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David Brooks falls into Alternate Continuum Where Singapore REALLY is China

Apparently New York Times columnist David Brooks has in seeking to describe China, ended up describing Singapore.

Read it all here.

Op-Ed Columnist

The Dictatorship of Talent

Shanghai

Let’s say you were born in China. You’re an only child. You have two parents and four grandparents doting on you. Sometimes they even call you a spoiled little emperor.

They instill in you the legacy of Confucianism, especially the values of hierarchy and hard work. They send you off to school. You learn that it takes phenomenal feats of memorization to learn the Chinese characters. You become shaped by China’s intense human capital policies.

You quickly understand what a visitor understands after dozens of conversations: that today’s China is a society obsessed with talent, and that the Chinese ruling elite recruits talent the way the N.B.A. does — rigorously, ruthless, in a completely elitist manner.

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