BEIJING - Microsoft Corp. has shut down the Internet journal of a Chinese blogger that discussed politically sensitive issues, including a recent strike at a Beijing newspaper.
The action came amid criticism by free-speech activists of foreign technology companies that help the communist government enforce censorship or silence dissent in order to be allowed into China’s market.
Although no where near as tragic or criminal, it was this same type of thinking that drove doctors and scientists in Nazi Germany to conduct experiments on the "lesser" peoples. In their mind and somewhat in reality, a lack of will to do that type of work meant that they would get no funds to do any work and, therefore, would not be able to provide for their families. They also firmly believed that if they didn't do it, some other German would be more than willing to take their position and do what was "necessary".
At places like Auschwitz the killing was regarded as a means of healing Germany and curing it of the racial disease, thus leading to what has been called the "healing-killing paradox" wherein SS doctors could get around issues of moral and ethical conscience concerning their medicalized killing and experimentation because they equated killing with healing. Murder was to them a furthering of their commitment as doctors to the preservation and enhancement of life, as it was seen ideologically as purification (Lifton 224).
Or maybe the tact that MS is taking is worse because it's not driven by ideology but rather by greed. MS is taking the stance that if they don't comply with the local laws of the country, then they will be left out of that market. When a company's ideals and morality loses the fight with the company's desire to "make a buck", it may be time for consumers and company employees to decide if that the type of company they want to do business with. How many yuan will it take to fill the hole left by the willing destruction of the freedom of speech?