Friday, May 31, 2002

And now for something... completely different.

China's second revolution, talking about China's rampant economic expansion.

I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand, greater economic freedom in China can only be good for everyone there in terms of a rising standard of living, and historically greater economic freedoms go hand in hand with greater freedom in general.

On the other hand, the second-to-last paragraph is a reminder of the political system we're discussing:

"When we find ([software] piracy rings), we confiscate the products and the equipment they use to make them and turn to execute the persons or organizations involved," said the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone's Jian.
Chilling. Those who denigrate US "human rights violations" at Guantanamo Bay would do well to read that paragraph again, especially if they're listening to "grey market" MP3s.


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