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But they have a 2400 year tradition of central rule by an authority that needed to be seen to possess "the mandate of Heaven."

Europe is no stranger to the "divine right of Kings" either, and whist secular government has made great strides in Europe in the past few centuries, it sometimes seems that no one other that fanatical (if utterly hypocritical) Christians can successful stand for election in the US (or promotion in the military)...

Obama seems to be trying to out Bliar Blair with his faith based initiatives and determination not to be seen as opposed to the "Christian" "mainstream".

Thus the attempt to achieve some transcendent legitimation/justification for power does not seem to be restricted to the Chinese!  If anything, Confucianism/Taoism is much less deistic than Christianity....

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Sep 17th, 2009 at 02:22:50 PM EST
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