The Future Belongs To All Of Us

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The Future Belongs To All Of Us

Author Parag Khanna insists that the rise of Asia will not lead to the decline of America or Europe


I'm saying that we really have a truly global coexistence of superpower regions and never in history has this happened."

He also said it's a mistake to graft the history of Europe in the 19th century or America in the 20th century onto predictions about what might happen in Asia in the 21st century.

That's because Asia is geographically so vast—creating room for multiple civilizations to thrive and prosper.

That was never possible in areas with the population and size of continental Europe or the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries.

"It's really not helpful when scholars, even knowledgeable people, lead by analogy to irrelevant periods in history," Khanna said. "It's not helpful to the people of today to understand the world if even some of the greatest minds—people who I admire—can't look further back than 100 years to determine what template they want to use to understand the future. It's really quite harmful."

He also has a more nuanced view of colonialism than many historians, suggesting that European imperial powers "gave a head start to many societies of Asia".

A notable exception, he added, was the partition of India and Pakistan, which he thinks was a mistake.

In addition, Khanna said that the American alliance helped South Korea and Japan achieve stability, which helped them blossom in the latter part of the 20th century.

He also categorically rejected the notion that one country, whether it's India or China or anyone else, will dominate the entire continent in this century.

"That's simply false in Asia and in Asian history," he stated. "The history of Asia is the Asia of many great civilizations simultaneously coexisting—India and China among them. So again, this is not France and Germany."


Conflict doesn't negate Khanna's arguments 

At the same time, Khanna recognizes that conflicts and wars can occur along the path to building continental power.

That occurred in Europe in the 20th century on the way to the formation of the European Union. He doesn't discount the possibility of this occurring in Asia in the current century.

Khanna said that he has identified nine "major conflicts" that could erupt on the continent.

To cite one, he mentioned longstanding tensions between India and Pakistan. 

At the same time, he noted that it's "unbelievably inefficient for today's generation to be fighting the wars of four generations ago", referring to the history of warfare between these two nation states.

"So, I don't shy away from conflict as something that invalidates my argument," Khanna said. "In fact, there is a very cruel section of the book where I say, 'Look, war can be good for regional integration.' That's what Europe proves."

He acknowledged that publishers in some countries wanted to add a question mark to his book title, i.e. The Future Is Asian?, but he adamantly refused to allow this.

"In fact, I was actually thinking of calling the book The Present Is Asia because in so many ways, we are already in the Asian century," Khanna stated. "Quite frankly, this is not something that is subject to debate."


In large part the wealth of the western world is rooted in exploitation of other countries. Everyone can be winners but not under the current system. 

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Fair trade not free trade. Or as our neighbour to the right of Genghis Kahn gang of thugs think, no trade at all.

TPP,NAFTA (which still exists under a rebranding at the urgency of Orange Caligula) bad deals. It took and still takes thousands or tens of thousands of jobs from Canadians and a direct player in keeping wages (here and abroad) as low as possible.

Nothing but thugs and psychopaths. And they are working hard to destroy mankind. By a thousand cuts, corruption and bribery.

I give this planet 10 years tops.



The future can belong to all of us, it won't be easy, but like in the past, like now, and in the future, we will have to be vigilant, very vigilant. Why don't we use our technology to discover what the corporations combined, with their front people, the politicians, are doing behind our backs. 


Where Marinetti believed that women were too effeminate to bring about the kind of speedy progress he desired, former Google employee James Damore writes about how the gender gap in tech exists because men and women "biologically differ".


Amazon has been providing facial recognition software to police in the US. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Thomson Reuters, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions all have contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE and are profiting off the current wave of deportations and internment camps. American scientists and technology companies are helping China track minority groups. China is also hoping Google will help it suppress any kind of information about their treatment of those minority groups.Brian Merchant at Gizmodo recently wrote about all the ways big tech companies are contributing to the current climate crisis. This is before we get into the ways that YouTube is contributing to the spread of conspiracy theories, white nationalism, and fascism.




Nice little bit of tech history here.

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