Through Blackmail and Extortion, Chinese Hold Officials in Line
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  • Nick Bidler

    In America and elsewhere, it is better to assume any appearance of a lack of corruption in government merely means no-one has looked in the right closet.

  • Jim__L

    I seem to remember from my college courses on Chinese history that rooting out corruption among bureaucrats is very much in keeping with traditional Chinese values.

    Also, the gradual corruption of that bureaucracy is thought to play a major role in a government losing “the Mandate of Heaven” — its legitimacy — when the corruption gets too severe.

    While this kind of popular discontent (and responsiveness to it) could be a sign of democratizing tendencies, it could alternatively be an expression of centuries-old Chinese ideals.

    It would be interesting if we could use these ideals to help democratize China by convincing them that democracy (and transparency, etc) is the best means for rooting out this corruption.

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