Monday, April 25, 2005

China's bread and circuses

Slate speculates about China's patchy transition to capitalism. The people want cell phones and big bank accounts -- but when will they start to demand freedom of the press?

1 comment:

Allison L said...

Student protests (re: May 4th Movement, Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen Square 2x) have traditionally demanded freedom of speech, or at the very least, an end to corruption, so it's interesting that Slate looks to the businesspeople for pressure and reform. It doesn't seem likely that the rich and powerful would want change.

Also, capitalism there, at least at its onset, was justified as a stepping stone for socialism- another tenent we tend to forget when applying our American-democracy thought process.