Thursday, August 07, 2008

Replacing Managed Pluralism

The Washington Post's John Pomfret has come up with a turn of phrase to describe how the Beijing government maintains political control while permitting a zone of personal freedom: the Kung fu masters' approach—concentrate on controlling the pressure points.

It is a useful analogy--and why the easy division of the world into "free" and "not free" can miss the point.

It's also a more catchy turn of phrase than the one I use: managed pluralism.

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