Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Good Guy and Bad Guys

Although our government's initial response to Katrina was flawed in several (many?) ways, I think the situation in Burma is a fair example of the benefits of a government that is more answerable to the governed. I don't think the type of government matters all to much on a day-t0-day basis (failures abound in all systems) but in a disaster, you are likely to see a better medium and long-term response than you would in a country where the leadership faces few consequences for its actions.

The real reason for this post: It feels like China is not in the same camp as Burma. And I'd like to better understand how and why this is (or if I am simply naive or blind).

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