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Tuesday, 31 January 2012


There is one other phenomenon, unmentioned in the article: America in the latter third of the 20th century liberated half its population -- women -- who remain enslaved in large parts of the rest of the world. The result was not simply the addition of huge human capital to the work force, but additional competition for the male half, which required them to get better too. The same society that welcomed Jews in the beginning of the century, and managed a civil rights revolution in the 50s and 60s, enabled women in the latter part to participate in the larger economy if they wanted. Big data, smart manufacturing and the wireless revolution are technological advances, but a free society (which requires the limitation of big government and the amount of resources it takes from the economy, in order to make individual liberty meaningful) is the key.
Mannie Sherberg
Kudos to Elan. The two things he mentions as major contributions to a vibrant and burgeoning America -- welcoming Jews into full participation in the economy and welcoming women -- are two of the things that -- by their absence -- will keep the Muslim world mired largely in the 7th century. Not even an Iranian nuke can change the fact that a society that proscribes full participation by Jews and by women is a society that has chosen to keep itself permanently stunted. Under present circumstances, the best any Islamic society can hope to be is a copy-cat society -- but copying American technology is not what they need -- it's copying the American ethos, the very thing they most despise.

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