Category Archives: Asian politics

China, the US and their extractive elites

This piece by professional contrarian Ron Unz has been doing the rounds in the paleo-conservative part of the blogosphere. Ron Unz compares and contrasts the US problem with its ‘extractive elites’ and China’s and contrary to what one might expect, … Continue reading

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Asian welfare states

Joe Hockey has been stirring up debate suggesting that we might look less to Europe and more to Asian countries on how to configure our approach to delivering welfare services. While Hong Kong came up as the obvious reference point, … Continue reading

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Random observations from Malaysia 1

I recently returned from a holiday trip to my birthplace of Malaysia which included a short stopover at Singapore. Here are some random observations: 1) Laotian live-in maids are the latest ‘in thing’  in Malaysia and have to some extent … Continue reading

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