R.I.P. Hong Kong

Skyline buildings in Hong Kong, China, May 28, 2020. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)
As Beijing brings the once-thriving, free city to heel, the West does nothing.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W hile it’s tempting to compare the present suppression of Hong Kong’s freedoms by Chinese Communists to the Soviet crushing of Hungary in 1956 or the Prague Spring of 1968, the situation probably has more in common with the events of 1947.

At the start of that year, Hungary was still nominally a republic, though Soviet troops had never left the country. After a string of dismal electoral showings — two years earlier, the Communists had only mustered 17 percent of the national vote — the Soviet Union was fed up with the vagaries of democracy. When the Western powers negotiated a

David Harsanyi is a senior writer for National Review and the author of First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun

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