Frank Fukuyama on China’s Bad Emperor Problem
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  • Andrew Allison

    Re: “Evil” Empress:
    See, e.g., Zizhi Tongjian, vol. 234 [submission of Lu Zhi to Emperor Dezong of Tang, citing Wu Zetian as the prime example of a capable selector of officials]; Zhao Yi’s Notes of the Twenty-Two Histories (二十二史劄記), Empress Wu Accepted Corrections and Knew People.[5]
    (from the link provided above!)

  • Jim.

    We can hope and pray that the Chinese develop a Constitution like our own country, or a political system that muddles along without one (like the post 1688 English).

    Can times there be interesting without being too interesting? We shall see. China may be heading for a Constitutional Convention, whether they ever intended to or not.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    What about the average mediocre Emperor? Aren’t there many more of them than either good or bad Emperors? Democracy and its frequent opportunities for the electorate to fire poor leadership is a much better way.

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