Sclerotic nations?

Richard Florida has a pithy round-up of some of the pros and cons on the United States as innovation nation on his blog. Recently transplanted to Toronto, Florida isn’t optimistic about the future for the U.S.

I stand by my prediction from Flight; Small states have a keen advantage in the new globalization. Canada, Australia, and the Scandanavian nations are best positioned, economically and socially to benefit from the age of creative globalization.  Large old economy states – most notably Russa but also Germany, France, Japan and the United States – have their work cut out for them and suffer from extreme scelerois of the sort Mancur Olson long ago identified.  China and India, as big as they are, have a long, long way to go  before they become real players in terms of innovation, creativity and talent attraction.

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