“China is like a giant rigged claw machine grabbing all the world’s resources and soft plush toys.” (Disclaimer: Not an actual Niall Ferguson quote)
“It is one of our comforting and enduring myths that as China becomes more modern and sophisticated, more like us, it will come to adopt our values. I’m not sure it’s going to be like that. [Chinese students during the Lhasa riots in 2008] were very hostile to the criticism of the Chinese government. The key insight for me is that rather than pro-democracy feelings increasing as China grows economically, it is a radical, shrill nationalism that is emerging. There is an enthusiastic embrace of the economic benefits of the market but resentment of Western cultural hegemony. The attitude is: if we make it economically, we don’t have to kowtow to you culturally.”
-NIALL FERGUSON, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY.
Ferguson’s new three-part documentary, “China: Triumph and Turmoil”, analyzes the rise of China for the UK’s Channel 4. For the full Telegraph article featuring more money quotes from Niall Ferguson than you can shake a shrill hubristic stick at, click here.