KRAKOW, POLAND — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday warned that governments around the world are increasingly restricting civil-society groups, and pledged $2 million for a new fund to help the organizations. “We must be wary of the steel vice in which many governments around the world are slowly crushing civil society and the human spirit,” Clinton told an international meeting of democratic countries in this southern Polish city. […]
Clinton said 50 countries had increased restrictions on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) over the past six years. A particularly insidious development, she said, was the growing tendency of countries to allow such groups to operate but require that they register and promote the government’s agenda.
Technically speaking, if governments — all of them — stopped restricting non-government organization, what would there be left for government to do?