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Daniel A. Bell

Daniel A. Bell has written 19 posts for Daniel A. Bell (贝淡宁)

Demonization of Chinese Intellectuals

I’m not surprised to see demonization of the Chinese government these days but it’s more surprising to see demonization of Chinese intellectuals. I’ve just seen David Ownby’s misleading introduction and translation of Wang Hui’s article commemorating Lenin’s 150th birthday (https://www.readingthechinadream.com/wang-hui-revolutionary-personality.html). I feel I must intervene. Wang Hui is a friend and we have been co-teaching … Continue reading

Dialogue on Sortition with Professors Wang Shaoguang and Yves Sintomer

As dean at Shandong University, I’ve hosted some cross-cultural dialogues on various themes. I plan to put them together in book form but the Covid crisis makes it difficult to invite speakers and continue the dialogues (for the moment?). So let me put online some of the dialogues we’ve had so far. Here is the … Continue reading

Dialogue on Rabbinic and Confucian Wisdom

As dean at Shandong University, I’ve hosted some cross-cultural dialogues on various themes. I plan to put them together in book form but the Covid crisis makes it difficult to invite speakers and continue to dialogues (for the moment?). So let me put online some of the dialogues we’ve had so far. This dialogue leads … Continue reading

Interview with Center on National Security about my new book (co-authored with Wang Pei), Just Hierarchy (Princeton University Press)

Thanks to John Berger for excellent questions. Here is the interview: https://www.centeronnationalsecurity.org/vital-interests-issue-32-daniel-bell And here is a Chinese translation: https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/mEvsh2IISipY2nXWpaKt6Q

Two online “book talks” in two languages

Thanks so much to Princeton University Press’s Beijing office for efficient and thoughtful organization of an online book talk on May 29th. We presented my new book Just Hierarchy (Princeton University Press) talk with Q and A followed by an informative summary and video link.  It’s in Chinese and my brilliant co-author Wang Pei did … Continue reading

From Ferguson’s Fake Fact to a Full-Blown, Government-Led Conspiracy Theory: The Missing Link

As readers of my blog will know, Niall Ferguson’s allegation that the Chinese government allowed regular flights out of Wuhan to cities in the US and Europe after they were cut off to the rest of China has been debunked (see https://www.factcheck.org/2020/05/trumps-flawed-china-travel-conspiracy/ and https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-05-31/comment/corrections-and-clarifications-8tvc73g3c).   Unfortunately, the allegation was repeated by President Trump several times, including his … Continue reading

“Debate” with Professor Ferguson: Another Update

  Thanks to Professor Ferguson for correcting his error-filled initial response to my blog (http://www.niallferguson.com/blog/six-questions-for-xi-jinping-another-update). He now correctly notes my nationality (Canadian, not American) and has deleted the wrong information about my latest book and field of expertise. I also thank Professor Ferguson for conceding that his allegation that the Chinese government allowed regular international … Continue reading

President Trump repeats fake news that Chinese govt allowed flights out of Wuhan to rest of world after they were cut off to the rest of China

Here is what Trump said: “What China really treated the world badly on was, they stopped people going into China, but they didn’t stop people going into the USA and all over the world,” he said. “You couldn’t fly out of Wuhan to go to Beijing and or to any place in China… you could … Continue reading

Two podcasts on my recent book Just Hierarchy (Princeton University Press, 2020), co-authored with Wang Pei

1. The new books network podcast with Keith Krueger   What are the arguments in favor of social hierarchies? Are there differences in how hierarchy is viewed and valued in China compared with other countries? Which forms of social hierarchy are morally justified and how can they be promoted in the future?Drawing on a wide … Continue reading

Did the Chinese Government Deliberately Export Covid-19 to the Rest of the World?

US President Donald Trump said at Saturday’s news briefing that Beijing should face consequences if it was “knowingly responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic (https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3080574/trump-says-china-could-face-consequences). Where do such allegations come from? Surprisingly, it’s not just from the fertile imaginations of obscure conspiracy theorists or Hollywood screenwriters. Such claims are also published in mainstream media organizations. Niall Ferguson … Continue reading