The West And The Rest?

I watched 'Civilization: the West plus the Rest with Niall Ferguson' on PBS. Niall Ferguson's concept is that this: Western Civilization stumbled on 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 the very last 20 minutes of a final 2-hour episode. It's engrossing Sociology/History/Theory and I enjoyed what I saw than it. For instance, he explains why depends upon wants to wear blue-jeans and t-shirts (much like American Cowboys) and exactly how Protestantism made making an effort and getting ahead virtues of these faith(s), rather than older, Catholic view that spending less to buy things, or making an effort to improve one's place in the earth 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 (for the reason that Europeans nationalized their Reformation churches). Plus, America is showing an increase in Protestantism (Partly due to our successful adherence into 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 place that the Christian Faith is increasing like a weed'and these communities are definitely the fastest growing economies in China. Thus we have now not only lost our very own 'Protestant Work Ethic', but we now have 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 with the Chinese. O well. We still some cool issues that is hard to get in most in the rest of the planet. But were stumbling on Education, we're also allowing crooks to operate the Economy (but I expect that is certainly just a factor you must endure in all forms or era of Civilization). Besides, recent news accounts help it become quite plain how the Chinese have a similar problem, only bigger.
I 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, that will only be proof that our very own freedoms have devolved right into a mixture of lip-service and self-delusion. I do not mean our government is restrictive towards the same degree'no, I mean our corporations have succeeded in changing America right into 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 earth has taken some from the best elements of our culture, however, not until we made it surface-gloss instead on the iron core it absolutely was meant to be. In other words, given that we're really screwing the united states up, the rest of the earth wants to play one-up-manship with the corroding and corrupt system. Instead of to become lesson on fidelity and fair dealing'as well as the consequences of cutting those corners, our present powers-that-be are receiving the message that the entire world is competing with us'and that we are able to't afford get more info to fix our very own capitalist abscesses (and excesses), we have now to target keeping prior to all the other countries!
This is ludicrous, naturally. We should be improving, not competing in a very rigged race. We need federal intervention inside jobless crisis, very little different from FDR's work-projects programs. We need to repair and re-build our infrastructure. Why is it so faithfully to get the two of these things to manage each other?
The First Lady has changed improved nutrition, but I have no idea how much money or effort has thrown on the project beyond Ms. Obama's championing of the precepts. And how so are we ever about to wrest our country back from your maelstrom of idiocy the elected legislators awaken each session, when we would be the ones that elected these clowns? When did politics be a TV show?
How hard can it be to get some reasonable guy who doesn't want as a congressman, and convince him (or her) it is important enough that she / he should do it anyway? That's what we need'unwilling candidates'they're the sole kind that could be trusted.
Still, that it was a fascinating program series for history-nerds at all like me. What we actually need now may be the sequel'O, Mr. Ferguson! How do we get from this point back to civilization?

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