Hong Kong Protests 2019



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The Hong Kong protests provide insight into the dynamics of malignant government.  But before that, first, some context. China, in a treaty with Britain, is essentially supposed to leave Hong Kong to govern itself until 2047.  But, China's desire to usurp the wealth and power of Hong Kong has led it to slowly encroach against the treaty to the alarm of those in Hong Kong.  The particular way in which China has encroached recently is by an extradition bill, allowing China to force anyone it deems breaking a chinese law to be extradited out of Hong Kong.  And, the problem with this is that China can say anyone has broken a law, and, consequently, with this extradition bill, no one in Hong Kong is safe from the wrath of China.  So, the people of Hong Kong protest.  And, China has flexed its muscles by having Hong Kong companies fire and penalize anyone who supported the protests; and, it flexed its muscles by having the Hong Kong proxy government use police brutality against protestors.
From the protests we can see that, without force, in this case, by means of mass protests, the citizenry is helpless against a malignant government.  And, it is only because the people of Hong Kong were so united against the extradition bill that they could oppose the encroachment by the Chinese government.  If the Hong Kong people were not united in mass, they would have stood no chance.  

And, this presents another dynamic: the superiority of the US system.  The importance of giving each individual citizen the power to fight malignant government.  Because, all a malignant government would need to do to adequately oppress a citizenry is to sufficiently divide the citizenry such that the divided groups were small enough not to present a threat.  So goes the expression, "divide and conquer".  And, divided, there would be no majority standing up.  And, without a majority standing up against the government, with only weak minorities possessing weak rights,  the government could take down the individual minority groups one by one.  A well known reflection on the Holocaust by a German Pastor named Martin provides this dynamic.  The quote goes

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

It is the effort of the construction of the US to give rights to individual citizens sufficient that minority groups can be strong enough to adequately defend themselves against a malignant government.  And, these rights come in the form the Bill of Rights.  If, for instance, you did not have the right to freedom of speech, then the first speech against the actions of government would be cut off and no traction against government malignancy could ever form.

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