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Apropos of Jim Manzi's "Keeping America's Edge"...

May I say that after he spends his time writing:

One obvious response is to use the political process to both slow down the rate of innovation to an acceptable pace and redistribute the country's economic output.... This is the logic of the welfare state, and the direction pursued by much of Western Europe since the Second World War.... From 1980 through today, America's share of global output has been constant at about 21%. Europe's share, meanwhile, has been collapsing in the face of global competition — going from a little less than 40% of global production in the 1970s to about 25% today. Opting for social democracy instead of innovative capitalism, Europe has ceded this share...

It is a bit rich for Jim Manzi to write:

I used the word "Europe" as per its dictionary definition...

i.e., to include the European Soviet Union and Eastern Europe? None of which "opted for social democracy" or pursued "the logic of hte welfare state"?

Especially since, as Paul Krugman points out, he didn't use "Europe" as per its dictionary definition:

[U]sing the "dictionary definition" of Europe, its share of the world economy declined from 40 percent to 31 percent, not 25. My guess is that Manzi used Europe including Eastern Europe and the European USSR for 1970, but only Western Europe for 2008...


UPDATE: Manzi now writes:

I was very careful to try to identify only economic output of those sub-components of the USSR that were West of the Urals, as per the dictionary definition of Europe. Therefore, the estimate from this dataset for Europe was about 43%. Averaged with the other dataset available to me for that year (also cited and linked in my blog post), you will find an estimated global GDP share of 39.8%, or as I said in my article, “a little less than 40%”...

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