The first article addresses Leung Chun-ying's (Chief Executive of Hong Kong) support of China's continued role in screening future leaders for Hong Kong. This support continues despite the umbrella revolution of youth and others seeking a purer democracy. Leung's argument focuses on prevention of "giving poorer residents a dominant voice in politics." The elite of Hong Kong are concerned of what will happen if just anyone is provided a vote.
Directly below this article, also on page A10, is a sublime example of what can happen when people have equal voice despite income or social status or caste. In Jakarta, Indonesia, Joko Widodo was recently sworn in as President. This is noteworthy because Widodo emerged from a Javan slum and is the first president not tied to the country's political or military elite.
I think to the United States' creation of the electoral college, as a caution against the uneducated voter. I think to the establishment of Citizens United and Super PACs that allow funneling of monies from companies to politicians. I am left to wonder what allows for purer democracy: voter access is key, not limiting voters by ID restrictions is key, flexibility in who can run is key. Yet even in the United States, a marker of "democracy," the individual's voice can be silenced by the corporation.
Take the opportunity that you have to vote in the November 4 elections.