China's dictatorship facing press censorship crisis

The autocrats of China, having just installed a new generation of leadership led by Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping, is facing a burgeoning crisis over press censorship. This is emblematic of a wider crisis of legitimacy, as the dictatorship of the proletariat has morphed into the dictatorship of the rich and corrupt families who exploit the proletariat to fatten themselves, privilege their children, and grab all they can, while keeping criticism as muted as possible. Josh Chin and Brian Spegle of the Wall Street Journal describe the immediate crisis: On Monday, several hundred protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, to vent their anger at the reworking of a New Year's editorial that originally called for greater legal rights but ended up as a celebration of the government's achievements. "Abandon press censorship. Chinese people want freedom!" read a handwritten placard attached to a...(Read Full Post)