scorpius: Can you please explain the advantages that the Chinese system of continuous one-party government with unelected leaders has over the US democratic system in which all citizens freely (at least in principle) get to elect their leaders? Can you please explain why the Chinese government feels the need to shut down all pro-democracy movements in the country (Hong Kong being the most obvious current example)? Tell us why this is a good thing. Also, I'm guessing that the Chinese people aren't allowed by their government to read sciforums. Can you explain why that is a good thing? Thanks.