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Beyond Liberal Democracy: Political Thinking for an East by Daniel A. Bell

By Daniel A. Bell

Is liberal democracy applicable for East Asia? during this provocative e-book, Daniel Bell argues for morally valid possible choices to Western-style liberal democracy within the sector. past Liberal Democracy , which keeps the author's influential past paintings, is split into 3 elements that correspond to the 3 major hallmarks of liberal democracy--human rights, democracy, and capitalism. those good points were transformed considerably in the course of their transmission to East Asian societies which were formed through nonliberal practices and values. Bell issues to the hazards of enforcing Western-style types and proposes replacement justifications and practices which may be extra acceptable for East Asian societies.

If human rights, democracy, and capitalism are to take root and convey helpful results in East Asia, Bell argues, they have to be adjusted to modern East Asian political and financial realities and to the values of nonliberal East Asian political traditions similar to Confucianism and Legalism. neighborhood wisdom is hence crucial for life like and morally knowledgeable contributions to debates on political reform within the zone, in addition to for mutual studying and enrichment of political theories.

past Liberal Democracy is integral analyzing for college kids and students of political concept, Asian stories, and human rights, in addition to someone focused on China's political and financial destiny and the way Western governments and enterprises may still have interaction with China.

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The main virtue of capitalism is that it facilitates economic and technological development more rapidly than other forms of economic organization. The fact that Western liberal democracies first embraced capitalism largely explains their current economic prowess relative to the rest of the world. Several East Asian societies have recently embarked on the “capitalist road” and seem likely to challenge the economic dominance of Western democracies in the future. But capitalism does not take the same forms in all times and places.

See Wm. Theodore de Bary, Asian Values and Human Rights: A Confucian Communitarian Perspective (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998), chap. 6. 37 Confucius himself did not find any rulers receptive to his ideas about good government, and while Mencius had slightly more success—he served briefly as minister in the state of Qi—he soon became disenchanted with political life and reluctantly settled for a teaching career. JUST WAR AND CONFUCIANISM 35 need to be prioritized. According to the Analects, the obligation to secure the basic means of subsistence of the people should have priority: Ranyou drove the Master’s carriage on a trip to Wei.

49 Fourth, the leader of justified punitive expeditions must have some moral claim to have the world’s support. ” Xunzi: A Translation and Study of the Complete Works, trans. John Knoblock (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990), vol. 6b, 234. 49 Confucius, in contrast, seems less concerned with the potential virtue of the ruler. 17; Leys).

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