In a democratic political system, the mechanisms to exclude the common man from having a say are just tedious. There are much better alternatives.
“…Li’s flexible intellectual style makes him far more persuasive to Americans.”
IE, “flattery”, Book of Mormon-style.
I have heard similar arguments from many other smart people living in Western Democracies.
Derbyshire had a article about this same thing. http://takimag.com/article/is_democracys_sun_setting_john_derbyshire#axzz2bVaHxdgY
What struck me, is that in some ways, China is more of a meritocracy. Obama would never have made it far on his resume. Of course, it is not democracy vs communism here. It is a corrupt Oligarchy and a waning love of freedom vs Communism.
The Chinese system is only suitable for governing a servile race. The American system is only suitable for governing a free people. Neither system is wholly broken at the moment, but neither is working all that well either.
One of the framers, I forget who, also said that the American constitution would only work for a *righteous* people.
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”