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November 03, 2005

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It's Confucian because loyalty to the party is a paramount virtue. Loyalty to any other group that might conflict with this primary loyalty is punishable by law. Very Confucian, wouldn't you say?

Perhaps. But by that definition Bush's Republican Party sounds pretty darn Confucian, too.

Right, except they're not Chinese.

I didn't mean to say that loyalty is something unique to Confucianism. It is pretty much THE central principle that makes it work as a way to govern people, though.

It shouldn't be surprising that the logic of powerful rulers is similar the world over. Bush Republicans have lots in common with Chinese Communists. You might say that the Bush clan is America's wannabe Mandarinate.

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