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Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 09:29 am
Racist robots

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sparkligbeatnic
sparkligbeatnic
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)

Eno said that liberal results can come from illiberal motivations. He cited the way LSD and the internet, which arguably fuelled the most liberal developments of the 1960s and 1990s, both emerged from experimental programs developed by the US military.

This is hardly surprising given that a huge percentage of research in the USA is funded by the military. Or in other words, most (not all) research is not seen as valuable unless one can demonstrate military applications.

Something that you need to comes to grip with yet is that Japan, or at least the Japanese government regardless of public opinion, is the USA's closest ally and vice versa. Japan still pays huge amounts of money to keep American military bases on its soil. And Japan is financing the burgeoning American debt, partly due to its extravagant military budget. Furthermore the Japanese government recently agreed to participate in the controversial missile defense program (Star Wars).

So, while yes most Japanese would prefer theirs to be a pacifist nation their government is intimately wrapped up with the activities of a very non-pacifist friend.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Sat, Mar. 19th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)

I hinted at that above, with:

They may be pushing Japan into militarism in the hope that Japan will help them police the world, only to discover that it has quite a different result.

The different result in question being, that when Japan can change its constitution and step out from the American nuclear umbrella, perhaps it will no longer need to pay for America's wars, military bases, etc.


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