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Hear what happens when freedom replaces tyranny

Posted: January 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm   /   by

Everything good that Ying Ma describes comes from the degree to which China has gotten more free.

Everything bad that Ying Ma describes comes from those areas in which China still clings to outmoded statist models.

Now, either Ying Ma is terribly biased, or China’s economic liberalization is example #49,341 of why freedom works and statism doesn’t.


“For a long time, people were not allowed to have dogs in the city, because that was also a capitalist indulgence,” says Ying Ma, author of the memoir Chinese Girl in the Ghetto, which chronicles her childhood in China’s final days of communism.

Ma’s family lived through the crumbling of Maoism and the rise of economic liberalism, and talked with Reason TV about the dramatic changes that Chinese citizens saw in their everyday lives.

“For the first time, people got to choose where to work. For the first time, they got to choose where to live. For the first time, they actually got to choose what to buy on the market,” says Ma.

Ma also discusses the future of the Chinese economy and explains why pundits like Thomas Friedman are mistaken to laud China’s continued authoritarian rule.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook


  1. SaddenedOne says:

    Is it just me, or does outmoded/outdated get used subjectively? This article talks of the old models that just don’t work, and that China needs to get with the times, and people need to not be supporting oppressive antiquated individuals, but we only look at other countries as being stuck in the past. We use force, to get democracy in a form we want, in other countries, then tell others to not even have our name in their mouth, when they talk.. We hide our mistakes and evils, and uncover the same in other nations.. We seem to be quite the hypocrite by having interviews like this, but decrying the ones that apply to us as slander or falsehoods.  Our capitalists can be, and at times, are evil as some of Chinese Communists, if not more..

Hear what happens when freedom replaces tyranny