20 years ago, a young man stood alone in front of a tank in China.
Then this brave man stepped in front of that tank when it turned to drive around him. No one knows who this man is or what happened to him after this event, but we know that several hundred of his fellow students were killed by the military who were sent to break up a peaceful student protest for democracy.
Tiananmen Square is one of those things that most Western adults have heard of. This is because a few other brave people managed to smuggle images and the odd video out of China, to then be spread throughout the free world.
But times are changing.
The world seems to be more forgiving of China's government now that they own so much Western debt and arguably the strongest current economic position. More importantly, to those of us living here, the West seems to be slipping away from "free world" status. Unfortunately this is often a difficult reality to convince people about, thanks to a plentiful supply of entertainment and consumer choices. When these distractions fail, climate change and peak resources/energy are available to be used as excuses to restrict freedom. This is especially so when such a large amount of people seem unwilling to accept that with freedom comes significant responsibility.
How many of us would step in front of that tank?
3 weeks ago