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June 17, 2014 5:00 PM

Capitalism encourages, but doesn’t ensure, freedom

The 25th anniversary of the protests in Tiananmen Square on June 4 passed largely unnoticed in mainland China. This dismal indifference to an awful atrocity should be blamed as much on a rising, self-absorbed middle class as state censorship. But this wasn’t the only sobering recent news for those of us who prize individual liberty and the political methods — popular participation in government — best equipped to secure it.

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