On 5/13/06, Prasad J <prasad59(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Actually I believe it was you who brought this up
on the mailing list
Anthony,although I do agree that this is not a matter which is within
the scope of this list. I must however mention here that you claim the
Chinese citizens are being *oppressed* by their Governemnt. I,
personally, also feel the same way, but then let us not forget that
these policies are put in place by an elected Government-perhaps for
legitimate reasons- and the said laws are a part of China's internal
affairs. So for us to pass judgement on this matter would not be
entirely fair-since we are both citizens of other countries.
Were the US government to put into place certain policies "protecting"
citizens from certain information on the Internet, no doubt you'd start
complaining about jackbooted thugs and the like. I don't particularly care
what you think about the US government, but I don't think the Chinese
government should escape similar condemnation because of an accident of
Some factions in the US government would be very keen to "protect"
citizens. You begin with obvious topics like suppressing kiddie-porn,
and lever things up from there. There's a big fat middle ground of the
population who are willing to allow responsibility to be dictated by
fear just to make sure that any criminality is suppressed; they feel no
obligations to protect other minorities from friendly fire.