The Inevitable World War With China
Quite simply, if a society can steal technology, violate copyright and patents, and manufacture other people's products without spending the intellectual and financial capital to develop them and sell them for peanuts all over the world--of course they can eat everybody's lunch and put us all out of business.
The Difference Between Boys and Girls
In 1954, my father was signed to write a biography of Clare Booth Luce, U.S. ambassador to Italy and wife of Time-Life founder Henry R. Luce. I was invited to accompany him and my stepmother to Rome for six weeks. We sailed on the ancient Italian liner, Conte Biancamano. Two of our fellow passengers were Sherman and Betty Raveson. Sherman was an elegant and witty painter who reminded me of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Betty was a wild Auntie Mame type--statuesque, with blue fingernails, and funny as hell.
Betty was taking a shower in the cramped bathroom of her cabin when the hot water quit. Desperate, she started twirling knobs and pushing buttons hoping for hot water. Suddenly the bathroom door flew open and a male cabin steward burst in spouting Italian. Stark naked, Betty shrieked and threw him out.
Later, when asked why she summoned the steward, Betty explained that she saw two buttons on the wall under two icons in the ceramic tile--a maid and a butler. "I wanted hot water," she explained. "Boys are hotter than girls, so I pushed the boy button!"
China the Gender-Skewed--the 800-Pound Gorilla
All of the above--theft of copyright and patents, the occasional jailing of foreigners, control of the press and blowing the heads off dissidents--are hardly worthy of a prediction of a cataclysmic "Mother of all World Wars."
The next World War, I and quite a few others believe, will be based on the premise that "boys are hotter than girls."