LIKE PORN, CULTURE IS HARD TO DEFINE

LIKE PORN, CULTURE IS HARD TO DEFINE

I may not be able to define it exactly, but I know it when I see it.                 Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, addressing a case about pornography   Potter Stewart famously made this statement (paraphrased) referencing pornography.  There are a lot of...
IS IT BIGOTED TO CRITICIZE CULTURE?

IS IT BIGOTED TO CRITICIZE CULTURE?

Is it racist to criticize a particular society’s culture?  Does “tolerance” require us to respect all cultures?    The short answer to the above questions is “No.”  It is not bigoted to comment upon or criticize culture because culture is a real aspect of the human...
CULTURE: THE LINK BETWEEN CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY

CULTURE: THE LINK BETWEEN CAPITALISM AND DEMOCRACY

“China’s real social reform will come from the people themselves.  Civil awareness is consolidating as the economy grows and rights protection is enhancing.”  Hu Jia, Chinese activist   The Chinese government might not be moving toward democracy, but the Chinese...
CAPITALISM PAVES THE WAY FOR DEMOCRACY

CAPITALISM PAVES THE WAY FOR DEMOCRACY

It’s the economy, stupid.   We vote every two years.  Some vote less frequently.  Many never vote.  But we go to work, buy stuff, and pay bills every day.  Losing your job means more to just about everyone than losing an election.  That is why former President Bill...
POOR COUNTRIES MAKE FOR BAD DEMOCRACIES

POOR COUNTRIES MAKE FOR BAD DEMOCRACIES

If you don’t like our assertions that “Democracy isn’t dead in China” and that “China is closer to real democracy than India,” then you are going to absolutely hate our next comment which is as follows: Driving is a leading indicator of democracy.  A country with good...
ELECTIONS AREN’T ENOUGH

ELECTIONS AREN’T ENOUGH

When they tell you that “India is the largest democracy in the world,” they don’t tell you that an estimated 1.8 million people (possibly many more) are victims of police torture each year in India.   They also don’t tell that India’s democracy has “bribery at all...
RETHINKING DEMOCRATIZATION

RETHINKING DEMOCRATIZATION

Why democracy in China isn’t dead. Why China is closer to real democracy than India.   Democracy is dead in China. That’s what you hear.  President Xi Jinping is rolling back political freedoms and wants to rule forever so democracy doesn’t stand a chance.    We made...