Microsoft, Yahoo, and other multinational tech companies headquartered here in the USA are helping the Chinese government and other totalitarian regimes violate the human rights of their citizen. At CNET’s News.com today, there is a story headline “Congress looks askance at firms that bow to China” Apparently some of our representatives in the US Congress are questioning whether or not it should be legal for a US company to directly facilitate foreign dictators in their efforts to abridge the God-given and inalienable right of free speech, free press, and so forth. What do you think? Is this a moral issue, or is it strictly politics?
My own highly tuned sense of right and wrong believes that it is immoral for anyone to help dictators oppress their people even if they can make a lot of money doing it. If we let Google, Yahoo and Microsoft censor what Chinese citizens can say on the Internet, how are we going to keep them from doing it to us right here in the US? Sure, these companies want the extra revenues from being BIG in those countries just like they are BIG here at home. But that sounds to me like a personal problem. If they can’t make an honest profit without doing business with tyrants, then they should remain small companies. So what is the problem? We don’t let Americans violate the rights of other Americans. Why should we let them violate the rights of foreigners? Isn’t the US Constitution for the protection of ALL flesh? God said so himself, didn’t he? If it is illegal for Americans to violate the rights of other Americans, it should be illegal for Americans to violate the rights of Chinese citizens too, even if it is legal in China. That just proves that the government in China is immoral and has immoral laws. Do we have to be complicit in their crimes against their own people? Where is the morality in that?
Of course, there may be other American companies that are aiding and abetting the Chinese government, and the totalitarian governments of other nations too. If we pass laws against this kind of behavior by Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo, what are we going to do about companies like Wal-Mart? Doesn’t Wal-Mart help the Chinese prevent labor unions over there? For that matter, how does Wal-Mart get away with preventing labor unions among their employees here in the USA? I never did understand that.
What do you think?