Reverse Engineering of Illiberal States
This essay has "accidentally" mentioned the COMMON problem found in contemporary Asian societies.
National identity and class confidence are forged through fixed description of the different walks of life and fixed religious rituals and beliefs. A typical example would be "elites are those which are good at learning and producing, while the poor are dirty, lazy and stupid".
Such concepts of society discourage people from giving resources to the needed while encouraging unsupported confidence in the ruling parties, often resulting in frequent mishaps diminishing resources that would have helped the minorities to stand on their feet which would justify liberal policies.
It was recorded that Italy was once like this a little more than 100 years ago. It is not very surprising that they are now running into big trouble due to COVID-19, as bad things take time to eliminate after centuries of growing roots in the culture.
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