China is proof positive that the “Modernization Theory” is finally dead, for good. The theory in its most basic outline postulated societies passing through certain stages in history, culminating with the “modern” age. The main transition was formulated differently by different theorists.
It’s amazing to me that for some great writers their art is not good enough; that they feel the need to bolster their coordinates by worrying about their position on the largely artificial liberal-conservative divide.
I have said that you will not get positive campaigns until positive campaigns work. I have just watched the Republican debate in Florida and I must say that I am very impressed with all the candidates. Everyone answered the questions that were presented to them and did not turn ugly on their fellow Republicans.