Similar and different – an occasional reflection
As huge economies with large and diverse populations, occupying about the same land area at about the same range of latitudes, China and the US have many similarities. Similarities extend to many elements of culture and institutions, good and bad. The similarities are often surprising; the differences confuse us, but may be a source of new perspectives.
Domestic and foreign affairs in 2018 – Xi, CCP, DJT, GOP – Part 4 of 5
Harmony and Trust - civility, social capital, civil society
I want to discuss how these three features of modern society – civility, social capital, and civil society – are now similar in Mr. Xi’s China under CCP domination and Mr. Trump’s US, under GOP domination. This is by no means a extended look, although this piece is longer than I intended.
Guo jin min tui is the Chinese phrase that expresses policy cycles over centuries – the state advances, the private retreats. When the state is strong, the room for private initiative declines. Both Mr. Xi and Mr. Trump would do well to consider the implications in this aphorism. Both are putting private ideas and private investment and the future of their societies at risk, despite their proclamations to the contrary. Lucian Pye told us how that works, more than thirty years ago.