Summary of A Tale of Two Political Systems

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Does China’s one-party system function better than democracies?


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Chinese venture capitalist Eric X. Li presents a theory most Westerners will find controversial: China’s one-party system may be, in many ways, superior to multiparty democracies. Li uses China’s economic strength as proof and asks political theorists to consider the viability of alternative forms of government. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends this provocative lecture – and its rebuttals – to audiences willing to test their assumptions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why Westerners should question their political ideologies,
  • Why three negative assumptions about China’s one-party system are false and
  • Why China’s political model offers a viable alternative to democratic capitalism.


Chinese culture perpetuates a story that societies progress through various stages of social development until they reach the zenith – communism. Yet the road to this “paradise on Earth” is fraught...
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About the Speaker

Political scientist Eric X. Li is the founder of Chengwei Capital, a Chinese venture capital firm.

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