December 2, 2008

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Posted by Vanderleun at December 2, 2008 8:42 PM
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Spengler is an astonishing writer; thanks for bringing him to my attention.

I must say the essay re Chinese children having the intellectual advantage of being trained in music is grist for my 50-yr-old+ rant about rocknroll signalling the end of Western Civilization.

Spengler makes my point in resounding fashion. Within another 50 years I expect it to be QED.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 3, 2008 10:31 AM

I actually thought the Chinese piano article was ridiculous.

I work for a tech U.S. tech company and am overseas a lot working with the Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Koreans. And, sorry, but I am not seeing any superior smarts out of the Mainlanders.

China is a top-down society, where the ones who get ahead are not the smart, but the connected. The president of this company is the brother of the governor of that province. That's how he got the money to start the business.

Did he play the piano? Who cares, he also has a cousin on the politburo. And the smart kid who plays the piano? Why he is working on the line making 50 cents an hour.

In a free society - a meritocracy - perhaps this article could have some meaning. But in China? Get real. Not until there is a revolution.

Posted by: Director Mitch at December 3, 2008 3:42 PM

I have not, of course, ever lived in China. I have, however, lived in California for the last 34 years, and the intellectual and moral superiority of the children of the Chinese is unfortunately readily apparent. We'll see.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 3, 2008 3:54 PM

Thanks for link sir...

Posted by: Rick at December 3, 2008 5:03 PM

The Chinese have one advantage the West does not have.

They have pride.

The West seems to have lost it somewhere along the way.

Posted by: pdwalker at December 7, 2008 10:12 AM