For those unaware, there have been protests in Hong Kong when China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) shot down pro-democracy activists demands to grant the people of Hong Kong the right to chose their own leader. The relationship that exists between Hong Kong and mainland China is a fairly unique situation. Since 1997, when the UK granted control over Hong Kong to China, there has been a “one country, two systems” form of government. With that said, Hong Kong enjoys a great degree of autonomy as it has separate judicial and political systems from mainland China.
So as the people of Hong Kong plead for democracy, we can only assume that they are terribly oppressed. Why else would there be such a demand for the right to vote? They probably have a terribly oppressive government in Hong Kong and reform is needed! Let us take a look at the Heritage Foundation Freedom Index to see where Hong Kong ranks in terms of freedom.
Behold, the oppressive tyranny:
Oh the irony! How could this be? Not only is Hong Kong deemed to be the freest place in the world, but right behind them in the #2 slot is another bastion of tyranny, Singapore. Also, it is interesting to note that the “Land of the Free” did not make the Top 10. Interesting… I thought democracy = freedom? If voting to be able to violate the property rights of others and rob them of the fruits of their labor is not freedom, then I don’t know what is.
Who is behind this plot to bring democracy to Hong Kong? Of course, it is our good friends from the Occupy Movement. They call themselves the Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP). Of course, we all know that the Occupy movement is all about “love and peace.” So the bad Communists want to bring democracy to Hong Kong and the good Communists want Hong Kong to remain the same. So many Communists… as you can see China is a very confusing place.
Much like the OWS protesters sought to disrupt the markets on Wall Street, their Asian counterparts threaten to do the same thing in the Hong Kong Financial District. Nothing says “love and peace” like disrupting financial markets that affect millions of people worldwide.
The truth is that democracy is not freedom. Just because 51% of the population believe in a certain policy, doesn’t mean that policy is the right thing to do. Let us ask ourselves, “what is the purpose of government?” Is it to provide law and order in order to allow civilization to thrive? Or is the purpose of government to let us do whatever we want to do? If 51% says it is so, then it is so. Have you met the average voter? How knowledgeable is that person on government policy? Now just imagine this: that half of the people are even more uninformed than that guy.
What do you want people of Hong Kong? You are already so free and prosperous! Do not ruin the great thing that you have going for yourselves with suffrage. Suffrage is overrated. Do not mistake the right to vote as a form of freedom. It is not. It will ultimately lead to your own demise as the spirit of the demos consumes the wealth and prosperity of Hong Kong, slowly but surely, over time.