Martin Powers

Martin Powers

Martin Powers is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. He has written three books on the history of social justice in China. Two of these won the Levenson Prize for best book in pre-1900 Chinese Studies.

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Opinion | From China, France and Thomas Jefferson: history lessons for Donald Trump and Republicans on aristocratic excess

History shows that holding public servants accountable is essential to control corruption, but elections are insufficient to check a rogue leader.

21 Nov 2020 - 7:14AM

History shows that holding public servants accountable is essential to control corruption, but elections are insufficient to check a rogue leader.

From China, France and Thomas Jefferson: history lessons for Donald Trump and Republicans on aristocratic excess
Opinion | How the coronavirus pandemic exposed the dark side of Western democracy

It is no longer reasonable to claim that one ideology always generates good outcomes while all others lead to misery and death.

13 Oct 2020 - 9:08PM

It is no longer reasonable to claim that one ideology always generates good outcomes while all others lead to misery and death.

How the coronavirus pandemic exposed the dark side of Western democracy
Opinion | In Hong Kong, the US and Britain, the truth about ‘liberty’ will set you free

For most of British history, liberty meant special privileges enjoyed by groups. Groupthink shaped policy in colonial Hong Kong and Western democracies did not seriously object even when human rights norms were violated.

18 Aug 2020 - 10:03AM

For most of British history, liberty meant special privileges enjoyed by groups. Groupthink shaped policy in colonial Hong Kong and Western democracies did not seriously object even when human rights norms were violated.

In Hong Kong, the US and Britain, the truth about ‘liberty’ will set you free
Opinion | In the US, China-bashing is rooted in myths of Western superiority

Across the centuries, Europe propagated anti-Chinese stereotypes as a response to the perceived threats to European might.

24 Jun 2020 - 12:48PM

Across the centuries, Europe propagated anti-Chinese stereotypes as a response to the perceived threats to European might.

In the US, China-bashing is rooted in myths of Western superiority