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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 07:00 AM

22. darn good post

America's post WW2 prosperity had a lot of other factors besides American's being so superior to the rest of the world. Our competition had been crushed and destroyed much of their manufacturing infrastructure.

The story of Dr. Edwards Demings success with SPC in America during WW2 and the subsequent post war amnesia American Manufacturing had about him is interesting to me.

Dr. Deming went to Japan in the fifties and they devoured his quality and SPC concepts and he was the basis for their rebuild of their manufacturing capability. His simple concept of "continuous improvement" led them from making tin toys (where you could still see the American labeling on the inside from the oil can the toy used to be) to the best cars,machine tools and electronic devices of the world.

In the eighties, when the Japanese manufacturing miracle was cleaning America's clocks, they said to us; "Well, geez, Americans, all we did was listen and embrace this Dr. Deming that you tossed out on his ass after WW2."

American exceptionalism is more like American arrogance. And our arrogance has caused us to repeat all the classic historical mistakes of large empires. I don't think we are in decline. I merely hope we assume our rightful and humble place as damn good players on the world stage that happens to have a lot of other good players doing what they're good at also.

The main thing we're still world class is tending to our bloated military-industrial-congressional complex. Making stuff with the sole purpose of killing people and blowing stuff up while the rest of the world makes cooler and cooler things average consumers can really use.

Think of the good America could bring to the world if it built up a "war time effort" directed at solving global warming, poverty, health and economic fairness and prosperity! Sadly, the selfish greedheads that now own American government outright are not directing our national will in those areas. One sad consequence of the concentration of wealth those primitive selfish people have wrought. The greed of the .001% American wealthy is needlessly wrecking the entire world so those sociopaths can accumulate even more yachts, tax breaks, vacation homes, private jets, home auto elevators and cut to the front of the line in trendy night spots.

-90% Jimmy

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