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Do we sufficiently love our thought leaders, our public intellectuals and our tall poppies?

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China’s Economy Is Not Overtaking America’s

Michael Beckley writes in 2020: China’s economic growth over the past three decades has been spectacular, even miraculous. Yet the veneer of double-digit growth rates has masked gaping liabilities that limit China’s ability to close the wealth gap with the … Continue reading

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The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China

Here are some highlights from this book by Julia Lovell: * The London Missionary Society had sent out their first man to south China, Robert Morrison, in 1807. Not long after his arrival, he had been asked whether he hoped … Continue reading

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What If Authoritarian Governments Are More Effective With The Corona Virus?

What if China deals effectively with Corona and it takes the West 12-18 months to do what China might have done in two months? Will we see permanent political change towards authoritarianism in the West as a result?

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Maoism: A Global History

Julia Lovell writes in her 2019 book: * After 1949, the book’s [Red Star Over China] message would come full circle. Even though Mao himself never showed any desire to go back to Yan’an, the symbolic birthplace of Maoism, he … Continue reading

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