Ross Clark Ross Clark

China’s new political model

We all once hoped that freedom was a necessary condition for economic success, says Ross Clark. But in fact Chinese prosperity seems linked to increasing authoritarianism

There has been one thing missing from the debate between Google and the People’s Republic of China. The decommunisation of the world was not supposed to happen this way. Countries which dismantled their systems of oppression and fear were supposed to prosper economically; while any who declined to do so would remain in economic permafrost.

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