Re: CHAT: The [+foreign] attribute
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, September 28, 2002, 10:32|
Thomas Wier wrote:
>Quoting Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>:
> > Thomas Wier wrote:
> > > > > What makes the US so powerful is that it is not only very
> > > > > it is wealthy with such a large population.
> > > >
> > > > IMHO the only reason the US are so powerful. It is after all the
> > > > most populous country of the First World.
> > >
> > >I'm not sure you understand what those two facts actually mean.
> > >Great wealth means nothing more than having access to a large amount
> > >of material resources, and great population means having access to
> > >a large amount of human resources (ideas, skills, beliefs, etc. in
> > >addition to raw muscle power). "Power" for our purposes is defined
> > >as the ability to marshall material and human resources toward a
> > >particular goal. So, when you say that the "only" reason is these
> > >two facts, you are speaking tautologously.
> > You've lost me here, I'm afraid. Since when does the possession of
> > resources, human or material, necessarily confer the ability to
> > such resources towards a particular goal?
> I was considering the institutional apparatus, de jure or de facto,
> to marshall said resources part of human resources. Perhaps it might
> better to isolate that as a third criterion.
Now you are making sense. And yes, I definitely think the institutional
apparatus should be isolated as a separate factor.
> (By institution, I mean
> guidelines for acting in a given circumstance and individuals assigned
> for that purpose that are *seen* as legitimate across a given society.
> The US is by and large seen to be acting legitimately in a way that
> the EU, even with its Parliament, is not.)
> > F'rinstance, the EU has a greater population than the US, and, IIRC, a
> > similar-sized economy.
> Well, the EU has about 75 million greater population, but has an
> economy about $1.5 trillion smaller: US's $9.963 trillion to the EU's
> $8.478 trillion.
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