The West And The Rest?

I watched 'Civilization: the West plus the Rest with Niall Ferguson' on PBS. Niall Ferguson's concept is this fact: Western Civilization located control the planet through the success of combining six 'killer apps', i.e. (1) Competition; (2) Science; (3) Modern Medicine; (4) Democracy; (5) Consumerism; and (6) the (Protestant) work ethic.
So allow me to amend my first statement'I watched a final 20 minutes of the past 2-hour episode. It's engrossing Sociology/History/Theory and I enjoyed what I saw from it. For instance, he explains why depends upon wants to wear blue-jeans and t-shirts (the same as American Cowboys) and just how Protestantism made making an effort and getting ahead virtues of the faith(s), instead of the older, Catholic view that lowering costs to buy things, or making an effort to improve one's place in the globe were either vanity or greed and a lot probably both.
The saddest part was his account of how atheism in Europe has left their Sunday morning church services virtually abandoned (considering that the Europeans nationalized their Reformation churches). Plus, America is showing an increase in Protestantism (Partly due to our successful adherence with a 'separation of church and state', and partly because on the number and number of protestant churches). But the topper was that China has regions the location where the Christian Faith is increasing like a weed'and these communities will be the fastest growing economies in China. Thus we've got not only lost our very own 'Protestant Work Ethic', but we've transplanted that productivity-enhancing philosophy to mainland China.
For shame! Our proudest possession, that 'Good Ol' American Can-Do Spirit!' is actually in the hands with the Chinese. O well. We still some cool stuffs that is hard to discover in most in the rest of the earth. But we have been stumbling on Education, were allowing crooks to operate the Economy (but I expect which is just a factor you must endure of all sorts or era of Civilization). Besides, recent news accounts allow it to be quite plain that this Chinese share the same problem, only bigger.
I read more don't want to sound anti-Chinese'it's exactly that their leaders enforce a repressive government'if we could no longer outdo them in commerce, which could only be proof that our very own freedoms have devolved in a mixture of lip-service and self-delusion. I do not mean the government is restrictive towards the same degree'no, I mean which our corporations have succeeded in changing America in a place that emphasizes the 'freedom' of corporations and banks to enact legislation that favors their bottom-lines'or their protection against unsatisfied citizens.
I guess what irks me most may be the idea that the entire world has taken some in the best regions of our culture, although not until we made it surface-gloss instead from the iron core it absolutely was meant to be. In other words, seeing that we're really screwing the united states up, the rest of the earth wants to play one-up-manship with this corroding and corrupt system. Instead of learning to be a lesson on fidelity and fair dealing'along with the consequences of cutting those corners, our present powers-that-be increasingly becoming the message that the entire world is competing with us'and that you can't afford to fix your own capitalist abscesses (and excesses), we've got to consentrate on keeping in front of all the other countries!
This is ludicrous, obviously. We should be improving, not competing in a very rigged race. We need federal intervention within the jobless crisis, little different from FDR's work-projects programs. We need to repair and re-build our infrastructure. Why is it so faithfully to get these things to manage each other?
The First Lady has created improved nutrition, but I are not aware of how much money or effort has been thrown in the project beyond Ms. Obama's championing of their precepts. And how shall we be ever likely to wrest our country back from your maelstrom of idiocy which our elected legislators awaken each session, when we will be the ones that elected these clowns? When did politics turn into a TV show?
How hard can it be to discover some reasonable guy who doesn't want to become congressman, and convince him (or her) that it is important enough that she / he should do it anyway? That's what we actually need'unwilling candidates'they're the sole kind that will be trusted.
Still, it absolutely was a fascinating program series for history-nerds at all like me. What we actually need now will be the sequel'O, Mr. Ferguson! How do we get from this level back to civilization?

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