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August 06, 2004

The Puppy Blender makes a cogent observation.

...Westerners tend to forget it, but it was a few key technologies -- primarily steam navigation and repeating firearms -- that made the era of Western colonialism possible. (See Daniel Headrick's The Tools of Empire for more on this).

It is, no doubt, as hard for American and European mandarins to imagine being conquered by Chinese troops equipped with superior weaponry as it was for Chinese Mandarins to imagine the reverse, two hundred years ago. Will our mandarins be smart enough to learn from that experience? That's the question, isn't it?

In short - yes, Glenn, it is. Anyone remember Heinlein's Revolt in 2100?

Read the whole thing at TCS.

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