So let's say it again: There is no such thing as an efficient dictatorship. Only, when you say it this time, think of Google and China. Yes, it's true that Google should take great shame in kowtowing to the Butchers of Beijing, but that's not the whole story... What will Google do for China? The answer is: Less than it's done for us.But it's not the end of the world, either.
In a high-tech economy, the free flow of information defines how competitive a people can be... China is trying to compete in the high-tech economy, while crippling the tools that make such competition possible.
I don't mean to say that you shouldn't be mad at Google. I am, and will be so long as they continue with such repugnant business practices. And don't get me wrong – having Google, even a restricted version, will in some small way prolong China's dictatorship. And the Chinese people will suffer, by losing what could have been a sharp weapon in their fight for freedom.
Read VP's whole opinion here: 'The China Syndrome' - Vodka Pundit