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China's Imminent Collapse

China's Imminent Collapse

Beijing struggles behind its crumbling facade of power as the New Champions descend upon the country.

Given the opacity of the system, there is no way of telling how and when such a breakdown might occur except to observe that is likely to be precipitated by an economic crisis of some kind. Moreover, there is no way to tell whether a crisis would produce a relatively smooth transition towards democracy or something more chaotic and perhaps bloody.

A collapse in the existing order, accompanied by an upsurge of demands for democratization would certainly be a prime example of “disruptive innovation.” But perhaps those who throw this phrase about should be careful what they wish for.

Image from the World Economic Forum