The West And The Rest?

I watched 'Civilization: the West along with the Rest with Niall Ferguson' on PBS. Niall Ferguson's concept is: Western Civilization reached control the earth through the chance 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 of the usb ports. For instance, he explains why the whole planet wants to wear blue-jeans and t-shirts (much like American Cowboys) and ways in which Protestantism made spending so much time and getting ahead virtues in their faith(s), as opposed to the older, Catholic view that lowering costs to buy things, or spending so much time to improve one's place in the earth were either vanity or greed and quite a few probably both.
The saddest part was his account of how atheism in Europe has left their Sunday morning church services virtually abandoned (as the Europeans nationalized their Reformation churches). Plus, America is showing an increase in Protestantism (Partly due to our successful adherence to some 'separation of church and state', and partly because in the number and selection of protestant churches). But the topper was that China has regions in which the Christian Faith keeps growing like a weed'and these communities are definitely the fastest growing economies in China. Thus we've not only lost our very own 'Protestant Work Ethic', but we've got transplanted that productivity-enhancing philosophy to mainland China.
For shame! Our proudest possession, that 'Good Ol' American Can-Do Spirit!' is currently in the hands from the Chinese. O well. We still some cool items that is hard to get in most with the rest of the entire world. But we have been stumbling on Education, we have been allowing crooks to operate the Economy (but I expect that's just a factor you must endure of any type or era of Civilization). Besides, recent news accounts allow it to become quite plain that this Chinese have the identical problem, only bigger.
I don't want to sound anti-Chinese'it's simply that their leaders enforce a repressive government'if we can easily no longer outdo them in commerce, that may only be proof that your own freedoms have devolved right into a mixture of lip-service and self-delusion. I do not mean which our government is restrictive for the same degree'no, I mean that the corporations have succeeded in changing America to 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 would be the idea that the entire world has taken some with the best regions of our culture, although not until there was made it surface-gloss instead from the iron core that it was meant to be. In other words, seeing that we're really screwing the united states up, the rest of the globe wants to play one-up-manship with his corroding and corrupt system. Instead of being a lesson on fidelity and fair dealing'plus the consequences of cutting those corners, our present powers-that-be are obtaining the message that the whole planet is competing with us'and that you can't afford to fix our website very own capitalist abscesses (and excesses), we've to target keeping prior to all the other countries!
This is ludicrous, certainly. We should be improving, not competing within a 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 over-time to get these things to handle each other?
The First Lady has created improved nutrition, but I have no idea of how much money or effort has been thrown for the project outside Ms. Obama's championing of the company's precepts. And how shall we be ever gonna wrest our country back on the maelstrom of idiocy which our elected legislators awaken each session, when we include the ones that elected these clowns? When did politics turn into a TV show?
How hard can it be to locate some reasonable guy who doesn't want as a congressman, and convince him (or her) that it is important enough that they should do it anyway? That's what we need'unwilling candidates'they're the only real kind that may be trusted.
Still, it absolutely was a fascinating program series for history-nerds as i am. What we need now could be the sequel'O, Mr. Ferguson! How do we get came from here back to civilization?

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