Bill Richardson: Immigration and the Competitive Edge

Bill Richardson: Yes it does because there’s . . . there’s thousands of legal immigrants that are trying to get in this country – through what are called H1Bs – that are skilled, and especially technology, that are not allowed in. We have a broken immigration system not on . . . not just on the illegal immigration side, but also dealing with legal immigration; dealing with those that are trying to get here legally that have applied for years, that legitimately should be part of technology, and computers, and are not allowed in because of a huge backlog; because of inefficiency in our bureaucratic system; because they don’t have enough staffing at the immigration service. What we need to realize is we can’t just deal with illegal immigration. We have to deal with legal immigration. And what I would do is . . . I mentioned all those standards for illegal immigrants. First to be able to come into America should be those that are trying to get here legally. And those that are here legally, trying to become citizens. Recorded on: 11/20/07

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Vikings unwittingly made their swords stronger by trying to imbue them with spirits

They didn't know it, but the rituals of Iron Age Scandinavians turned their iron into steel.

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  • To strengthen their swords, smiths used the bones of their dead ancestors and animals, hoping to transfer the spirit into their blades.
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For a long time, the West shaped the world. That time is over.

The 21st century is experiencing an Asianization of politics, business, and culture.

  • Our theories about the world, even about history or the geopolitics of the present, tend to be shaped by Anglo perspectives of the Western industrial democracies, particularly those in the United States and the United Kingdom.
  • The West, however, is not united. Canada, for instance, acts in many ways that are not in line with American or British policies, particularly in regard to populism. Even if it were united, though, it would not represent most of the world's population.
  • European ideas, such as parliamentary democracy and civil service, spread across the world in the 19th century. In the 20th century, American values such as entrepreneurialism went global. In the 21st century, however, what we're seeing now is an Asianization — an Asian confidence that they can determine their own political systems, their own models, and adapt to their own circumstances.
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