Channeling Jews, Chinese…And Americans Of Then And Now

Sleeping On The JobComparing results of various societies is as discouraged as it is interesting, one supposes, because so many who are influential are so heavily invested in their particular situation that they therefore, wish to avoid comparisons. If the Jews are generally visibly more productive and thereby, wealthier than others, those setting standards for those others may find it easier to generate antisemitism than to alter the way they do things enough to improve matters for the mass of population they control. In fact, history suggests that you may count on that.

Another culture that adapts well wherever it goes is the Chinese. In America, they have moved  over some hundred years or so, from imported railroad labor equivalent to recently freed black slaves all the way to an increasingly secure place in the upper echelons of American society. Like the Jews, whatever they set out to accomplish, they tend to do well.

The prevailing English-speaking American society recognized and constitutionalized by the American Founders shared some characteristics with both Jews and Chinese: They valued education, a strong work ethic, personal and institutional honesty and enough individual freedom to provide opportunity for those seeking it. And they poured the desire to seek it into their children along with their mothers’ milk. This electorate resulted in a government that promoted easy and cheap access to resources and opportunity as its response to the desires and needs of its citizens. The result we see today, a cornucopia unmatched in human history.

So it is indeed interesting to see the present Americans abandoning everything upon which they have built what they have in favor of politicians’ promises that, as is so clearly presented just now with Obamacare, cannot be kept. We can see the result of what we are abandoning; we take the politicians’ word that what they offer will be better in spite of the historical evidence that it has in so many past attempts, never been so. The repetition of past failures in the expectation of different results is said to define insanity; perhaps human society is insane. But then, there remain those Jews and Chinese…

Perhaps there is a key in a single notion both those two societies and erstwhile Americans have shared: God helps he who helps himself. Self reliance as a primary, as opposed to reliance upon others or upon the almighty state. America seems to have discarded that as the Jews and Chinese have not. Maybe Americans would do well to wonder a bit how productive their society will be with workers expecting to be provided what they need and a government devoted to reducing the use of energy…

About Jack Curtis

Suspicious of government, doubtful of economics, fond of figure skating (but the off-ice part, not so much) Couple of degrees in government, a few medals in figure skating; just reading and suspicion for economics ...
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