April 9, 2007


The List: The Dogs That Didn’t Bark: Remember when Japan was supposed to overtake the United States and become the world’s economic superpower? Two decades later, the suggestion is laughable. In this week’s List, FP takes a look at this and other famous predictions that never came true. (Foreign Policy, April 2007)

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2007 3:40 PM

Someone got paid to write that? A professional graduate of some School of Journalism, no doubt.

That list is pretty pitiful and superficial, especially the inclusion of the last entry. They could have also included a number of Soviet and Cold War related items, or how about resource depletion (oil, various minerals, trees, landfill space) or "heterosexual AIDS" or the end of Major League Baseball?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 9, 2007 6:21 PM

First of all, the headline is supposed to be "Dogs that Didn't Hunt." Probably butchered by an illiterate editor. Dogs that didn't bark are things that *should* have happened, based on current understanding, but didn't, indicating a need to alter current understanding. Derived from the Sherlock Holmes story "Silver Blaze."

And how about: A Germany that could never be a problem because they're the most cultured people in the world; an Italy that would show the way to the future because it was run by the very picture of a modern Great Man, Benito Mussollini; Cambodia, the first nation run by its best-trained and most advanced intellectuals, as beacon to the world; the exponential improvement in African living standards once imperialism was thrown off and socialism adopted; the inevitable triumph of iron fascism over soft democracies, of scientific socialism over gutter capitalism, of simple but effective Soviet weapons over complex ineffective American pseudo-weapons phonied up by politically connected defense contractors; the Y2K catastrophe; and the entire life work of Paul Ehrlich.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 9, 2007 8:01 PM

Americans are anti-itellectual? I believe it is a case of returning the disdain, with interest. Intellectuals have had a long history of despising americans as being, uncouth, uncultured, unlettered savages. Americans returned by calling the intellectuals effete, long winded drones.

The intellectuals couldn't stand a bunch of peasants that didn't know their place and follow the bidding of their betters, and then went on to be wildly successful. The Americans didn't come all this way to scrape before another perfumed clown who thinks he's our "better".

Just part of the normal loathe-hate relationship.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 10, 2007 9:50 AM