You knew this was coming

Why am I not surprised?

Chinese President Xi Jinping recently consolidated power. Trump told the gathering: “He’s now president for life. President for life. And he’s great.” Trump added, “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.”

There are a lot of people in China who believe in classical liberal principles.  At one time they respected America.

PS.  If you think presidential character doesn’t matter, read this.

PPS.  I just crossed 10,000,000 views:




10 Responses to “You knew this was coming”

  1. Gravatar of Ted Ted
    3. March 2018 at 22:44

    Congrats on the 10M views! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself over the past 9 years. Genuinely appreciated.

  2. Gravatar of Benjamin Cole Benjamin Cole
    4. March 2018 at 07:27

    I was a lot of those views! Congratulations.

    But where have the greats gone? Major Freedom and Ray Lopez, Warstler. Flow 5.

  3. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    4. March 2018 at 08:26

    Thanks Ted and Ben.

  4. Gravatar of Steven Kopits Steven Kopits
    4. March 2018 at 09:39

    Congrats on the views!

    As for Xi, it will be settled in Tiananmen Square sometime in the next decade, I expect. China and Xi: “One cannot live while the other survives.”

  5. Gravatar of H_WASSHOI H_WASSHOI
    4. March 2018 at 12:57

    I am thinking about what “cyberpunk” actually means

  6. Gravatar of E. Harding E. Harding
    4. March 2018 at 18:33

  7. Gravatar of Tom Brown Tom Brown
    5. March 2018 at 10:35

    But where have the greats gone? Major Freedom and Ray Lopez, Warstler. Flow 5.

    Maybe MF got a job.

  8. Gravatar of Tom Tom
    5. March 2018 at 10:49

    Scott, how do you reconcile your view (or least, my perception is that this is your view) that political leaders aren’t that important for determining political and economic outcomes with your statement here about the importance of presidential character?

  9. Gravatar of ssumner ssumner
    5. March 2018 at 21:45

    Tom, To the extent that presidents matter, character is important. My point is that the zeitgeist has more influence on the broad sweep of history. Thus neoliberalism did not happen because Reagan and Thatcher happened to win elections.

  10. Gravatar of E. Harding E. Harding
    6. March 2018 at 12:53

    Yes; neoliberalism had already begun to be implemented by the 1970s.

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