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Originally posted by timbatu at 2010-3-24 07:40 PM
Many naïve Chinese scholars think democracy when fancying Europe or the US.
u r talking about the chinese merchant class, who traditionally have been the lowest rank in chinese society. but ever since the western barbarians came to asia, bring along capitalism, these merchant class turned opportunists, exploiting their own countrymen by leveraging on the military might of the barbarians.
and when they saw democracy being a breeding group for politicians, which chinese had none, they embraced democracy. so, that's essentially the story about democratic taiwan and all the barbarian wannabes in china's cities.
china has always had meritocracy. and china's culture of harmony and benevolence is structured on the social hierarchy of scholars, farmers, laborers(today's techies) and merchants. historically, when such a social system was upheld, china did well. but once a while the merchants, often allying themselves with militants, climbed out of their gutters and right to the top, then chaos emerged.
the world should learn this from china.