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  •  One advantage of authoritarianism (0+ / 0-)

    An authoritarian government that falls short of sociopathy or kleptocracy has more of a vested interest in long-term projects than does a democratically-elected government.  In China, the end date of the Communist Party's mandate is not fixed.  In the United States, elected officials at all levels serve for terms ranging from two to six years.  If a US President screws up, the problem he leaves behind ceases to be his within four years.  If a US Congress messes up, they can be replaced in two.  If the People's Congress in China screws up, then they have to deal with it indefinitely or the screwup's results will deal with them or their proteges.

    Another possibility could simply be that China has a longer, continuous history that the United States.  The United States has been a nation of sorts since 1776, in fact since 1783, under its Constitution since 1789 and referred to as one nation-state rather than a nation of states since 1865.  China dates itself to the Xia dynasty (2100-1600 BCE) and is dated the the Shang dynasty immediately following.  Any Chinese undergraduate can read Chinese literature that's 2000 years old;  English only attained its modern form about 500 years ago.  So, instead of remembering 4000 years of history and reading 2200 years of it, we share about 200 years of history and can read about 500 years of what our literary antecedents had to write.  

    2009: Year of the Donkey. Let's not screw it up.

    by Yamaneko2 on Sat Nov 21, 2009 at 10:14:26 PM PST

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