Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:
Some things are so important that human beings cannot be beaten into accepting them. The pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong know this. They feel it viscerally. This may be the one single moment in history that hope for change in Hong Kong has a chance of success. If our courage and fortitude collapse easily, Beijing will publish dozens of articles claiming that the movement isn’t meaningful anyway — even as they re-double their efforts to make sure no one in Hong Kong ever thinks again, even for a second, about defiance of the Communist Party in Beijing.
Naturally, Beijing blames all this on other “foreign forces.” The truth is, people without democracy somehow, some way, eventually, almost always, become educated and aware and desirous of living life in freedom. No foreign hand need be at work. Human beings just naturally hate tyranny. Even when the tyranny brings wealth and other benefits.
The “foreign forces”…
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