America's Fundamental Misunderstanding of China Western liberal democracy would 1 day ago   04:06

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Singaporean diplomat Kishore Mahbubani believes that while the political freedoms in China haven't increased, the personal freedoms of the Chinese people have.

From Kishore Mahbubani's Long Now Seminar “Has the West Lost it? Can Asia Save It?”:
http://longnow.org/seminars/02018/apr/23/has-west-lost-it-can-asia-save-it/

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Western liberal democracy would America's Fundamental Misunderstanding of China 1 day ago   1:39:26

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Filmed at the Emmanuel Centre on 7th November 2012.

Event info:

People everywhere are better off living in liberal democracy: that has been the reigning assumption of the western world. But could it be we've got it wrong? If you were one of the world's billions of poor peasants might you not be better off under a system dedicated to political stability and economic growth -- one that has lifted 400 million out of poverty -- rather than one preoccupied with human rights, the rule of law, and the chance to vote out unpopular rulers? Thanks to the Chinese model of government life expectancy in Shanghai is now higher than in New York.

So is China better off without democracy? Or is that just the age-old mantra of the tyrant? That's the clash of civilisations that played out on November 7th.