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August 20, 2010

The truth is knowledge and knowledge is power

We used to be taught lessons in civics and the classics, in the fundamentals of citizenship. From kindergarteners to post-graduates, we now find ourselves in the ruins tutored only in grievance by a second generation of instructors who were never taught properly themselves. Never having been exposed to the truth, let alone the means to seek after the truth, they are not intellectually, let alone spiritually, capable of teaching anything worthwhile themselves.

There must be a lingering commitment to duty and scholarship in mainland China. How else to explain the fact Lieutenant General Yazhou Liu has grasped a simplisme beyond the ken of student council president in Washington.

''The secret of US success is neither Wall Street nor Silicon Valley, but its long-surviving rule of law and the system behind it,'' he says. ''The American system is said to be 'designed by genius and for the operation of the stupid'.

''A bad system makes a good person behave badly while a good system makes a bad person behave well. Democracy is the most urgent thing, without it there can be no sustainable rise.''

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 20, 2010 08:56 AM