Freedom of Speech abridged

by Sal on January 27, 2006

in Politics

Some of you may be aware of recent stories regarding companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft reaching agreements with the Chinese communist government to censor their internet and software content anywhere within the country of China. The U.S. Government is fighting back by bringing in the above-mentioned companies to a conference on the subject, with the possibility of regulation in the future.

The Cold War may be over, but the Chinese government remains a real National Security threat to the United States. The Internet boom in China over the past ten years has given rise to many of the free-market reforms seen in China. By censoring the Internet content, China is attempting to stave off the inevitable collapse of their system of government in favor of a more modern Democracy. The U.S. needs to take a firm stand, much as it did with the U.S.S.R. and Radio Free Europe, and push information into the hands of the Chinese citizenry. This will lead to the eventual collapse of China’s communist party, just as the Soviet Union collapsed 15 years ago.

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Ryan January 27, 2006 at 3:40 pm

Diplomatic pressure and more free-market, free society tempting from the USA will keep China in check.

I agree that Google is contributing to the problem by aiding their undemocratic totalitarian regime. Do they have the freedon to do it? Just because you CAN do something, does that infer that you MUST do it?


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