QatzelOk wrote:In the West, freedom of speech means that large corporations are allowed to fund propaganda and have it delivered to the masses. Corporations were free to move all our jobs to countries with much worse work and environmental standards, and the media these corporations owned are free to scapegoat other nations using racism dog whistles.
The first point is why some people now choose to believe "alternative media". I agree that some people simply lack critical thinking (and probably won't hurt if the said freedom is removed from them), but that does not mean such freedom is itself wrong, and advocation of an alternative ideology which enables systematic oppression of such freedom is not right either.
The second point is simply irrelevant. On a side note Trump's rise helped sounding the alarm on that (although it is understandable that some see him as the worse manifest of what he claims to fight himself). IMHO the tide is definitely turning for this one.
For the third point, if I am a foreigner battering China, I should fully accept whatever shit is thrown at me through this point, but I am 100% Chinese myself and have been to China for quite a while. I have to say that China indeed asked for it. Meanwhile I do have some soft spot on countries like Iran, who at least made some attempt to be democratic with recognisable success.