The Lido Office Building, Beijing
Eavesdropping in Korean
In an Internet filled with fluff and flame, there are still a few websites that speak cogently to the highest parts of your frontal cortex.
One that I enjoy immensely – especially when I virulently disagree with it – is Arts & Letters Daily, a site owned and operated by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The links on their front page would make for weeks of brain tickling reading.
The editors have some very clear ideas about a lot of their subjects and choose their links accordingly. On some topics their selections tend to skew toward a clear viewpoint (they are moderately anti-religion, to put it generously), and quick survey of their recent links about China suggest a fairly skeptical view among editors about China and its prospects:
China’s Valley of Tears: Is Authoritarian Capitalism the Future by Slavoj Zizek
China’s Syndrome of Lawless Growth by John Lee, the author of Will China Fail?, in The Australian
The Great Leap Backward? by Elizabeth Economy in Foreign Affairs
My Short March Through China by Gary Rosen from Commentary
Big Red Checkbook by John Feffer in The Nation
So enjoy, but be aware that despite its pedigree as a publication catering to intellectuals, there is a clear – possibly unintentional – editorial bent at work.