Complete title of talk:  The Value of Vagueness as the Door to Social Change and Emerging Protests in China – Lesson Learned from Its Neighbors


Speaker Thomas Klitgaard
Summary As a person with a Law background, Mr. Klitgaard presents keen insights into the Chinese Constitution, that it is deliberately vague and based on moral precepts of Confucianism and Buddhism.  Pragmatism is the number one virtue and is used to interpret the law to bring about Peace and Harmony.  Vagueness in the constitution allows the government to adjust without loosing face or power, and avoids articulated extremism.  In this delightful talk involving the audience, Mr. Klitgaard contrasts the Chinese Constitution with the US Constitution.
Keywords Chinese Constitution, Confucianism, Buddhism, Legalism , loosing face, pragmatism
Publish Date August 5, 2013
Source Speech given at 1990 Institute Teachers Workshop on “Modern China Through the Lens of Social Change and Reform”, August 3-4, 2015, at San Mateo County Office of EducModern China Through the Lens of Social Change and Reformation, Redwood City, CA.
Speaker Bio  Thomas Klitgaard Bio

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