About Habi Zhang

Habi Zhang, who was born and raised in a small village in Sichuan Province, China, is in her third year in a doctoral program in political science at Purdue University. She holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Pepperdine University. She has written for Real Clear Policy and Law & Liberty.

Maoism in America? The Uses of the Capitol Hill Riot

By |2021-04-22T09:27:16-05:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Liberty|

Decades of the practice of Maoism in China have shown that when government opponents are branded as "insurrectionists," and when the powerless masses act only out of fear, civil society won’t survive. This is a trajectory with which we Chinese are all too familiar. From "deplorables" to "enemies of the people"—this is a trajectory with [...]

Tocqueville and Totalitarian Democracy in America

By |2021-02-24T16:39:22-06:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Alexis de Tocqueville, American Republic, Civilization, Community, Equality, Freedom|

American democracy has proven to be a success in its representation of interests but a failure in cultivating citizenship; it has protected some civil liberties while allowing others to erode away. One lesson we can draw from its history of successes and failures is this: For a republic to succeed, institutions are not enough; civic [...]

Institutionalized Obedience: Americans & the Lockdowns

By |2021-01-12T10:56:12-06:00January 11th, 2021|Categories: American Republic, Civil Society, Liberty|

This year, against the backdrop of pandemic, the level of obedience manifested in many Americans stunned me: Why do Americans, the rugged individualists, obey edicts issued at the whim of “King” Newsom or “His Majesty” Cuomo, without a questioning of the legitimacy of those mandates? They remind me of my fellow Chinese who have been [...]

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