A tale of two airports

It would be easy to capture the difference bewtween India and China through experiencing the international gateways of Shanghai (thanks Volker!) and Delhi. Camels could stroll lazily through the eye of a needle more easily than I got through Indian immigration controls. By contrast Shanghai is a model of efficiency that makes JFK (where America reluctantly welcomes the world) look like a third world relic.

Herein lies the dichotomy of capitalism without democracy. It is clear that the Chinese are on a mission with a clear vision of success in which economic prosperity trumps the freedom to vote or, more specifically, to be poor. There is a perfect recognition here that infrastructure is everything and that the bureaucracy of democracy mitigates against its achievement.

This is a very difficult argument for me and many from the West but if the end justifies the means it is hard to argue against.

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One response to “A tale of two airports

  1. Volker

    “Shaghai” ? 😉

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