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post Nov 23, 2009, 05:41 AM
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China incline USA decline?

America now has an open society but few Americans have the Critical Thinking skills and intellectual sophistication required to maintain that status. The question becomes: "can a democracy survive in a world where technology is driving change at a very rapid pace?” Darwin informs us that if a species cannot adapt to its changing environment that species will soon become toast.

I suspect that China represents an example of how such a fact plays out. China, an authoritarian form of capitalism, is likely destined to become the dominant power in the 21st century because an authoritarian system can better adapt to a rapidly changing world. America displays a nation unable to quickly adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Karl Popper argues, in his book The Open Society and Its Enemies, that all ideology shares a common characteristic; a belief in infallibility.

The concept Popper illustrates in this book sounds much like the concept of a liberal democracy but his concept is more epistemological than political. It is based upon our imperfect comprehension of reality more than our structure of society. Such infallibility is an impossibility, which leads such ideological practitioners to use force to substantiate their views and such repression brings about a closed society.

Popper proposed that the open society is constructed on the recognition that our comprehension of reality is not perfect—there is realty beyond our comprehension and our will cannot compensate for that lack of comprehension. Even though the will of the power structure can manipulate the opinions of the citizens sooner or later reality will defeat the will. Truth does matter and success will not always override truth—truth being reality.
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post Nov 27, 2009, 11:30 PM
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The Celestial Empire is rising. I read that China is going to make world-wide investments and views even Africa as harbor for shipping its products.

A segment of nations shall specialize on innovations, a segment on production a segment on training etc. I do not see any negative thing in that.

Here please consider speech of Mr. HVR (Herman Van Rompuy) over better organized world http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXWeOa-FuyM

Mankind faces redistribution of goods and services worldwide. New Inn[k]ovations shall definitely make this world a better place to live in.
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And concerning the ideas of Karl you mention Coberst, I think one should not underestimate the power of belief and so called Cathedral Magic possibly backing that infallibility logic you mention. So if it works it may turn that optionally it is not such a false belief as strait materialistic logic may consider it.

I think the power of belief should be reconsidered from more balanced point of view e.g. I think that the key alchemical approaches and e.g. ideas of honorable Mr. Tiller* (I mean the one who is physicist wink.gif , though laugh.gif ) require fundamental re-balancing for systems containing huge number of elements.

The statement reflected in “item # 7 Everything Hank says is right” though sounds too hilarious but who knows…
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*) Mr. Tiller, Zohara Hieronimus, Future Talk, March 16, 2002.
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No, what would happen if America decided to stop buying from China. We are hands down the biggest consumer of their products. America knows this too. Just remeber who has more power: the buyer or the seller.
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I suspect that China represents an example of how such a fact plays out. China, an authoritarian form of capitalism, is likely destined to become the dominant power in the 21st century because an authoritarian system can better adapt to a rapidly changing world. America displays a nation unable to quickly adapt to a rapidly changing world.
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