When I was in elementary school I had a friend from China. He lived with his mom, and his dad didn't come to live with them until several years later. That's because he was sitting in a Chinese prison for a decade for the crime of criticizing the government
What do you have to say to that, Tom Friedman? Is that an acceptable cost in exchange for the benefit of a strong central government that doesn't have to entertain the objections of different parties? He would never say it, but you know what? They do believe that's an acceptable cost, especially since it wouldn't be them, the elitist....mandarins....that they are.