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China To Develop 4 Year Human Rights Plan…. Hooray?

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 13, 2011

China, some countries would contend, has a shaky history with human rights.

678 × 372 – Chinese execution fields.

But in their defense, the Chinese use this notion of ‘Asian value’s or an idea that economic prosperity comes first and then such frivolities as freedom of speech, expression, internet, opinion and such. But, as they feel themselves being pushed into respecting all of the ‘little guys’ upon whose heads they have stood and from whose pockets they’ve taken some cash every now and again, they will now allow the locals more ‘human rights’. Story from Yahoo here.
The no bullshit answer is that yes they will, but China defines human rights primarily in terms of cash. This is their definition of quality of life. They contend that by not living with pigs as they did thirty years ago, (this is true) that the common Chinaman is better off, and maybe he is. But then again who wouldn’t want to get out of the house which includes a sty? They compare the lot of a people who just forty years ago were literally starving but fail to see the big picture and how far the rest of us have come vz human rights. I guess at the end of the day we must just accept them and wait to see what happens.

2 Responses to “China To Develop 4 Year Human Rights Plan…. Hooray?”

  1. gowron said


  2. Bill Rich said

    The plan is to eradicate all trace of human rights in two years.

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