Two weeks ago I read this very amusing article in TIME
''Are We Losing Our Edge?''
which roughly states that science in the US is getting worse. Some attempts were made to analyze the issue which didn't lead anywhere. E.g. the political situation is completely underestimated. I know lots of people who leave the US because they simply don't want their children to grow up in a country like this. After a rought count, I found that I know about 40 people who went for research from Europe to the US. Only one stayed longer than 10 years.
The reason why I bought the magazine at all was that I found the amount of self-criticism astonishing for US citizens! But maybe not surprisingly, the statement that America is 'flunking science' (for the Germans: flunking means 'durchfallen') could not be left standing alone. Therefore the article is followed by the comment
Don't Believe the Hype. We're Still No. 1
What the doomsayers don't say: America is a marvel of creativity
where it was basically stated that no other country is as great as the US. I absolutely love this comment:
[...] the U.S. leads the world by an immense margin in just about every measure of intellectual and technological achievement[...]
America is heartily disdained by its coddled and controlled European cousins for its cowboy capitalism[...]
I suspect most Europeans would pity America for its cowboy capitalism, as well as for this statement.
Anyway, I wrote a letter to this article. Which naturally was not printed. When I find it, I post it sometime. Best,