The Barrel of the Pen

Nicholas D. Kristof has a NYT Op/Ed piece called Death by a Thousand Blogs. It’s about a grassroots journalist in China named Li Xinde. Accompanying this article is a flash multimedia piece. A slide show of images with a voice over and a bit of video. This video is of Li Xinde who says,

“Our party has relied on two barrels, the barrel of the gun and the barrel of the pen. The old revolutionaries came to power with the barrel of the gun. Guns are still in the hands of the party, but public opinion is now much harder to control.”

There are many significant differences between China and the United States, but how is this quote any less relevant to the Bush government’s media hegemony?