State Insecurity.
April 23, 2004 7:56 AM   Subscribe

A sad story of self-interest and political naivete. A Washington Post feature about a small group of Chinese students and the government reaction to their political discussion group.
posted by jacquilynne (11 comments total)
I was initially going to say, that their treatment seemed crazy and was going to put it down to cultural differences and even ask what Japaneese might see as 'crazy' in western society.

Then I thought those poeple were idiots for going to Iraq as they were told not to and that their being idiots had not reversed but highlighted by their kidnap....idiots all of them..
posted by kenaman at 8:07 AM on April 23, 2004

I commented on the wrong link. Duh!
posted by kenaman at 8:24 AM on April 23, 2004

The benefits and drawbacks of peer pressure.
posted by Gyan at 8:42 AM on April 23, 2004

Funny how repressive regimes deal with dissidents. Not funny ha-ha, funny sad.
posted by haqspan at 1:59 PM on April 23, 2004

jacquilynne: for future reference, please try to post links that don't require a password-protected login in order to read the article. Based on your post, I'm interested in the article, but I don't want to give my email address to the Washington Post.
posted by Loudmax at 2:03 PM on April 23, 2004

WashPost requires log-ins these days?

Sorry. I read it through the customization option, and have been logged in for several years now. Thus, I didn't realize that their front page had gone to a log-in format.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:39 PM on April 23, 2004

I believe this is the same article, though I'm not positive it's the whole thing. I don't believe it requires a log-in, though, again, with persistent cookies, who knows anymore.
posted by jacquilynne at 2:46 PM on April 23, 2004

That one worked, and you're right: boy, is that a sad story. Thanks for posting it.
posted by languagehat at 5:06 PM on April 23, 2004

Or try any of these log ins. (i.e.

Thanks for the post, jacquilynne.
posted by rafter at 5:13 PM on April 23, 2004

And this is the country hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics.
posted by halonine at 8:11 PM on April 23, 2004

The sad/ironic/stupid thing is that it was just these kinds of youth groups that were the basis for the CCP and the PRC. The old men in charge fear they will overthrow - because they did it themselves.
posted by jb at 10:28 PM on April 23, 2004

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