Heads of State
Chinas recent crackdown on dissidents suggests that the countrys authoritarian regime is here to stay.
But missed in all the headlines are the radical political and social changes China has undergone over the past twenty years.
The fate of the former Soviet Union is paramount in the minds of Chinas leaders. (July 11)
One of the critical conditions of democracy is present in China: a large and stable middle class. (July 12)
Even the phrase civil society has been banned by propaganda officials. (July 12)
Many of the capitalist roaders co-opted by the Party echo the governments refrain that China is not ready for democracy. (July 13)
So disempowering are Chinese markets that a term was invented for powerless social groups. (July 13)
Far from prioritizing self-preservation, the Chinese government has gambled on radical and socially destabilizing reforms. (July 14)