You can't have communism and a free press. This hasn't worked anywhere.
Has anyone even tried it?
clamping down on the press is much harder in a functioning capitalist society
Argh! FFS, Israel is more "communist" than the Chinese. Viktor Belenko, the Soviet MiG pilot, found the U.S. to be more "communist" than the Soviet Union.
Ideal Communism: classless, status-less society in which the needs of everyone are advanced in equal measure; health insurance for everyone; shiny happy people dancing beneath a rainbow...
Real Communism: The attempt of transitioning to Ideal Communism gone horribly awry; no freedom of speech, press etc.; political prisoners rotting away in gulags; a ruling party with rampant nepotism;
Don't forget how, immediately after 9/11, the US came close to bombing Al-Jazeera's headquarters. At this point I presume they have a back-door agreement with the US to operate, as long as they don't say anything too incendiary, and I imagine their newsroom has at least a couple of folks on the CIA payroll.
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