Jinbin and I have been discussing democracy in Hong Kong, and whether or not it’s right for China and Hong Kong. This article argues an interesting point of view about why it is not. It opens with the author’s assessment of what democracy is: “Liberal democracy and populist democracy differ primarily in their conception of liberty. In a liberal democracy, liberty is freedom from constraint in one’s activities, especially constraint by government. In a populist democracy, liberty is the realisation of the “general will” through participation in democratic political processes,”  then goes on to list the reasons. It’s a good read. http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1653851/why-populist-democracy-wrong-hong-kong


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