|Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 3):|
How ethno of you...don't confuse individual people with their government. Yeah sure
He wasn't talking about individual people. He was talking about the Chinese, probably meaning the country of China.
It may not be democracy, but it is government by consent. If mainstream Chinese culture is upset with its abuses of religious freedom, it could say so. So far, nothing. Or, are they just too frightened, all billion of them?
To throw up your hands and say "governments do this, and do that" without giving people any responsibility, does not generally hold water. _Someone_ is responsible for these ridiculous, bone-chilling tirades against the Dalai Lama, and I favor all possible insults against _those_ people. Is it all Chinese, no. But it seems to be the ones in charge of writing the newspapers, and so on.
People (as collectives) do hold some responsibility for their government. In the USA's case, it's voters who voted in the ruling bloc. In China's case, there is also some responsibility. Mostly, China is a good world citizen. Its people should be proud. However, it also has problems and its people are responsible for that, too.
I used to think it's good enough to shrug and say "I didn't vote for that guy." But, if that's all people did, shrug and pass the buck, our problems wouldn't get fixed. The USA would not have been founded. The British monarchy would still be an absolute ruler. And so on.