By Kishore Mahbubani

ISBN-10: 158642033X

ISBN-13: 9781586420338

KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the increase and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the hot 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century chief" (Time). A must-read for someone with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this selection of provocative essays is bound to problem how you imagine. Asia's societies have been extra culturally and economically complex than Europe's on the finish of the 1st millennium. And but by way of the 19th century the West had leaped to this point forward that even a few Asians themselves harbored photographs of inferiority. Mahbubani's research of the prior and predictions for the long run volume to a warning call to Asians and Westerners alike. In varied items resembling "The Ten Commandments for constructing international locations" and "The hazards of Decadence: What the remaining Can educate the West," he asserts that Westerners are mostly ignorant of their condescending attitudes and practices towards the East and retain that outmoded worldview at their very own peril - Asia's economies are poised to surpass these of Europe and North the United States in the subsequent fifty years. nobody who reads those iconoclastic, unabashed arguments will ever regard East-West family within the related light.“If you're looking for perception into how others understand us—and the occasions of September eleven underscore that need—then i do know of no greater advisor than Kishore Mahbubani. His selection of energetic essays will either tell and problem your thinking.”-- Paul Volcker“This e-book is a set of totally exceptional essays, elegantly written. . . . Mahbubani has an intuition for the jugular in terms of settling on a serious factor and atmosphere forth a robust thesis pertaining to it.”-- Samuel P. HuntingtonAuthor of The conflict of Civilizations“Interesting, provocative, and intellectually engaging.”-- Henry Kissinger

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KISHORE MAHBUBANI has been hailed as "an Asian Toynbee, preoccupied with the increase and fall of civilizations" (The Economist), a "Max Weber of the hot 'Confucian ethic'" (Washington Post), and "a prototype twenty-first century chief" (Time). A must-read for someone with even a passing curiosity in modern Asia, this number of provocative essays is sure to problem how you imagine.

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But let me suggest three key principles that may be found in the software of success. The first is “meritocracy”. When capitalism destroyed feudalism in Europe in the 19th century, it moved away from aristocracy towards meritocracy. Capitalism, with its essential ingredient of “creative destruction”, generated new elites. Democracy provided another institutional process for flushing out old elites and churning out new ones. Both capitalism and democracy were therefore not purely ends in themselves (even though they are ideologically worshipped in many Western minds).

The mental switch that is taking place in Asian minds today is that they no longer believe that the only way to progress is through copying; they now believe they can work out their own solutions. This switch in Asian minds has taken place slowly and imperceptibly. Until a few decades ago, Western societies beckoned as beacons on the hill: living models of the most successful form of human societies—economically prosperous, politically stable, socially just and harmonious, ethically clean, and, all in all, providing environments that had the best possible conditions for their citizens to grow and thrive as individuals.

It is vital for Western minds to understand that the efforts by Asians to rediscover Asian values are not only, or even primarily, a search for political values. Instead, they represent a complex set of motives and aspirations in Asian minds: a desire to reconnect with their historical past after this connection had been ruptured both by colonial rule and by the subsequent domination of the globe by a Western Weltanschauung; an effort to find the right balance in bringing up their young so that they are open to the new technologically interconnected global universe and yet rooted in and conscious of the cultures of their ancestors; an effort to define their own personal, social and national identities in a way that enhances their sense of self-esteem in a world where their immediate ancestors had subconsciously accepted that they were lesser beings in a Western universe.

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