“It turns out we’ve been China for a while”

21 May

Thomas Friedman is famous for musing that he wishes America could be China for a day…

A Crisis of Authority

Democracy is in peril: That is an emerging theme of the liberal left’s response to the Obama scandals. The argument misses the point, no doubt deliberately. What we are witnessing now is not a crisis of democracy but a crisis of authority. The administrative state, in thrall to a decadent cultural elite, has lost the consent of the governed.

Is democracy in peril? Is it really true that “we can’t be trusted” with America’s “brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule.” That all depends on what the president meant by “we.”



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