Re: If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

From: John Clark (
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 23:20:28 MST

Charlie Stross <> Wrote:

> The question presupposes that cultural engineering is *possible*. With
> all due respect, I don't believe it is

I'd say cultural engineering is almost impossible but not quite, there is one
successful case. Japan was probably the most militaristic state on the planet,
it was virtually medieval with woman treated like chattel; in a very short time
it was transferred into a modern democratic nation and probably the most
pacifistic on the planet with an obsession for baseball and golf. I'm not sure
if it should be called "engineering" however, we may just have gotten lucky.

     John K Clark

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