Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

As a passionate believer in freedom and democracy, this article captivated my attention. It’s a very important read.

via Singapore Challenges the Idea That Democracy Is the Best Form of Governance – Harvard – Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

If we look around the World’s leading democracies, like the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada or Australia, one is acutely aware that some people are more equal than others.

Any thoughts on the prognosis for democracy?

Class prejudice knocks out ladders of success – People’s Daily Online

English: Logo of the People's Daily 中文: 人民日报题字

English: Logo of the People’s Daily 中文: 人民日报题字 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China‘s leading paper, People’s Daily, takes a hard-swipe at increasing class prejudice in the UK. It’s a recommended read.

via Class prejudice knocks out ladders of success – People’s Daily Online.

The article does not compare it to the more serious problem of nepotism in China’s modern society. It’s impossible for university graduates to get a start in China’s major organizations, unless they know somebody there. Consequently, wealth and privilege matter just as much in China as in the West. Also there’s a growing trend of educated people leaving China to live overseas, especially in the US.

Let me turn this to an open question:

Are the barriers to meritocracy greater in China than the West?

Thoughts?