Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Capitalism or democracy?
Those two ideologies aren't usually at loggerheads, but the zeal for the almighty dollar is causing American companies to choose the former over the latter.
Google is the latest webco to agree to censor its results in China, adhering to the country's free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet's fastest growing market.
Microsoft has already buckled to the Chinese government ("Man of the Year," indeed). If there's a choice to be made between free expression and free markets, it shouldn't be a contest. Now, thanks to these Internet behemouths, pro-democracy groups will have a much tougher time spreading their message within China's borders.
God bless the U.S.A.!