chola wrote:For those who say that India is not a commie dictatorship like cheen so we cannot do the same to support our industries -- Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are all democracies with first world legal systems.
South Korea was a dictatorship from 1961 to 1987 before first direct presidential elections were held. The person credited with propelling them into an Asian powerhouse from a non-descript, backward country divided and annihilated by war and colonisation was Park Chung Hee (the father of the recently impeached SoKo president), who ruled with an iron fist from 1961-1979, before he was assassinated. He remains the most popular SoKo president ever.
Taiwan was a KMT dictatorship until 1990-91. Mandarin was enforced and Taiwanese language forbidden from being taught in schools and children were punished for doing so. Their first direct presidential election did not happen till 1996.
The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore is well known.
This is not to say that these countries would not have prospered had it not been for dictatorship or if they had been democracies from the very beginning. After all Japan was a democracy all this while, even if they had the same ruling party, the LDP, for the entire period after the war and well into 1990s.
On the other side we have dictatorship didn't seem to do much for Bakis, Bangladeshis and a host of other countries from South America to Vietnam, except PRC.
It's the leadership that matters. After all NoKos who are ethnically the same as SoKos, followed a very different trajectory. Ditto for East and West Germany.
I understand the point on Taiwan and SKorea being former dictatorships but their ascendency did not weaken when they became democracies.
In fact, South Korea's real assault on the world's markets came after the death of Park. Taiwanese grip on the global IT hardware supply chain actually expanded after 1996 though much of that is cloaked by Taiwanese companies operating in the PRC. In fact, most of China's rise in the computer/cellphone/electronics space is a function of Taiwanese companies who make most of the profits while the PRC takes the tariff hits. Apple might make the Iphone in China but it is not made by a Chinese company.
Japan, as you stated, was always a democracy.
Democracies inevitably do better than dictatorships. As you pointed out, Koreans and Germans prove this beyond doubt. Same exact races two very different results. We see this with Pakistan and India. For all the wheat-eating, wheat-colored gori chestbeating of the Punjabi TFTA, they are the same phenotype as almost everyone else in the INDIAN subcontinent (with only the mongoloid NE population being the great outlier.). Dictatorship created a failed state in TSP and a rising Superpower in Bharat proper.
Now did dictatorship work in cheen? Yes, it worked better only when compared to the other dictatorships (because its dictators after Mao were saner.) But compared to its ethnic neighbors, it failed miserably with its per capita income only a small fraction of Taiwan's, SK's and Japan's.
And cheen had the huge advantage of capital poured in from ethnically similar but capitalistic democratic free societies on its rim. Through their FDI, PRC benefited from free nations even itself was a dictatorship.
Finally, we must differentiate between rational and irrational dictatorships. Singapore, and the PRC to a great extent, is a rational dictatorship that understands the market. The TSP is not.