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interest”.70 But how is that to be achieved? Among Buddhad sa’s disciples some illuminating suggestions 65 Buddhad sa 1989, p. 184. 66 Ibid., pp. 184f. and 189. In Buddhad sa’s later writings (from the 1980’s on) one can find some more positive comments on democ- racy, but he still recommended a Buddhist dictatorship. Cf. Jackson 2003, pp. 246–251. 67 Cf. Buddhad sa 1989, p. 191. In this connection it is worth mention- ing that Aung San Suu Kyi bases the goals of the Burmese democ- racy movement on the traditional concept

for China to survive for thousands of years, if the country had been consistently lawless and its populace consistently downtrod- den. After all, there had been no aristocratic rulers in China, for there had been no exclusive and long-lasting nobility classes. Nor had China any tradition of rule by military dictatorship or government by mer- cantilism or plutocracy. Without the assistance of the literati class the emperor alone would have been powerless to rule such a vast land and a vast people. Thus for Qian Mu, China’s the meritocracy of the literati