犯罪的民主人士

伦敦——前捷克共和国总统瓦茨拉夫·哈维尔登门拜访中国驻布拉格使馆要求释放作家刘晓波,这让我在似曾相识的同时又感到有些可怕。33年前,在哈维尔的努力下,出台了代表所有持不同政见者及铁幕笼罩下其他民众理想的标志性文件《77宪章》。

当然,哈维尔为此遭到了长期监禁。现在刘也因为大致同样的罪名被判处入狱11年:刘推出了或许迄今为止和平实现中国自由化的最勇敢的《08宪章》。

有人说无论是悲剧还是闹剧,历史都会不断地自我重复。中国政府试图以苏共时代的行为方式残酷压抑人们对于自由的渴望实际就是一场闹剧。以妄图推翻中国政府的荒唐罪名监禁刘晓波代表了典型的二十世纪共产主义封闭社会的思维方式,即由国家行使绝对权利,评判所有的思想和思想家。

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/PhQyz5A/zh;
  1. An employee works at a chemical fiber weaving company VCG/Getty Images

    China in the Lead?

    For four decades, China has achieved unprecedented economic growth under a centralized, authoritarian political system, far outpacing growth in the Western liberal democracies. So, is Chinese President Xi Jinping right to double down on authoritarianism, and is the “China model” truly a viable rival to Western-style democratic capitalism?

  2. The assembly line at Ford Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

    Whither the Multilateral Trading System?

    The global economy today is dominated by three major players – China, the EU, and the US – with roughly equal trading volumes and limited incentive to fight for the rules-based global trading system. With cooperation unlikely, the world should prepare itself for the erosion of the World Trade Organization.

  3. Donald Trump Saul Loeb/Getty Images

    The Globalization of Our Discontent

    Globalization, which was supposed to benefit developed and developing countries alike, is now reviled almost everywhere, as the political backlash in Europe and the US has shown. The challenge is to minimize the risk that the backlash will intensify, and that starts by understanding – and avoiding – past mistakes.

  4. A general view of the Corn Market in the City of Manchester Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

    A Better British Story

    Despite all of the doom and gloom over the United Kingdom's impending withdrawal from the European Union, key manufacturing indicators are at their highest levels in four years, and the mood for investment may be improving. While parts of the UK are certainly weakening economically, others may finally be overcoming longstanding challenges.

  5. UK supermarket Waring Abbott/Getty Images

    The UK’s Multilateral Trade Future

    With Brexit looming, the UK has no choice but to redesign its future trading relationships. As a major producer of sophisticated components, its long-term trade strategy should focus on gaining deep and unfettered access to integrated cross-border supply chains – and that means adopting a multilateral approach.

  6. The Year Ahead 2018

    The world’s leading thinkers and policymakers examine what’s come apart in the past year, and anticipate what will define the year ahead.

    Order now