Comments on: The Authoritarian International goes on the defensive http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: rehmat http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-942 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:18:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-942 @Chinapro

“Hmmm, somehow the media is always bringing China in the picture, however i live in china and every american and european news website i can read any place and any computer about anything in the world and china.
i spoke with my sister in holland by skype and even the dutch media reports we are blocked out and we are NOT.”

***Different Chinese have different opinions. Where do you live? Few chinese from Beijing I spoke to said govt is taking precautions in view of Egypt situation in terms of the nature of news to be given to public. There are not total block on news per se I was told. These guys are as much haters of Chinese Negative News (CNN) but still say this. There must be something to it.

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By: student1776 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-941 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 16:08:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-941 If they want to survive, the key that the autocrats have to learn is to grant economic freedom prior to political freedom. If economic freedom is granted and the rule of law prevails in economic matters, the economy naturally perks up, people see that they have the opportunity to prosper and attention naturally gravitates to the sphere of economic competition. In this situation an authoritarian government like that of China can prevail for a generation or more. Eventually prosperous people demand freedom but when they do it is a more civilized and stage-wise progressive process since by then they have something to lose. By contrast when the Russians or other nations provided political freedom while economic liberty was nil, corruption was high, and people had no chance to better their lot, things turn ugly fast.

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By: REDruin http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-940 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:58:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-940 chavez rammed his emergency powers legistlation through his congress, arrests rival party members, negates elections, overrules local authorities, overrides his Contitutional term limits, seizes private buisinesesof those who won’t follow his policies of ‘strip the rich’ and pays his bloated force of dole-dependent state employees off of oil revenue that is not sufficient to do what he wants to have done.
He’s a dictator covering himself with rigged elections and strong-arming the opposition.

==RED

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By: 1manmuffin http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-938 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 07:47:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-938 Why is Hugo Chavez being lumped in with the dictators of the “Authoritarian International”? Last I checked he was the winner of several free and fair elections and respected the will of the people when they voted down his constitutional reforms. His tactical alliance with Iran is about defending his country against US interference (remember Bush’s support for the coup against his government?). It was a mass movement against Venezuela’s corrupt elite that put him in power in the first place. He’s not a perfect man, but the First World media’s smear campaign against him is disgusting.

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By: burf http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-936 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 06:55:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-936 The ironic thing, is how America is incongruent with actual Populism.. Only in America, would a *Populist* movement go to the Streets, to rally for their Corporate/Authoritarian Masters, as the so-called *Tea-Party* did. When our Government cut Civil Rights after 9-11 (Habeas Corpus, Wiretapping, etc) barely a whimper. Torture in our name was OK. As is Corporations looting the Treasury, or the Supreme Court appointing a President. The streets were quiet.
But, try to give the People Health Care, ah, then they’re out on the Streets, in support of the Insurance Industry, etc. Kudos to Tunisians & Egyptians, for wanting out of Authoritarian Rule. I wonder if America will ever wake up?

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By: meleze http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-935 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 05:44:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-935 According to my point of view you make a confusion between weakening a dictatorship and weakening China. The move of the Arabic countries in north africa is weakening the dictatorships but it is reinforcing the Chinese dictatorship. Of course China is threatened and first because it is used to contain a strong Arabic minority. But there is a border between what is happening in an aera of power and what is happening inside the country. And I am afraid to see that is the same thing in Russia where the arabic move helps Chechens but doesn’t reach yet Putin which still counts stalinian reports to withold the split of the federation.

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By: ww2kid8 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-934 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 02:33:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-934 Authoritarian states should include the United States of America where the Executive and Congressional branches of government are arrogantly ignoring the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the will of the people.

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By: student1776 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-932 Sun, 06 Feb 2011 00:30:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-932 It seems like the underlying issue is not inequality. Rather it is a sense people have concerning whether they have a chance to improve their lot. People who have a chance to improve their lot for the benefit of themselves and their families focus on that activity and care little about the wealthy other than wanting to become wealthy. People who feel confined to their current circumstances with no chance to improve it become irritable. Sooner or later a stimulus will come that leads them to action and their actions feed on each other in a classical chaotic bifurcation. The interesting application is to America. For our whole history people have had a chance to improve their lot and people have focused on that even during periods of massive inequalities of wealth. The result has been an engine driven by private ambition that made us the wealthiest and most successful and powerful of nations. In the current situation we have a socialist Obama government obsessed with destroying the wealthy (other than their crony capitalist donors like Immelt and the financial giants) and imposing socialism on the masses with endless regulations, high taxes, protected teachers unions crippling educational opportunities and an endless series of barriers to the accumulation of personal wealth. The end result of their system will be to put a roof on how high Americans can advance (again excluding their crony capitalist allies and wealthy donors like the Kennedys) – an imposition of economic stagnation we can see developing all around us. So far, with the aid of an ideologically driven leftist mainstream media the Obama left have blamed the stagnation on factors other than its root cause – government policies and redistribution. But people are not stupid. Eventually they will understand that under conditions of economic freedom, low taxation and lower regulation personal economic progress was possible but under Obama’s policy of socialism for the masses and subsidies for the crony capitalists their personal prospects are crippled. It will take time for this awareness to develop – but develop it will and with it a fundamental change in the relationship of the American people to their government, a change from seeing the government as representative to one of seeing it as oppressive. I strongly suspect that the American people will not tolerate that oppression for long.

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By: haveapulse http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-929 Sat, 05 Feb 2011 14:16:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-929 The simple measage to authoritarian rulers, be they political or corporate is: the trickle down effect has to work equitably to enable civil societies in all political cultures.

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By: Zanty http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/02/04/the-authoritarian-international-goes-on-the-defensive/#comment-928 Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:46:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=812#comment-928 Lets see how much he takes out of the Egyptian when he goes and how much he has already banked of the Egyptian peoples money. Simple problem GREED !

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