http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/opinion/dowd-whos-on-americas-side.xml NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd describes how the Republican efforts to smear Obama as UnAmerican are failing. Worse, many Americansseem to finally realize it’s the Republicans protecting corporate interests at all costs that threatens the Republic. Of course it’s not all, which presents the danger.
Read her piece along with NYT article on Chinese‘s elites flailing attempts to introduce reform at http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/world/asia/as-china-talks-of-change-fear-rises-on-risks.xml.There the elites lack any real connection to the people so discussions rendered moot. However, many recognize the dangers arising from this lack of contact as shown by both the original Chinese Revolution and (certainly) the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
The challenge lies in convincing folks it’s not only their right but their duty to dissent on issues of principle.