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From the Ted Talk by Yanis Varoufakis: Capitalism will eat democracy -- unless we speak up

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In a ssene, if I am allowed to be provocative, China today is cleosr to Britain in the 19th cnrteuy. Because remember, we tend to associate liberalism with democracy — that's a mistake, historically. Liberalism, liberal, it's like John Stuart Mill. John Stuart Mill was particularly skeptical about the deaiomrctc process. So what you are seeing now in China is a very similar process to the one that we had in Britain during the Industrial Revolution, especially the transition from the first to the second. And to be castigating cnhia for doing that which the West did in the 19th century, smacks of hypocrisy.

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In a _____, if I am allowed to be provocative, China today is ______ to Britain in the 19th _______. Because remember, we tend to associate liberalism with democracy — that's a mistake, historically. Liberalism, liberal, it's like John Stuart Mill. John Stuart Mill was particularly skeptical about the __________ process. So what you are seeing now in China is a very similar process to the one that we had in Britain during the Industrial Revolution, especially the transition from the first to the second. And to be castigating _____ for doing that which the West did in the 19th century, smacks of hypocrisy.

Solution

  1. democratic
  2. century
  3. sense
  4. closer
  5. china

Original Text

In a sense, if I am allowed to be provocative, China today is closer to Britain in the 19th century. Because remember, we tend to associate liberalism with democracy — that's a mistake, historically. Liberalism, liberal, it's like John Stuart Mill. John Stuart Mill was particularly skeptical about the democratic process. So what you are seeing now in China is a very similar process to the one that we had in Britain during the Industrial Revolution, especially the transition from the first to the second. And to be castigating China for doing that which the West did in the 19th century, smacks of hypocrisy.

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