The common mistake is to assume that China is like the Soviet Union. In the year 2019, 130 million Chinese left China freely. Many of them came back. If China had been a repressive society, a gulag, they would not have left, and if they somehow had managed to leave, they wouldn’t have come back
Democracy needs to show that it is capable of providing public goods for a wide range of people. And I think in places where democracy risks deteriorating, people who are in favour of democracy need to unite to defend democracy and not fight amongst themselves
The pandemic reveals the dilemmas that the environmental crisis will bring in amplified form: how to balance collective action with human freedom? What lives to protect and what lives to risked? How to balance survival with what survival is for?
The news of successes of SARS-CoV-2 candidate vaccines emerge with fears of their health safety. Medical issues aside, there are equally important issues of logistics and the plummeting trust citizens have for the actions of their authorities.