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January 29, 2015



Mao was more savvy. His '100 Flowers' campaign lasted long enough to unmask most internal dissidents and reformers.
Xi's kind of quick crackdown just drives dissenters into hiding, where they form a growing silent but passive opposition. Russia had that kind of 'internal emigration' in the latter years of the USSR, which really weakened the country's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.

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