By Nathan Barton
In July, the Heritage Foundation rated Hong Kong as the MOST economically-free nation in the world, giving it 89.9 out of a possible 100. Not politically free, but economically-free. They (and we) recognize that the two DO go together.
Since then, the protests over the Red Chinese (Communist) regime to extradite accused persons to the mainland have dominated world news.
This week, after months of protests, a cop shot an 18-year-old protester (still alive but in critical condition). Chinese troops are moving into the city in a supposed routine rotation, but the “relieved troops” are not leaving. Recon indicates that more troops are massing in the area. The local government (Quislings according to some) are getting more het up. Their masters in Beijing are also losing patience, and fearing the impact of literally millions of protesters. An old British law, unused for a half-century, is now being used to make wearing masks in protests (and in public) illegal.
It is ironic, if coincidental, that the Communist regime in Beijing is celebrating its 70th birthday this week. With this anniversary, the People’s Republic of China is now the longest-lasting communist regime in history. (The Soviet Union lasted just 69 years from its official establishment in 1922, to 1991.) The Communist regime now ruling China of course controlled parts of the country since at least the early 1930s, just as Lenin seized power in 1917.
Although it is supposedly now a mixed society and economy with strong elements of capitalism, it is still ultimately a totalitarian state in which the government is supreme and liberty is limited. Yes, even economic liberty. And most certainly personal liberty.
It is a reminder that the statists – including the extreme statists that are labeled (by themselves or others) as Communist or fascist – never give up.
China’s rulers fear Hong Kong’s people, because they still want and have some liberty. And as the Communist regime tightens the screws, they look more and more to the United States, their former “colonial masters” in the United Kingdom, and the West for inspiration and encouragement.
Which, in general, the West is failing to provide.
I do not think that the people of Hong Kong are going to give up, but in order to keep from losing that liberty, they may be pushed into making all of China more free. And in doing so, break up China into multiple nations. Thus bringing an end to what might be the shortest dynasty in China’s long history.
And perhaps setting an example for the rest of the world.