The question of what constitutes proper Marxist political practice, posed best by Vladimir Lenin as “What is to be done?,” is one has bedeviled and continues to bedevil many Marxists, past and present.
A much-trumpeted trade war between China and the United States has yet to fully materialize despite already roiling markets and provoking a general unease among commercial and political interests.
Looking at China’s long history and comparing it with others, no other country has proven a greater civilizational capacity to over-bureaucratize, frequently to the point of self-paralysis with respect to the ability to advance meaningful reforms and progress.
Among China specialists there has long been a great deal of noise regarding “Chinese exceptionalism.” This term refers to the idea that some things about China are unique and exceptional to China.
In the case of UCLA basketball players, it is easy for most people to sympathize with a “lapse of judgment” because most can admit to having suffered from them.