That's an interesting article, although I disagree with one of the fundamental assumptions made by it. I find this to be a trite and, from personal experience, untrue statement which authors like to use in articles such as this one. I have never found "still rigid political systems" to hamper innovation and technical advance (at least in the IC field where I work). The idea that democracy vs authoritarianism will, for example, hamper current research at work is ludicrous. Innovation at my company has come from RD teams from both authoritarian and democratic countries.