What does Sun Yat-Sen mean is his quote ... "An individual should not have too much freedom. A nation should have absolute freedom."  

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Sun Yat-Sen was a Chinese revolutionary.  He has been called the “Chinese George Washington” by some.  He was highly influential in creating the China we know today.

Look at how this quote contrasts the rights of the individual versus the country.  Unlike our American democracy, where people have unalienable rights and the rights of the government are limited, Sun Yat-Sen is suggesting that the government should be able to do whatever it wants and the people should have limited rights.

Sun Yat-Sen built the Chinese government around the idea that that government knows best, not the people.  The needs of the government should take precedence.  This is in line with the Chinese belief that the individual’s needs should be second to the collective needs of the government.