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The phrase "We've had quite a head start, after all" bears deconstructing.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:38:50 AM EST
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What do you mean?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:44:20 AM EST
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Who's "we"? When did the "start" happen? Where does the "head start" come from?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:51:24 AM EST
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"We" being the industrialized -- "developed" is probably a better description given the increasingly-post-industrial nature of our economies these days -- countries.  The start begins with the industrial revolution, meaning that Britain, for example, had a few hundred years' head start on China in development.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 10:59:38 AM EST
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So what happened before the industrial revolution?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 11:01:28 AM EST
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What do you mean?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 11:15:35 AM EST
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There was no economic history before that?

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 11:18:51 AM EST
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Sure, but we know what economic history was before that.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 11:21:19 AM EST
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And that has no influence on the "head start".

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 11:23:14 AM EST
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Riches begin with theft. About 5000 years ago it started.
by bil on Mon Feb 5th, 2007 at 12:55:29 PM EST
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For the modern times, I would bet on the Renaissance with the "free" money of South America...!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sat Feb 24th, 2007 at 05:03:48 AM EST
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