8 comments on “Size, and other confusing things

  1. Fair point. If Aristotle was alive today, what with rapid transport, mass media, big bombs and the Internet etc, do you think he would change his mind, or not?

    With respect to your second point, in China, the belief is still that individuals counting is not an important issue.

  2. You can probably only recognise or remember about 5,000 maybe, so Aristotle might have stuck with 5,000. Of course, that’s citizens. He wasn’t counting women probably or slaves!

    I think you’re confusing China with the Chinese government. Anyway, these revolutions always end up the same. You get Stalin, Napoleon or Mao, more or less the same thing. Emperors and imperialism. Authoritarian regimes never care about individual rights; they just care about power, which is power over other people really. Om Mani Padme Hung.

  3. Aristotle’s theory is probably relevant to Twitter, then.

    As I understand it, for centuries, stability rather than individual right of expression, has been regarded as the important thing in China, by the government and many (though obviously not all) of the people, especially the Han.

    • Yes. And it matters less to some, than others, I think. If you have a generation that’s fairly rapidly much better off materially than before, then many of that generation will not want to jeopardise their newfound situation. Some folk reckon that the crunch will come later, when growth slows.

  4. Without individual access to legal redress, it’s a brittle kind of stability. But there’s much to admire in China, as I’m sure we’ll learn after Rodders’ and Albert’s visits.

  5. How about this for a potted history of revolution in the last 100 years:

    The downtrodden rose up due to better education and communications. A baldy said “The downtrodden are too dumb to manage this. I can do better”. Once the baldy was gone, some nasties took his place and screwed everything up. After that, the downtrodden became fat, though not as fat as the fat cats did, though unlike the downtrodden, the fat cats didn’t actually become physically fat. In the meantime, the declining few who worried about any of this became Guardian readers. Then, the Internet happened, and this revolution in communications meant that everyone was now playing on a flatter pitch.

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