About Joshua Rosenblum

Phlegmatic paladin of the Enlightenment, Defender of Liberty hither and yon!

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  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    The United States, notes Josef Joffe, produces 17 percent of the world’s science and engineering Ph.D.s, more than any other country. And seven of ten foreign-born Ph.D.s wind up staying in the United States.45 Meanwhile, no living person from Singapore, Finland, or South Korea (those K–12 powerhouses) has ever won a science Nobel.
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    The most significant defect is this: A modern economy needs to create space for gadflies—for the misfit intellects and born contrarians who may often be nothing more than social nuisances but are also often the innovators and change agents. Political and economic systems that nurture gadflies—by providing meaningful legal guarantees of freedom of speech, conscience, and association; and by nurturing a culture that admires iconoclasm, rewards entrepreneurship, and offers second chances to those who fail on the first try—will be the systems that maintain an edge on their competitors.
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    The most glaring examples of tofu-dregs, however, are the economic statistics on which China makes its claims to being the world’s new superpower. Since the time of Mao, village collectives and state-run companies have reported exaggerated production figures to local municipalities, which in turn report exaggerated productivity to their counties, right up the chain of economic dishonesty. The result is that China annually reports an estimated $1 trillion in make-believe growth.
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    In February 2011, a few months after Friedman’s brief ride, the Chinese Communist Party fired Liu Zhijun, the head of the railway ministry and the mastermind of China’s high-speed rail ambitions. The official reason, reported The New York Times, was “severe violations of discipline,” Communist Party code for personal corruption. But the problems went much deeper. Thousands of miles of high-speed track had been laid in record time at the price of shoddy construction. “A person with ties to the ministry,” the Times reported that year, “said that the concrete bases for the system’s...
  • Joshua shared from America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder by Bret Stephens
    Declinism is also, often, a yearning for a more autocratic (or technocratic) form of governance that, if nothing else, can get things done.
    Note: beware of people who promise to "Get things done."
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Joshua Rosenblum