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October 27, 2006

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"you cannot un-invent technologies"

The medieval Chinese Empire un-invented a number of technologies by dictat - se e.g. Paul Kennedy's brilliant "Rise and Fall of the Great Powers" for details. Admittedly the world is too plural and interconnected for that to be viable now, but it has been proven possible in the context of an insular autocracy on more than one occasion.

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