Sunday, July 15, 2007

Karl's Weekend Reading

"Unfriendly and Potentially Dangerous", Michael Barone at NRO. Mr. Barone compares China's collective leadership (predictive) with Russia's consolidated (unpredictable) leadership.

The Russian political system has come to resemble the political system of Mexico from 1929 to 2000, which was something of an absolute monarchy, with term limits. The candidate of the ruling PRI was always elected president, the legislature was a rubber stamp, and the incumbent president chose his successor.