Something there is that doesn't love a wall
By Scott Sumner
The Economist has an article that discusses the proposed US shutdown of WeChat. This caught my eye:
Foreigners in China have long relied on virtual private networks (vpns) to jump the great firewall. Now, Oscar Li, a postgraduate in Colorado, plans to do the reverse. After his mother in China heard the news about a possible WeChat ban, she called him, frantic with worry. He reassured her that he would download a vpn to circumvent the new great firewall of America.
A sign of the times.
Readers interested in China should also checkout a longer article in the same issue of The Economist, which provides an excellent discussion of recent changes in Chinese economic policy.
PS. Here’s a bit more from that famous Robert Frost poem:
Before I built a wall I’d ask to knowWhat I was walling in or walling out,And to whom I was like to give offense.Something there is that doesn’t love a wall