Saturday, January 05, 2013

The Aristocrats - Reprise

A key point if not the key point of yesterday's post on an effective East Asian aristocracy (Link) is that it has not mattered what the system was -- Stalinist cult of personality, collective leadership Leninism, authoritarian democracy, conservative democracy, rollicking democracy -- all have been captured by wealthy lineages.

Blame my upbringing, by which I have a problem with a world where the highest aspiration a person of modest means can have is "courtier."

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