First time guest Jayant Bhandari believes that democracy is a flawed system that has failed to bring people out of poverty in the last century. Rather, authoritarian benevolent regimes, such as China, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc., have been the wealth building leaders. Not that we’re unmindful of democracy’s flaws, but we tend to subscribe to the Churchillian view that “Democracy is the worst system in the world, except for all the rest!” And perhaps at present our participatory democracy is a chimera, but Donald Trump is president and that says something. Jayant sees continued growth in East Asia and economic leadership. And he believes he’s freer in East Asia than elsewhere and that most people don’t really care about government and just want to be left alone. Tell that to the thousands of victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
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