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Importance of Freedom and the Power of Knowledge
Joseph Manimala, September 8,1996
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Nowadays many people, even free world intellectuals under value democracy. Totalitarian control over citizenry is recommended as the reasonable way to progress. But totalitarian countries’ super growth rates are a myth (20% GDP growth add about 7 billion dollars to Singapore economy. But only a modest 5% growth adds 50 billion dollars to Indian economy. America, world’s largest economy has only about 3% GDP growth. World’s richest country grouping, G-7, hasn’t a single nondemocratic member. Among 25 developed countries there are only 2 non democracies. Authoritarian Singapore pales before democratic Japan.
Whenever restrictions imposed on a society, its efficiency and vigor declined. In fifteenth century liberal Protestant countries surpassed restrictive Catholic countries in scientific achievements. The Story of Mankind - Hendrik Willern Van Loon.
However strong they became, oppressive regime always collapsed. Inquisition Spain, Nazi Germany, Communist USSR. Resource rich USSR stagnated under totalitarian rule. But with scarce resources free Japan became an economic miracle.
The Swiss are praised for their clock work precision and meticulous efficiency. In liberal Sweden women enjoy highest status in the world. France outperforms almost all countries in fashion, culture and new technologies. America is world’s foremost foreign investment destination. Investors prefer it over Japan and Germany. Neither Japan nor Germany has the ultimate investment haven credential; the capability and willingness to use military power for protecting economy and investments.
But America’s strength lies not on its economy or military. But on its mass culture. American books, mags, films and music rule the earth. Also in the global technological race too, America has the edge. Thanks to its awesome knowledge base. It successfully attracts talent from Russia and India. Liberty gives America such innovative power.
However, an open society cannot conceal its short comings. Americans are on the whole, very frank about their troubles and do believe in open discussions. Topmost American writers describe America fairly and modestly. In his book Economics For our Times (1967), Mr. Augustus H. Smith fairly describes poverty in the United States. He also expressed concern over Soviet overtaking of America in Science and GDP. In Power Shift, Alvin Toffler points out America’s strength and acknowledges its weak points. He underlines the power of knowledge.
Imagination is the driving force behind human progress. Yesterday’s wildest dreams become today’s realities those great visionaries like Jules Verne and Arthur C. Clarke, with their amazing imagination and foresight driver our civilization to unthinkable heights. Freedom does enhance creativity and nurture progress.
Oct.1997 S E Asia Crash/Meltdown proves my article. I wrote this when democracy was out of fashion.