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Huan Yi
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0 posted 03-20-2012 07:30 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

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is the title of a recent book by Charles Murray:

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Apart-State-America-1960-2010/dp/0307453421/ref=            cm_cr_pr_product_top

You don’t really have to buy the book.
There’s a Youtube presentation of his  that lasts about an hour
that pretty much summarizes; the rest is supporting graphs.
I’m pretty much a conservative, which anyone paying attention
to my posts can figure out, yet I take issue with Murray’s conclusions.
I’m interested in opinions contrary to his own.

One of my issues is with his idea of the “cognitive elite”.
They may indeed be very intelligent,as measured by academia,
but I found them in my business experience not very thoughtful
and wholly amoral as regards to their appreciation of the consequences
of their ordained power.   In my experience, they treating the manufacturing
sector as an commodity wholly eviscerated it leading to its fall as a prime
creator of value to be traded around the world.   I never found them to
be admired or envied and frankly see them, in business, in the same camp as
contingency lawyers; predators upon a system that never had them
in mind.


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Huan Yi
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1 posted 04-13-2012 07:27 PM       View Profile for Huan Yi   Email Huan Yi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Huan Yi

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There are a number of discussions
of Murray's book involving Murray
that can be viewed on the net.

One of the things I think he keeps on
missing regarding the "cognitive elite"
is that they're not making their money
by creating anything except "wealth" by
words or numbers.

If this "cognitive elite" is so intelligent
why did the country almost melt down in 2008?

I think it's because the "elite"
like idiot savants are very good at games
played on the financial market, in government,
and courts of civil law, while wholly unable
to know how, for example, to bend steel
into anything anyone in the real world
would buy


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