02 June 2012

June 4, 1989

The day China lost its innocence.  Beginning on June 5, 1989, China's State and Society made an informal social compact:  The State provides material wealth, and Society accepts single-party rule.

Ever since then, China has become quite soulless.  The relentless pursuit of material wealth has led to shoddy products, poisonous foodstuffs, deadly medicines and questionable ethos.  The Chinese public didn't even bat an eye when a young contestant on a dating show said that she would rather cry in a BMW than laugh on a 

The following piece from Frontline on the iconic Tank Man of Tiananmen 1989 is quite good:

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