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September 14, 2008

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Han is certainly no republican and doesn't think much of the intelligence of ordinary people, but the article above makes it clear that for him, there is a higher good which justifies the harsh system of government. I think Han is taking it for granted that "the order and safety of the state" is in the interests of the people, because the alternative is a weak state (or no state at all) where people are subject to capricious violence from criminals and foreign invaders - as opposed to a wise ruler's punishments which while still violent, are at least predictable and directed towards an end goal of safety and order.

Obviously many Chinese today still accept this reasoning, hence their support of the CCP while still acknowleding all the awful things it has done. Because in their opinion there are worse alternatives.

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