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This is Part III Hong Kong and the Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment, a response to Ivan Krastev’s Why Did the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ Fail?  This has an ongoing intellectual journey for me. As…

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This is Part II of Hong Kong and the Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment, a response to Ivan Krastev’s Why Did the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ Fail?  Krastev is crashing the ‘idiosyncratic’ party by saying the…

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This is Part I of Hong Kong and the Anti-Cosmopolitan Moment, a response to Ivan Krastev’s Why Did the ‘Twitter Revolutions’ Fail?  Ivan Krastev wrote an op-ed for the New York…

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China Politics Umbrella Movement

Over the past month, Hong Kong has witnessed two protests targeting Chinese traders that were met with a police using pepper spray inside of malls. Some of the protesters called…

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China Places Umbrella Movement

I want to respond to Kroeber’s recent argument that, “the Chinese state is not fragile.” it instead a “strong, increasingly self-confident” regime “without organized opposition.” After trying to turn conventional wisdom…

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