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Robert Rowshan
Posted over 1 year ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
An absurd talk delivered by one of China's "princelings": http://shanghaiist.com/2013/06/14/eric_x_li_ted_global_2013_chinese_meritocracy.php http://uselesstree.typepad.com/useless_tree/2012/05/reply-to-eric-x-li-cultures-are-not-incommensurate-and-the-ccp-is-not-confucuian.html What China has achieved has been in spite of its political structure, not thanks to it.
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Robert Rowshan
Posted over 1 year ago
Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
false equivalency, a rather common logical fallacy In the united states and other liberal democracies we have a free press, freedom of movement, association and protest as well as many other rights which do not exist in China. This allows for a healthy debate and airing of dirty laundry - see the recent NSA Snowden whistleblower scandal and the ensuing whirlwind of articles, reports and opinion pieces in the media about it. The US has weathered such scandals and come out healthier and stronger because its political system allows for self-correction and learning. China's does not. This is why they have a massive army of cyber police watching every word uttered on weibo. Why a simple painter is put in jail. Why thousands of people are "disappeared". If it wasn't for the enomity of the tragedy, Eric's claim for 'competence' would be laughable. Mao was responsible for 45 million deaths - more than WWI.