[WikiEN-l] Tearing down the Chinese Firewall

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sun May 14 21:09:01 UTC 2006

Rob wrote:

>On 5/13/06, Prasad J <prasad59 at 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" its
>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.


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