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Adapting to challenges of a changing world

In a rapidly changing world, we have to prepare ourselves for challenges that will confront us every day. This requires a liberally educated citizenry.

Sunday, 2 December, 2012, 3:53pm

Don't pin reform hopes on Chinese leaders' youthful idealism

A New York Times article last week on China's incoming premier quoted one of his contemporaries as saying: "Like all of us back then, Li Keqiang was idealistic, open-minded, incisive and eager to see China change." The speaker was Wang Juntao, a pro- democracy activist once jailed by the government for his role in the Tiananmen protests, and who now lives in exile.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

There's still hope for global freedom

While 2011 was seen as a year of movement towards global liberalism, in reality, no significant changes happened.

The Freedom in the World 2012 report shows more countries registered declines, not gains, in civil liberties last year.

29 Mar 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

A few surprises in DSE practice exams

The Examinations and Assessment Authority started distributing practice papers on liberal studies and 23 other subjects to Diploma of Secondary Education (DSE) candidates last week.

Three Young Post readers say the level of difficulty matched their in-school exams, but the question format was a surprise.

Candace Kwan, 18, St Paul's Convent School

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Leung floats plan for locals-only flat sales

Chief executive hopeful Leung Chun-ying suggests limiting the sales of new flats to Hong Kong residents, as part of his land policy proposal to increase land supply and to keep property prices at reasonable levels.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Liberal studies is letting us down

The new HKDSE subject, liberal studies, aims to enhance our critical thinking skills. But there's a question: is it effective enough to achieve that?

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong is model for ocean utopias

Libertarian thinker Patri Friedman wants to build floating mini-nations out at sea. They would be independent states, experimenting with every kind of government under the sun. Citizens would be able to choose a system like it was a flavour of ice cream.

The grandson of seminal free-market economist Milton Friedman wants to see, in his own words, a thousand Hong Kongs bloom.

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Majority rule favours process of democracy

Every group has a leader. Some are less obvious than others, but whenever even two people are together, one usually dominates the other. As groups become more organised, their leadership is more visible.

Leadership styles will differ from group to group, depending on how much say members have in the day-to-day operations.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dim view of religion in less enlightened nations

History was supposed to have ended. Alas, rather than celebrating the triumph of democratic capitalism, the world appears to be dividing between generally liberal Western-oriented states and a gaggle of authoritarian systems united only in their disdain for individual freedom and dignity.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Road map for the party's future lies within its ranks

As the Communist Party held grand parties nationwide last week to celebrate its 90th anniversary, at first glance the contrast in coverage between the mainland and the overseas media could not have been any sharper.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


By-election ban must not be selective

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Beyond limits

Executive councillor and chairman of the Housing Authority's subsidised housing committee Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said recently that the 'structural problem' of mainland people buying Hong Kong properties needs to be solved, and called for a resumption of the Home Ownership Scheme (HOS).

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Bogus banners attack Liberal Party

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Don't squander the chance for democracy

Politics and the quest for democracy can be a dramatic and absorbing piece of theatre, as events in Pakistan, Kenya and Myanmar have shown recently. In our nightly news bulletins, watched from the safety of our homes in Hong Kong, we have seen extraordinary sacrifice by people brave enough to stand up for their right to make their voices heard.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am