The real core of the Chinese tradition?

Chinese Friend: Nobody in this country believes in anything anymore.
Foreign Devil: So what do you think they should believe in?
Chinese Friend: Unless people are punished more severely, they won’t behave themselves.

February 15, 2015admin 8 Comments »
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  • Legalism | Neoreactive Says:

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    Posted on February 15th, 2015 at 2:20 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hurlock Says:

    “Unless people are punished more severely, they won’t behave themselves.”

    This is pretty much all you need to know about how to run proper government. Condensed into one simple sentence.


    Aeroguy Reply:

    Or they’ll work really hard at not getting caught. I’m not sure it’s possible to separate principles from ideology, a principled man polices himself.


    Posted on February 15th, 2015 at 2:22 pm Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:

    That’s the present mood, but give it some time and people will fall back to good old Confucian 仁政 . It’s an old debate and the Confucians always spring back after the Legalists have established order.

    There’s a great show some years ago about the life and work of Shang Yang the Legalist; who the Confucians hated and smeared in the historical record. The author of the show appears to be quite close to Xi Jinping, and there’s been a recent upswing on public propaganda about 法制 , “rule of law” not in the Western sense, but the original Legalist idea.


    Posted on February 15th, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply | Quote
  • Kalish Jantzen Says:

    An ethic that applies well to the pleasuring/training of one’s beloved.


    Posted on February 15th, 2015 at 3:19 pm Reply | Quote
  • Y.Ilan Says:

    There is certainly something to be said about transformative leadership vis-à-vis transactive leadership. The best motivators are those that work together with the members’ agreement if not outright enthusiasm, wherein any success on the part of the whole is seen as the success of the individual as well. This is likely to only work in smaller groups, but still.


    Posted on February 15th, 2015 at 3:26 pm Reply | Quote
  • Legalism | Reaction Times Says:

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Admin says: “The real core of the Chinese tradition?”

    Is this yet another manifestation of the same endemic Oriental flaw behind their unwillingness to pursue Truth in the vast meadows beyond the fence; the quintessence of collectivism and squelched individualism?

    “The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focusing on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself with the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene.”—Lin Yutang


    Posted on February 16th, 2015 at 9:13 pm Reply | Quote

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