Sunday, April 09, 2006


I had an odd occurence the other day. I had a conference business call and one of the parties was calling in from Communist China. This was unthinkable not that long ago. I am not sure how I feel about living in a world where I can get calls from a rapidly growing Communist China. The call itself is not a bad thing. Communication is essential to break down barriers.

But what happened to the ideals cold war? Anti-communism? What happened to China?

There is a good piece on China coming up on Frontline about the failed peaceful push for democracy and the Communists who used the military to smash the peaceful move toward democracy.
The Tank Man

The Tank Man April 11, 2006 at 9pm on PBS

(90 minutes) On June 5, 1989, one day after Chinese troops expelled thousands of demonstrators from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a solitary, unarmed protester stood his ground before a column of tanks advancing down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Captured by Western photographers watching nearby, this extraordinary confrontation became an icon of the fight for freedom around the world. On April 11, veteran filmmaker Antony Thomas investigates the mystery of the tank man -- his identity, his fate, and his significance for the Chinese leadership. The search for the tank man reveals China's startling social compact -- its embrace of capitalism while dissent is squashed -- designed to stifle the nationwide unrest of 1989. This policy has allowed educated elites and entrepreneurs to profit handsomely, while the majority of Chinese still face brutal working conditions and low wages, and all Chinese must endure strict political and social controls. Some of these controls regulate speech on the Internet -- and have generated criticism over the involvement of major U.S. corporations such as Yahoo!, Cisco, Microsoft, and Google.


Anonymous Butler Miller said...

About a year ago, in a business dealing, I was called a 'communist', because someone else came in with a better bid, so I used that company instead.

I thought finding and using better bids was the heart of capitalism.

I kept it to myself.

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