When you squeeze dissent out of a society, you squeeze a lot of other things too—creativity, innovation, and individuality. From Tim Knight at Slope of Hope via zerohedge.com:
Over two days, I read the newly-published book We Have Been Harmonized cover to cover. For anyone interested in China, global economics, or high-tech surveillance, I heartily recommend it. The book is superbly written, well-researched, and comes from an author who is an expert in the field. In this post, I would like to explore some of the topics covered in the book.
For starters, I offer a philosophical question: Is there such a thing as a universal, indomitable human spirit? In other words, are all human beings imbued with the desire to live their lives freely and express themselves without fear of reprisal? Or is this notion simply coming from the head of someone like myself who has been blessed with life inside a western liberal democracy his entire life?
At the end of the book, that’s the question that was on my mind, because, as with the poor souls trapped in North Korea, I felt sorry for the Chinese. They have never been richer, never been more powerful, and never had a brighter future ahead, and yet I see a nation of 1.4 billion humans whose government wants to treat as one unified, obedient, singularity. For a person with my viewpoint, it’s a repulsive and unsettling reality.
It won’t be long before China is the largest economy on the planet. Their resentment of the “lost century” (most of the 1800s) runs deep, and they have no intention of squandering their financial or military might. In the process, they want every want of their citizens to fall into line and become the ‘new man’ that Marx and Lenin dreamed about creating.