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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Is Australia Still "The Lucky Country?"

The iconic book is more relevant now than when it was written.

I lived in Australia for 18 years before I read this book. Every single conclusion the author had reached I had reached independently with no outside help or hints from any other literature. I found I was so synchronized with his evaluation I could not draw any distinctions between his writing and my own.

I cannot describe the cruel, horrible tragedy of living in a country which has led the entire world in innovation and has never profited from any of it. Software development, The C language, most of the paradigms that govern the modern era were created here. Countless engineering and physical marvels and breakthroughs. Untold excellence in every field from astrophysics to neuroscience. Not a single one of these breakthroughs has created any industry or business or success here - rather they are immediately purchased and taken offshore to create industry elsewhere.

Australia is not a land where merit is rewarded. Quite the opposite. I can't begin to tell you how many people I have met here who are clearly ten times better than me at software development and not a single one of them has ever been anything but a pariah or shunned outcast inside of their own company. Exceptional people are treated like lepers or carnival freaks in Australia. Hardly a surprise the emigration rate is astronomical.

8 comments:

HalibetLector said...

OT: I decided to watch the season 3 premiere of a show called "newsroom". In it, it depicts an alternate reality version of how the tv writers think the news should have covered the boston marathon bombing.

There's something slightly bizarre about watching a tv show cover a completely fabricated event "the right way".

back on topic, why do you suppose so many things were created in aus but never saw any success? Clearly there's a chunk of neanderthal ingenuity on the island. Are those people simply outnumbered? At the very least you'd think somebody there would have figured out how to take advantage and make themselves rich, whether they be the idiots or the geniuses.

Ave said...

"I cannot describe the cruel, horrible tragedy of living in a country which has led the entire world in innovation and has never profited from any of it."

Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" (2013) would interest you in this regard and in a dozen others.

Texas Arcane said...

@Halibet

The smart individuals have sold out or accepted offers to come and develop their idea offshore to capitalise it.

The good ones are outnumbered 1000-to-1 by the lowliest of thugs who run things. So the smart ones emigrate out. They've been doing it for decades.

Ron said...

"I cannot describe the cruel, horrible tragedy of living in a country which has led the entire world in innovation and has never profited from any of it."

You mean like Israel? ;D

::ducks::

Ron said...

Seriously, when are you going to start your own company? You see how guys like you are getting the short end of the stick. You have great ideas, etc etc. get 5 or 6 of these guys together and make something.

Herman said...

"Every single conclusion the author had reached I had reached independently with no outside help or hints from any other literature." how I feel about your blog

John Cougar Melonhead said...

Lao Tzu said, "Too much success is not an advantage."

Higgs Boson officially debunked:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/10/researchers_cast_doubt_on_higgs_boson_discovery/

"The current data is not precise enough to determine exactly what the particle is. It could be a number of other known particles."

I should have gone into theoretical physics. You get paid a fat wad of cash every year to sit around and make s#@t up, and if your theories get debunked, that just means you need more funding.

Grognard said...

There's no lucky countries any more. They are all overrun by third world and all decaying places with too few jobs.

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