"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
Like someone else also posted, it is not a communist regime, far from it. It is a fascist regime - just like in North Korea, USSR and some other countries. And even in the US - however in the US, the fact is (or was) hidden from the people for a long time. When people rebel, at last you see what a country really is. We don't have to look at North Korea to see "OMG DICTATORSHIP".
Simply look at who owns the place.
Is it the people? Good. (Iceland)
Is it a handful of people? Not good. (USA, North Korea, Vietnam)
Power corrupts. That's what it boils down to. It's my hope that Vietnam can get the revolution it needs. Granted, I know nothing about how the whole situation went down.
I read somewhere that people who are less ignorant, more knowledgeable about what goes on, tend to be the most depressed. Ignorance is bliss, as they say. In theory, it would serve a country well if all it took were ignorance to keep the populace happy, however the ignorant are the most dangerous, most likely to violently lash out. It would pay off in the long run for countries to educate the masses and change their ways where possible. Or be honest if they can't live up to their promises.
This is just my idealized view. I know it's a lot more complicated than that. Few people actually want to be saddled with such knowledge, because it would force them to be more responsible. XD; I'm sorry. I'm rambling...
XD the more I know, the more I feel regretful for how I used to act as a kid XD; I was always nicer, but I could still be a bitch... I managed to insult one of my best friends for being Mexican (she was actually from Puerto Rico, And I learned I was a racist little shit then! I'm much more tolerant now(many of my good friends being from Mexico and other hispanic regions), though listening to my parents I can see where a lot of that prior racism came from. I just never questioned anything before.
Ignorance is dangerous. It may be bliss (can't worry about what you don't know) but it's not bliss for anyone more enlightened. Despite your chemical imbalance, you seem like a very knowledgeable person. It's always fun to talk to you! You're also very noble and big-hearted, so it's like a double whammy just for that XD
Meanwhile the government here in the United States has burned children alive for their parents' participation in non-violent labor strikes, has jailed hundreds of Occupy protestors over the past couple of years, and even bursted into the home of a couple of innocent anarcho-capitalists with stun grenades and assault rifles ready simply because they owned black clothing, spray paint and... wait for it... a stick, then imprisoned them not for being guilty of terrorism (which they weren't), but for not testifying before grand jury.
thats another issue, which does not affect this one. If you have to justify the actions of one nation against its people, vs another nation doing the same, your buying into the traditional nationalist trap of divide in rule. (not to say all people can't be proud of their country, but they shouldn't step on other people's pride either).
So when Russia likes to tout its freedom, and points the spotlight at OWS, and how independants, third parties, and the American prison system. And then America does the same with its media and Russia, and its system.
Then you tell me your going to pick sides, when protestors world wide have the same complaints, and get the same responses, from authoritarian figures?
also, as much as I hate to say this, what happened to occupy was nothing compared to the sentences these people got.
The Ludlow Massacre, in 1914. Eleven children and four pregnant women were shot, burned and suffocated to death by the anti-unionist thugs of the Colorado National Guard, and nothing was done by the federal government to intervene until the unionists took up arms and started defending themselves, fighting the militias back. [link]
That's a shame- if you don't care. I mean, it's good that these people stood up and it sucks that they're going to prison. I wish that other people (in Vietnam) would protest, but the odds are slim-to-none...
Vietnam is in no way, shape or form a communist nation. Like the People's Republic of China, it is economically neoliberal. Furthermore income distribution is highly disproportionate there, making it essentially a capitalist plutocracy. Other forms of social inequality are rampant as well, making the nation's ideology entirely antithetical to the central tenet of communism thought: [link][link][link][link][link][link][link]
"Communism" is not a synonym for "authoritarianism".
If he wanted to be taken more seriously, it wouldn't kill him to be more eloquent instead of belting out an insult.
And I'm not being PC or "pretending to care". I'm merely bringing an article to DA that might interest some of the members who post on this forum. Sue me.
Lastly, there are quite a few dead-horse threads on this forum (including Infinite Tolerance and Meanus' increasingly stupid posts). I thought it would be good to post something different- something I think is important.
I wish more protesters came together, but the odds are next-to-nil, unfortunately.
I dig what you're saying, no offense taken or meant .
People are so contrarian these days that if you don't attempt to entertain them while trying to inform them, they will turn on you. Personally, I'd have created a thread about how great it is that Viet Nam is so citizen friendly that it doesn't need protesters anymore, and how we should be implementing similar controls on speech in the U.S. ASAP!
Yeah, at least we can all agree that meanus has lost it!