The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
She's too attractive to be smart, so I'm dismissing anything she has to say out of hand.
Ben, stop tormenting your sister!
I'm particularly intrigued by the comily professor's notion of "strategic tolerance". The transition from suspicion and mis-trust to self-confidence and reliance upon others - without a shared formulation or infrastructure to encourage such a process - would seem to be a necessary component of a society growing into such a dominant position.
I wonder what part that aspect plays in the downfall of a "hyperpower". I don't associate these particular states of mind with the notion of citizenship necessarily in either modern or ancient times. What causes numerous people to accept such a risk, and what causes them to stop doing so?
Very interesting until the end. The sudden dive from sober analysis into the usual-lefty message of "OUR pre-emptive war/ militaristic response to terrorism is bad" is a bit disjointed. It seems out of place, seeing as how she kept stressing the "The tolerance I speak of is not our modern version of tolerance." Still, much good food for thought. It just helped solve a frustrating issue that I was having with a concept that I was trying to work through; how to unite unlike-people and build a working society in a survival situation.
Oddly enough, a female co-worker (who is quite attractive), and myself just had a conversation about the difference between smart history professors and wise history professors. Amy Chua seems to fall under the former category, instead of the latter.
Yes, I'll be buying the book as well. "Guns, Germs, and Steel" was a valued addition to my small library, and I think Kevin is far better than Oprah when it comes to book suggestions. I'm sure none of Kevin's suggestions will involve traveling pants.
The really interesting thing, Kresh, is that Professor Chua is a professor of Law, not History.
And I greatly appreciate the positive comparison to The Oprah. ;)
Oops. Yep, law perfesser it is. Perhaps I should had amended that and removed the history part of the equation. Either way.
Yeah, Oprah got nothin on you... except about 50 ba-jillion more viewers. Still, I'd bet your have more, ah, unique hits than she does.
This was worth watching although that comment comes from someone addicted to BookNotes on CSPAN2.
I did find it ironic that she felt China's barrier to becoming a hyper- power was its lack of commitment to diversity...she doesn't have to look very far to see the strategy is to China-fy externally rather than to diversify internally.
No, but she's saying that doing so won't allow China to become a hyperpower.
Superpower status on the other hand is quite achievable.