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Liberal Democracy

Lessons to be learned from visions of order, disorder and political decay

Joseph Yam Chi-kwong's paper on the future of Hong Kong's monetary system caused quite a stir.

Saturday, 23 June, 2012, 12:00am

Only matter of time before authoritarian regimes yield to desire for democracy

Your contributor Eric X. Li, the Shanghai-based venture capitalist, often writes pieces seeking to convince us that authoritarian rule similar to that on the mainland is superior to the democratic models of, for example, the US and Europe.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ash heaps aplenty in the world today

Communist China is destined for the 'ash heap of history' because it is 'not a country of virtues'?

It looks more like Rick Perry, the Republican presidential candidate who made the statement in a debate this week, is heading that way himself.

American politicians will say anything to get elected, but some are sillier than others.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The Swiss model

Hong Kong's Basic Law stipulates that at some stage we can have universal suffrage. Where it is fuzzy, though, is on the matter of what sort of political system we should have to complement this essential part of democracy. As democratic desires are consuming the debate, let's go for an adaptation of the Swiss system of direct democracy.

4 May 2007 - 12:00am

Too much of a good thing

The relationship between democracy and freedom has lent itself to analyses from many angles.

12 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Closer links between international and local schools must develope

Closer links between international and local schools must be developed to help students cope with a rapid change of culture after the handover, a headmaster said yesterday.

17 Apr 1996 - 12:00am


DAVID Howell (Sunday Morning Post, October 22) calls on the West to abandon its liberal philosophies and emulate Asia, but his real agenda is 'changes to our work patterns' (that is, reduce the power of labour) and 'gradual reform' of the welfare state (that is, dismantling what is left of it).

29 Oct 1995 - 12:00am