It is inconceivable to me that some leaders feel that the best way to maintain order is with force, and when resistance appears, increase the force.  Here are some accounts of a recent incident in China!

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Tiananmen Square

Photo from Reuters and theguardian.com,

“On October 28, an SUV driven by a Uyghur man and containing two members of his family rammed into a crowd at Tiananmen Square, killing two tourists. The vehicle’s occupants then lit themselves on fire.

This is a serious problem because it may portend a cycle whereby violence triggers repression and tighter repression begets additional violence.

Violence in Xinjiang appears to be worsening significantly, despite Beijing’s large commitment of money and manpower to… preempt social disorder.

A gaping socioeconomic divide helps fuel violence in Xinjiang and such gaps exist elsewhere in China as well, raising the specter of additional attacks throughout the country as unhappy groups without a real political voice turn to violence as an outlet for their grievances.

The recent attacks point to a future in which repression alone will no longer be enough to guarantee stability.

The current problems emanating from Xinjiang increasingly point to a future in which repression alone will not be enough.”

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There is a great lesson in this for societies of all kinds…including businesses.  It speaks to inclusion, involvement, and participation.  Failure to include all people/groups in the goals, actions and opportunities/rewards of an organization, leads to a state of repression or oppression that tears at the basic fabric of that organization, and lead to its ultimate failure.

Dickens quote from “A Christmas Carol”…

“This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both…but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom”.

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Click the link below to read the full article…very interesting!

http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/08/the-limits-of-chinas-surveillance-state/3/?all=true&goback=.gde_2545780_member_5795907781366157312