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What the U.S. Can Learn from China by Ann Lee

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3 Meritocracy

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility. —STEPHEN W. COMISKEY

Democracy No Guarantee

Unlike in earlier centuries when one’s birth determined one’s permanent economic fortunes and clout in the world, most modern societies today subscribe to the notion that individuals should have the opportunity to live up to their potential through talent and hard work. Monarchies have been largely dismantled and replaced with institutions that recruit the most able individuals to run countries. Since blood lineage is no longer the sole determinant of the extraordinary privilege of leading most countries, determining who should have those roles and the best method for vetting those individuals becomes of paramount importance. Since the ...

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