Sunday, November 29, 2009

FLG Couldn't Have Said It Better

Lexington giving a presentation on why America might not be in decline:


FLG still can't get over how people insist that because America isn't perfect that some other nation will inevitably surpass her. Yes, we have problems with our K-12 education, health care, the list goes on, but America has a lot of things going for it. In particular, a near monopoly on the world's best universities, which in turn brings many of the world's best students, which in turn brings many of the smartest and hardest working people in the world to our shores. Actually, it's that constant worry about being surpassed that probably keeps our nation great in the end.

Or, in the immortal words of Team America: World Police -- America, Fuck Yeah!

3 comments:

J. Otto Pohl said...

I think "near monopoly" is really stretching it. There are a lot of first rate universities still in Canada, the UK, other parts of Europe, some parts of Asia, Australia and even in South Africa.

FLG said...

Otto:

I'll give you Cambridge, Oxford, some of the University of London's constituent schools, McGill, some French Grande Ecoles, a university here or there in Germany and a couple more in Japan and Australia.

J. Otto Pohl said...

That is almost a dozen schools which I would say is almost equal to the number of top rated schools in the US. So at best the US has half the world's best universities, hardly a monopoly. But, I would say there are a lot of places in Canada, Europe and other places you are missing.

 
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