A Chinese paper called Zhou Jun’s defeat “disgraceful.”
What does Olympic obsession do for—or to—the athletes subjected to it? And what does it gain the average citizen? China’s intermittent lead in the medal count speaks to the strength of its “national system” (举国体制) for training elite sportsmen, a Soviet-style program of gruelling training. Some netizens want to know what good the national system does the country as a whole. (original post)Continue reading »
The following examples of censorship instructions, issued to the media and/or Internet companies by various central (and sometimes local) government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. Chinese journalists and bloggers often refer to those instructions as “Directives from the Ministry of Truth.” CDT has collected the selections we translate here from a variety of sources and has checked them against official Chinese media reports to confirm their implementation. (Full list here)Continue reading »
‘No bourgeois, no democracy’ is a formula made famous during the 1960s by the American scholar Barrington Moore Jr. It’s still frequently quoted in the academic literature. When explaining the connections between modern parliamentary democracy and market capitalism, some scholars, journalists and politicians even regard it as a ‘law’ founded on solid statistical evidence.
The formula has old roots. A most interesting and still-relevant version is found in Joseph Schumpeter’s classic Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, published exactly 60 years ago this month. When re-reading it recently, I was struck by its daring rhetoric. ‘History clearly confirms’, wrote Schumpeter, ‘modern democracy is a product of the capitalist process.’ Generalising from the special case of Britain and the Low Countries, he noted how the early modern property-owning bourgeoisie, unlike previous classes, imagined their interests were ‘best served by being left alone’. The bourgeoisie was a class whose identity depended upon freeing property from controls based on tradition, church and monarchy. Contemptuous of cramps on its own power, the bourgeoisie favoured restraints upon others, especially those classes (the aristocracy) that had taken refuge in state structures. The early bourgeoisie had parliamentary democracy in its veins. Hence its attraction to civil and political freedoms, periodic elections and constitutional government.
Two interesting articles about the current revival of Confucianism in China. One article appeared as a recent New York Times op-ed piece by Jiang Qing (founder of the Yangming Confucian Academy in Guiyang) and Daniel A. Bell (a prominent Canadian scholar of Chinese politics). The other, a critical assessment of Qing and Bell’s ideas, appeared on The Conversation July 21, 2012.
By JIANG QING and DANIEL A. BELL – NY Times Published: July 10, 2012 – A version of this op-ed appeared in print on July 11, 2012, on page A25 of the New York edition with the headline: A Confucian Constitution For China.