James Fallows on China's Business Environment

Monday, December 31, 2012

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and author of China Airborne, talks about the idea that some Chinese business people and intellectuals, including some with strong U.S. ties, support the authoritarian state.


    James Fallows

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    Marcela from Manhattan

    RE: China
    Just wanted to add to Brian's comment about Pinochet being the only example in recent history of corporate power backing a dictatorship: actually this happened in Argentina as well during the infamous military dictatorship of '76-82 as is now being discovered (with emerging proof of media monopoly giant Clarin's direct involvement and backing of the regime). In fact by many that dictatorship is no longer being called a military dictatorship but a civic-military dictatorship for this reason. Thanks for the excellent program.

    Dec. 31 2012 12:11 PM

    Brian, with regard to your comment about business support for the nominally communist government: it is straight out of the last paragraph of Animal Farm. Looking at it from the other direction, I will merely note how SCOTUS has been dismantling impediments to business buying influence in the government. Under communism, the government runs the corporations...

    In looking for historical precedents, you might want to consider Singapore, rather than Pinochet's Chile.

    Dec. 31 2012 12:09 PM

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