Goldberg: Maybe liberty isn’t a lost cause in China

Here's a crazy idea: Maybe the forces of liberty will win. Sadly, few people are rooting for liberty these days, and even among those who are, there's a dismaying amount of pessimism about its prospects.,Consider China. There's a new bipartisan consensus these days: The "elites" made a "bad bet" on China. We were told by “elites” that giving China access to the global marketplace would deliver huge economic benefits for America. Simultaneously, economic liberalization in China would lead to political liberalization. After all, the history of democratization usually begins with growing prosperity. As the middle class gets richer, it demands rights and protections once enjoyed only by aristocrats — i.e. political representation and the rule of law. (Balt. Sun)

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