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Capitalism Did It

stuiec Wrote: Aug 03, 2012 9:15 PM
An interesting side effect of economic freedom and the development it brings is the growing realization on the part of the populace that political freedom is just as desirable, and a necessary bulwark to protect economic gains. It's less galling when a corrupt bureaucrat steals a tiny bit from you when you have next to nothing -- the theft leaves you in much the same position you were before -- but when you have something to protect, you begin to fear and hate that corrupt bureaucrat for trying to take it from you. So in a way, capitalism is to blame for the unrest in China -- not because socialist support systems are disappearing, but because it means the Chinese people now want a government that respects their private property rights.
A young Chinese man is under arrest for a rampage killing in Liaoning province. The knife-wielding 17-year-old reportedly killed eight people, including two relatives of his estranged girlfriend, and wounded five others.

Terrible story. But Agence France-Presse, in an account widely circulated by Yahoo and other news outlets, knew just whom to blame: capitalism. AFP explained, "Violent crime has been on the rise in China in recent decades as the nation's economy has boomed and the gap between rich and poor has expanded at an alarming rate.

Experts say the increase in assaults shows that China is...