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Jason Holliston
Tuesday, June 15, 2004  
China Still Has Growing Up To Do

This happened 11 days ago, now, but it's worth pointing out: the Chinese government is no longer allowing their citizens to access the new Chinese version of Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia on the Web. Ars Technica notes that this action coincided almost exactly 15 years after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Make no mistake about it: China is still has a nasty, evil totalitarian government. Their recent and continuing foray into capitalism hasn't affected their outlook on human rights hardly at all. In other words, they're doing great with the making money thing, but horrible at the Bill of Rights thing. The biggest threat to a totalitarian government is, and always has been, the free flow of information.

I have a bad feeling that sometime in my life, things are going to end badly for the government in China. I hope I'm wrong, but I can see it being infinitely more bloody than the fall of the Soviet Union.

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