"A big lesson of the past twenty years has been “actually liberal democracy isn’t necessary to reach developed-country status”, so it would be quite the twist if it turned out you needed liberal democracy to reach developed-country status. This gets pretty close to the great mystery of why some less-developed countries “catch up” and others don’t; whatever happens in China is going to be a really useful data point." - Astral Codex Ten
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
Anyone who thinks that powerful Communist Party officials didn't sexually harass or assault with as much or more impunity as the powerful in America is on crack. The main difference between China and America is that while the powerful could, at least until recently, make you figuratively disappear from public view and fame, the Chinese Communist Party can LITERALLY make you disappear:
UPDATE: In which I still don't believe those liars:
UPDATE: Still not buying it:
From the Hong Kong Political Prisoners Database: “There have been 1,014 political prisoners in Hong Kong from June 9, 2019, to May 10, 2022...
They do seem to drive the media conversation: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/20/trump-senate-budget-vote-tweets-243983?lo=ap_c1 I...
At least Kentucky tried to cut down on the red tape by having judges pre-sign blank emergency orders... https://reason.com/2019/05/09/kent...