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The Chinese Emperor's New Economic Clothes

All economic data contain errors, but China’s are a work of art. Like its numbers on COVID-19 infections and deaths, its official economic statistics are political artifacts, carefully devised to cloak the failings and trumpet the superiority of China’s one-party Silvrback blog imagepolitical capitalist system over our liberal-democratic . . .

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April 24, 2020

Two Epidemics in Three Chinas

Emperor Renzong, Xi Jinping’s ‘Party-State,’ and democratic Taiwan

As the coronavirus pandemic that began in China makes its way among us, with a modest cough and a friendly handshake,  it brings to my bookish mind another epidemic in that Silvrback blog imagecountry, the one that sets in motion the classic Chinese novel “The Outlaws of the Marsh.” That was in the reign of Emperor Renzong (AD 1022-1063), the . . .

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April 05, 2020

'Battleship Potemkin': A Gift for Violence

I watched ‘Battleship Potemkin’ again the other day, on streaming video, after – well, a very long time.  This 1925 communist propaganda film by Soviet director Sergei Silvrback blog imageEisenstein draws loosely on historical events, the mutiny aboard a ship of the Russian imperial navy, during the failed 1905 revolution against the . . .

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February 08, 2018

“Do you Rejoice for China?” Up to a point, Dr. Taylor, up to a point.

Timothy Taylor tells us that he rejoices at the great improvement in Chinese living standards since 1980, and wants to know if we feel the same way.

Silvrback blog image“…one might ask: Do you rejoice that China’s economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the most dire and terrible poverty? Or do you wish the process . . .

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December 12, 2017

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