New York Times contributor Li Yuan writes that in the aftermath of the pandemic, China is more free than the United States and that Americans should envy that “freedom.”
In the latest New York Times op-ed against Western democracy and culture, Li Yuan wrote that Communist China is a more free nation than the United States or any of its Western allies.
Li wrote, “The pandemic has upended many perceptions, including ideas about freedom. Citizens of China don’t have freedom of speech, freedom of worship, or freedom from fear—three of the four freedoms articulated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt—but they have the freedom to move around and lead a normal day-to-day life. In a pandemic year, many of the world’s people would envy this most basic form of freedom.”
Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, China had implemented extreme lockdown measures. People were locked into their homes waiting to die. This extreme lockdown strategy was a violation of human rights. That is not something new to the Chinese government.
Li continued, “While many countries are still reeling from Covid-19, China—where the pandemic originated—has become one of the safest places in the world. The country reported fewer than 100,000 infections for all of 2020. The United States has been reporting more than that every day since early November.”
Li also noted that “China’s freedom of movement comes at the expense of nearly every other kind. The country is about the most surveilled in the world. The government took extreme social-control measures at the beginning of the outbreak to keep people apart—approaches that are beyond the reach of democratic governments.”
Li included a quote from a businessman who spend time in China after being in the west, saying “China ‘feels a bit like the Epcot Center at Disney… It’s like the microcosm of the West is still here, but the West is shut down at the moment.'”
This should not be the goal for a truly free nation. Instead, nations that are founded on individual freedom should not be closed. They should be places where their people are free from the limits of big government.
“It isn’t clear whether this shift in perception can be sustained after the pandemic ends,” Li added. “But the West may find it has to work harder to sell its vision of freedom after China has made its model seem so attractive.”
This is not the first time The New York Times has published op-eds and articles that criticize America’s goal of true freedom and limited government, but this article has gone too far. It is a blatant promotion of communism that undermines American democracy and values.