Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Sunday, January 11, 2009

An argument against democracy?

How would your students analyze this one?

Yi Jianlian and the argument against democracy in China

"Those who follow sports will know that the starters for the NBA All-Star game are chosen by fan ballot... As a result of fan voting presumably from China and, possibly, Newark, Yi Jianlian [on the right in the photo], the 21 or 24-year old forward for the New Jersey Nets, has surpassed several established stars and is threatening the starting position of Boston Celtics superstar Kevin Garnett...

"Interesting dilemma… support the democratic rights of the large number of Chinese fans who want to see Yi hoop it up against the NBA’s best or else insinuate that such large-scale movements can be a detriment to overall interests and goals."



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