Megan McArdle from WAPO on Apple caving to the Chinese government on the Hong Kong protester app:
Those business “leaders” who have tacitly endorsed Chinese policy are too afraid of losing their access to China’s 1.4 billion consumers, or its marvelously cheap and efficient supply chains, to bother about any of that. And in fairness, they do have a duty to protect shareholders’ investments and to increase their value if possible, and therefore arguably have no moral obligation to stand up for liberty.
I understand the sentiment but suppose McArdle was Apple’s CEO and decided to not back down. China could stop all Apple manufacturing and sales throughout China. Hundreds of millions of Apple customers would be affected– no iPhones, iPads, or Macs, not to mention millions of jobs.
Pragmatism rules in life.