A man waves a US national flag at an anti-government rally in Hong Kong in 2019. Photo: AFP
A man waves a US national flag at an anti-government rally in Hong Kong in 2019. Photo: AFP
Martin Powers
Opinion

Opinion

Martin Powers

In Hong Kong, the US and Britain, the truth about ‘liberty’ will set you free

  • Most people think liberty refers to the protection of universal rights but for most of British history it meant special privileges enjoyed by groups
  • Groupthink shaped policy in colonial Hong Kong and Western democracies did not raise serious objections even when human rights norms were violated

A man waves a US national flag at an anti-government rally in Hong Kong in 2019. Photo: AFP
A man waves a US national flag at an anti-government rally in Hong Kong in 2019. Photo: AFP
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