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Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 62 (888 Tremors)

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Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 62 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index .

August 7, 2008

Those with very little experience with Chinese culture, but with significant influence in the West – people like Griffith Garamond – make accusations that the Chinese are unable to innovate. People like Garamond have lead themselves to believe that this mass of population exists to serve the West.

The common suggestion is that intellectual property related to operating system software is stolen and repackaged on a regular basis, or that goods that are normally manufactured in North America are copied and redistributed elsewhere in Asia and Europe at substantially lower prices, exchanging quality and value for a lower price and undermining the economic benefit for the original manufacturer that would like to keep a lock on the distribution of its products.

The stark reality is that these accusations fail to prove inability to innovate. The reality is that those in China see things quite differently.

Imagine a world without a compass, printing, paper, gun powder, the abacus (the world’s first computer), the cast iron plow or paper money.

Not possible? Thank the Chinese. These and many more inventions came from the Chinese as they expanded their knowledge base while the West wallowed in the Dark Ages. Continue reading