June 5, 2014

Why China Lacks Do-Gooders

Adam Minter, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

What accounts for China’s lack of good Samaritans? Theories vary, and point to factors as variable as the lack of obligations to strangers under the Confucian value system, and the social dislocation and mistrust that’s inevitable in a rapidly urbanizing, formerly agrarian society. To be sure, there was very little social theorizing in the wake of the McDonald's murder. Instead there were recriminations and a sense that “something” had to be done. “As for the moral dimension of the problem,” wrote Qiao Zhifeng, for the state-owned Yangtze River Network. “We need to introduce incentives, including rewards for courage, and material awards, as well.”

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