. The crackdown on signatories has continued apace; this could be another Tiananmen Square in the making.

The right to life, liberty, and property is universal. The Chinese government’s failure to live up to its responsibility in safeguarding those inherent rights cannot stand. Their attempts to squelch and suppress this cry for freedom will only serve to embolden and broaden the resolve. I am heartened by the Chinese people’s actions and I wish them the best of luck in their struggle.

One Comment so far ↓

  • EdMcGon

    I would not be the least bit surprised if China ends up being the freest country on the planet by the end of the century. And I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re passing around something like Chapter 08 in the U.S. by the end of the century.