Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress by Samuel P. Huntington, Lawrence E. Harrison

By Samuel P. Huntington, Lawrence E. Harrison

Fashionable students and newshounds examine the query of why, initially of the twenty-first century, the area is extra divided than ever among the wealthy and the terrible, among these residing in freedom and people below oppression.

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Japan moved into the second industrial revolution with an alacrity that belied its inexperience. The traditional account of Japan’s successful and rapid industrialization rings with praise, somewhat mitigated by distaste for the somber and intense nationalist accompaniment-the ruthless drive that gave the development process meaning and urgency. This was the first non-Western country to industrialize, and it remains today an example to other late bloomers. Other countries sent young people abroad to learn the new ways and lost them; Japanese expatriates came back home.

But it also cut themoff from competition, stimuli, and opportunities for growth. Dependencistu arguments flourished in Latin America. They traveled well, resonating after World War I1 with the economic plight and political awareness of newly liberated colonies. Cynics might saythat dependency doctrines have been Latin America’s most successful export. But they have been bad for effort and morale. By fostering a morbid propensity to find fault with everyone but oneself, they promote economic impotence.

England especially offered a lesson in self-development. Once a small, insular nation-like Japan-England had systematically pursued a policy of self-aggrandizement. The Navigation Acts were crucial in raising the national merchant marine to a positionof international dominance. Not until Britain had achieved industrial leadership did it abandon protection for laissez-faire. (Not a bad analysis. ) To be sure, Japan would not have the tariff and commercial autonomy that seventeenth-century England had enjoyed.

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