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India signs deal for its own LIGO

India today signed an agreement with the National Science Foundation to build its own LIGO gravitational wave detector

This deal, combined with the possibility that TMT might move to India as well, suggests that India is about to move aggressively from the Third World to the First. And the reason, after decades of wallowing in poverty and failure, is that they finally abandoned in the late 1990s the Soviet models of socialism and communism and embraced private enterprise and capitalism, ideas championed by the United States.

If only some modern Americans would do the same.

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Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
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One comment

  • Tom Billings

    “And the reason, after decades of wallowing in poverty and failure, is that they finally abandoned in the late 1990s the Soviet models of socialism and communism and embraced private enterprise and capitalism, ideas championed by the United States.”

    Actually, the fight with the Babu State continues. It has existed inside India since at least the Empire of Asoka, adapting to one conqueror after another, and the local Babu still expects to be treated with the deference due a representative of an Emperor. Fortunately for these science projects, the Babus are among those hungry to demonstrate what their State can do to boost India’s standing in the world.

    IMHO, they are still in a steep part of their climb out of agrarian culture, and will be as long as their Babu State has the ear of the politicians. Yes, our progressive movement has put us in that position as well through their efforts over the last 130 years. After all, the great patron of academia from whence progressivism sprung is the State, which is staffed by the same academic clerk sorts that make up the Babu State.

    The Babu State will gladly adopt the physical epiphenomena of industrial technology. Still, Indian culture is a long way from telling them to take a hike, allowing freedoms of participation in the worldwide networks of industrial society, and the Babus intend to keep it that way.

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