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  1. airmotive

    airmotive Tin Kicker

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    Not to single out Rabbi - he just seemed to be the most obvious GT member to tie this article to....it's an interesting read.

    The Tel Aviv Cluster
    By DAVID BROOKS
    Published: January 11, 2010

    Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.

    Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, but 21 percent of the Ivy League student bodies, 26 percent of the Kennedy Center honorees, 37 percent of the Academy Award-winning directors, 38 percent of those on a recent Business Week list of leading philanthropists, 51 percent of the Pulitzer Prize winners for nonfiction.

    In his book, “The Golden Age of Jewish Achievement,” Steven L. Pease lists some of the explanations people have given for this record of achievement. The Jewish faith encourages a belief in progress and personal accountability. It is learning-based, not rite-based.

    Most Jews gave up or were forced to give up farming in the Middle Ages; their descendants have been living off of their wits ever since. They have often migrated, with a migrant’s ambition and drive. They have congregated around global crossroads and have benefited from the creative tension endemic in such places.

    No single explanation can account for the record of Jewish achievement. The odd thing is that Israel has not traditionally been strongest where the Jews in the Diaspora were strongest. Instead of research and commerce, Israelis were forced to devote their energies to fighting and politics.

    Milton Friedman used to joke that Israel disproved every Jewish stereotype. People used to think Jews were good cooks, good economic managers and bad soldiers; Israel proved them wrong.

    But that has changed. Benjamin Netanyahu’s economic reforms, the arrival of a million Russian immigrants and the stagnation of the peace process have produced a historic shift. The most resourceful Israelis are going into technology and commerce, not politics. This has had a desultory effect on the nation’s public life, but an invigorating one on its economy.

    Tel Aviv has become one of the world’s foremost entrepreneurial hot spots. Israel has more high-tech start-ups per capita than any other nation on earth, by far. It leads the world in civilian research-and-development spending per capita. It ranks second behind the U.S. in the number of companies listed on the Nasdaq. Israel, with seven million people, attracts as much venture capital as France and Germany combined.

    As Dan Senor and Saul Singer write in “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” Israel now has a classic innovation cluster, a place where tech obsessives work in close proximity and feed off each other’s ideas.

    Because of the strength of the economy, Israel has weathered the global recession reasonably well. The government did not have to bail out its banks or set off an explosion in short-term spending. Instead, it used the crisis to solidify the economy’s long-term future by investing in research and development and infrastructure, raising some consumption taxes, promising to cut other taxes in the medium to long term. Analysts at Barclays write that Israel is “the strongest recovery story” in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    Israel’s technological success is the fruition of the Zionist dream. The country was not founded so stray settlers could sit among thousands of angry Palestinians in Hebron. It was founded so Jews would have a safe place to come together and create things for the world.

    This shift in the Israeli identity has long-term implications. Netanyahu preaches the optimistic view: that Israel will become the Hong Kong of the Middle East, with economic benefits spilling over into the Arab world. And, in fact, there are strands of evidence to support that view in places like the West Bank and Jordan.

    But it’s more likely that Israel’s economic leap forward will widen the gap between it and its neighbors. All the countries in the region talk about encouraging innovation. Some oil-rich states spend billions trying to build science centers. But places like Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv are created by a confluence of cultural forces, not money. The surrounding nations do not have the tradition of free intellectual exchange and technical creativity.

    For example, between 1980 and 2000, Egyptians registered 77 patents in the U.S. Saudis registered 171. Israelis registered 7,652.

    The tech boom also creates a new vulnerability. As Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has argued, these innovators are the most mobile people on earth. To destroy Israel’s economy, Iran doesn’t actually have to lob a nuclear weapon into the country. It just has to foment enough instability so the entrepreneurs decide they had better move to Palo Alto, where many of them already have contacts and homes. American Jews used to keep a foothold in Israel in case things got bad here. Now Israelis keep a foothold in the U.S.

    During a decade of grim foreboding, Israel has become an astonishing success story, but also a highly mobile one.

    http://community.nytimes.com/comments/www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/opinion/12brooks.html
     
  2. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    ....and yet, we picked the only spot of land in the region without a drop of oil in it :supergrin:
     

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    There are groups doing oil exploration there due to biblical prophecies. I invested in one of them :whistling:

    http://www.zionoil.com/

    Matt
     
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    JBnTX Bible Believer

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    You didn't pick that land, it was picked for you, because there's something
    there that's far more valuable than oil.:israelflag:
     
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    I used to be a fan of Brooks but his sloppy writing reflects his sloppy thought processes. Lines like this show he's phoning it in:

    But places like Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv are created by a confluence of cultural forces, not money.

    Silicon Valley was created by cultural forces??? What culture? Computer "culture"? That's an idiotic line and shows Brooks needs an editor.

    As for Israel, well, it's simple: They need to survive. When there's a knife at your throat one will fight to survive. Jews have been persecuted for millenia and have learned to stick together to thrive.
     
  6. Rabbi

    Rabbi The Bombdiggity Lifetime Member

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    You dont think culture shapes industry?

    Look at the Asians and the Jews, they have very strong education cultures (get an education or else...) And they produce.

    Look at urban street culture that is against education, they destroy.

    You have to have the right culture to produce certain things.
     
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    I didn't say that. I was questioning the "culture" of Silicon Valley. What, exactly is that culture? It certainly isn't an ethnic culture, so what culture was Brooks referring to? :dunno:
     
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    Atlas transmogrifier

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    RichardB Silver Member

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    "They have often migrated, with a migrant’s ambition and drive. "

    As a child of two immigrants I know about this. Their kids all had the opportunity to do better than they were allowed in their birth places. We took it.
     
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    Asian. :supergrin:
     
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    Well, actually, no, not Asian, although I ate at this really great Asian restaurant when I was there once.
     
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    (Homer) Mmmmmmmmmmm!
     
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    Actually, Silicon Valley it's more along the lines of economic, buisness and technological culture that grew within the area due to relationships (both partnerships and competition) among major international electronics cooperations.

    You can literally drive down the road from HP to Sony or IBM or...you name it. This is a partial list of companies in the area.

    Adobe Systems
    Advanced Micro Devices (AMD)
    Agilent Technologies
    Apple Inc.
    Applied Materials
    Business Objects
    Cisco Systems
    eBay
    Google
    Hewlett-Packard
    Intel
    Intuit
    Juniper Networks
    LSI Logic
    National Semiconductor
    NetApp (These guys ROCK)
    Nvidia
    Oracle Corporation
    SanDisk
    Sun Microsystems
    Symantec
    Yahoo!

    It has one of the highest cocentrations of scientists and PHDs anywhere in the US let alone the world. Average income exceeds $144,000 a year.
     
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    No single explanation can account for the record of Jewish achievement.

    I know of a Book that explains quite a bit of why the Jewish people are blessed the way they are. It's quite a few thousand years old, but nonetheless, still a good read.:whistling:
     
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    Rooster Rugburn Got Pignose?

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    Agreed.

    It's no bid deal really, just a fulfilled covenant.
     
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    Another interesting view:

     
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