Giant on the move
At the Aspen Ideas Festival this week, I’m on a panel that’ll debate the issue of “How Much Freedom is Enough for China.”
Obviously the crux of the question is defining terms — starting with what is China, and who among its 1.3 billion people are you talking about.
The answer to how much is enough is one thing if you’re an outspoken artist like Ai Weiwei, recently released from detention after reportedly confessing to economic irregularities. The answer is different if you’re an urban intellectual or if you’re an urban entrepreneur. And it starts to be really different if you’re a frustrated migrant worker or an impoverished farmer.
What you mean by freedom and what you want from your state really depends on who you are and what your circumstances are.