[ExI] War drives innovation

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 23:01:50 UTC 2011

Tara Maya wrote:
However, the paradox is that for the past five hundred years (probably more)
wars have always been won by the combatant with the strongest economy, and
usually that has meant the freest economy. Liberal England vs centralized
Napoleonic France, the capitalist democratic Allies vs. the National
Socialists, etc. The technological and financial inventions that made the
more liberal governments stronger did NOT come from the government, but in
time of war, WERE put to good use by the government.

And so what does this say about the rivalry between the United States and
Communist China?  They will fairly soon have the bigger economy, and is ours
really the most free?  We do have the technological edge, but that is
steadily eroding due to the massive Chinese espionage program aimed against
us, their demand that all foreign companies working in their nation divulge
all manufacturing tech secrets, and also because of the major resources
China is spending to modernize their military and nation in general.

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