JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2007/12/synchronicity.html (8 comments)

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jsid-1198266570-585260  ben at Fri, 21 Dec 2007 19:49:30 +0000

She's too attractive to be smart, so I'm dismissing anything she has to say out of hand.

jsid-1198273329-585265  Kevin Baker at Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:42:09 +0000

Ben, stop tormenting your sister!

jsid-1198282203-585269  Will Brown at Sat, 22 Dec 2007 00:10:03 +0000

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?

jsid-1198451154-585384  Kresh at Sun, 23 Dec 2007 23:05:54 +0000

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.

jsid-1198453650-585385  Kevin Baker at Sun, 23 Dec 2007 23:47:30 +0000

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. ;)

jsid-1198520621-585409  Kresh at Mon, 24 Dec 2007 18:23:41 +0000


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.


jsid-1198533875-585414  TOM at Mon, 24 Dec 2007 22:04:35 +0000

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.

jsid-1198535851-585419  Kevin Baker at Mon, 24 Dec 2007 22:37:31 +0000

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.

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