Crituqing McPhail

Crituqing McPhail - Joby Martin 12/16/07 FISH IN A BARREL:...

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Joby Martin 12/16/07 FISH IN A BARREL: Critiquing the Closet Communist In order to formulate sound policy on how to help other nations develop to a level of parity with Western nations, we must first look into our past to identify why so-called “core nations” have grown so rapidly, and why others have not made similar progress. Modernity, development, and growth are fundamental matters of economics, not communications. Thomas McPhail is an expert in mass communications. He is not an economist. From page one, McPhail completely misunderstands nearly everything he tries to explain, using outdated and discredited theories to forsake history, empiricism, and reality, en route to arriving at grossly mistaken conclusions. Computer technology and diverse multimedia are merely characteristics of modernity, not the underlying causes. Modernity is driven by sustained, intensive economic growth. It is no coincidence that virtually all of the world's major technological advances over the last 300 years have come from "core" nations, who share in common economic systems and political institutions which facilitate industrial and technological innovation (North & Thomas). The onset of sustained, intensive economic growth among Western nations came during the Industrial Revolution, which began in earnest during the mid-to-late 18th Century. Before the Industrial Revolution, output per person (the chief characteristic and most accurate measurement of sustained, intensive economic growth) remained relatively unchanged since the Agricultural Revolution nearly 15,000 years prior. Since then, Western nations have seen substantial year- over-year increases in output, real wages, and GDP (North). By 1910, what began primarily in England had spread to the U.S., France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Japan, Russia, Argentina, and Uruguay However, by 1914 the process abruptly stopped; no new nation joined McPhail's list of “core” nations between 1914 and 1970, and some (most notably Argentina) fell off it. A large part of the world seemed unable to start the process of sustained, intensive economic growth, allowing elite liberal academics to decry Capitalism and fabricate the World Systems Theory and Dependency Theory. But there
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is an obvious flaw in these theories: they examine the world from a static perspective. They seek to explain a mere snapshot of the global economy taken during an era that represents a tragic detour and diversion from the path of development and modernization taking place for hundreds of years prior. (Davies) In re ipsa loquitor-- let the facts speak for themselves . The years between 1990 and 2006 saw history's largest absolute decline in worldwide poverty (Davies). In the last 20 years, those countries making the most significant shifts towards Western ideals have also seen the most substantial increases in GDP per capita: China (161.2%), Egypt (103.5%), Pakistan (67.3%), Turkey (61.6%), and India (58%).
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