Google: Freedom is important, too

March 25, 2010

Heartened to hear the words of Google co-founder Sergey Brin in the WSJ:

China has “made great strides against poverty and whatnot,” Mr. Brin said. “But nevertheless, in some aspects of their policy, particularly with respect to censorship, with respect to surveillance of dissidents, I see the same earmarks of totalitarianism, and I find that personally quite troubling.”

Me: I especially like the “whatnot” part. Prosperity is important. But so is freedom. And the West waits for China to make as much progress with political freedom as it has with economic freedom — though even the latter has a long way to go. More change will come, especially as this generation of leadership passes

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