A knowledge economy operating at the frontiers of technology is incompatible with a one-party state

‘If nobody can be safe, do we want this speed? Can we live in
apartments that do not fall down? Can the roads we drive on in our
cities not collapse? Can we travel in safe trains? And if there is a major accident can we not be in a hurry to bury the trains? Can we afford the people a basic sense of security?”

When a news anchor on China‘s
state TV feels he can say that on a broadcaster which has become the
world gold standard for censorship and propaganda, you know that
something profound is afoot. But it is not just the crash last weekend
outside Wenzhou, involving two high speed trains that cost 39 lives and some 190 injured, that
has appalled the country. It has been the Communist party’s attempt
once again to try to close down the whole affair that has aroused
passionate protest.

China will implode if it doesn’t change its authoritarian ways | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Observer

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