America has lost its sense of purpose. Neither the left or right believe in championing democracy and human dignity abroad.
“My guess is that if technology helps the Hong Kong democracy protesters become 30 percent more effective, it helps the repressive state become 70 percent more effective.”
"But there’s something stubborn about the Hong Kongers and deceptively powerful about their cause. Other protesters dreamed of freedom. These people have already lived it. It’s part of their identity," writes
A mostly pessimistic view of Hong Kong’s prospects. Digital technologies help oppressors repress much more than they help freedom fighters coordinate. What Hong Kong has going for it is only that it has tasted freedom. via ⁦
On the Hong Kong protests, writes: "There’s something stubborn about the Hong Kongers and deceptively powerful about their cause. Other protesters dreamed of freedom. These people have already lived it."
In Hong Kong I saw the same turning to America that we see at democracy rallies everywhere, the same sense that America is a beacon in the struggle for freedom, the same expectation that of course America is going to step in and help.
We lived under the illusion that decentralized swarms of New Power geeks would be more technologically savvy than the clunky, Old Power hierarchies. That’s not true. China’s Communist government is more technologically advanced than the protesters.
Much food for thought in this superb column by . I want to quote every other line, but will instead just link.