Society needs to incorporate certain characteristics in order to get the most of its potential for innovation:
- Open and non-discriminatory market access and foreign direct investment policies;
- Science and R&D policies that spur innovation;
- Openness to domestic competition and new firm entry;
- Effective intellectual property rights protection policies;
- Digital policies enabling the robust deployment of ICT platforms;
- Open and transparent government procurement policies;
- Openness to high-skill immigration.
Nations that provide a fertile ground for competition, property rights, innovation, and protection from corrupt government seizure, are likely to make more of their potential to innovate, than the governments that habitually seize private property for the benefit of a corrupt inner circle — thus discouraging investment, startups, and innovation. Corrupt, anti-innovation nations tend to be plagued by high levels of brain drain.
Russia’s Innovation ranking of 62 is not particularly encouraging. The rankings were created by INSEAD Business School, and are based on institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market and business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs and creative outputs. __ http://archive.rusbase.com/news/author/benhopkins/infographic-science-innovation/
If a nation’s government is at fault of providing a poor climate for innovation, investment, and startups, brain drain will continue until there are no more qualified brains in the country left to drain. We see this in the hell-states such as North Korea, Iran, Cuba, most of sub-Saharan Africa, etc. But we are beginning to see the same phenomenon in some of the BRICS nations, which were once expected to lift the entire world’s economy into the foreseeable future.
No one can blame talented and ambitious persons for leaving an environment that does not value one’s hard-won skills and talents. Eventually the dearth of talent remaining in such a corrupt nation will weigh on the nation’s ability to move itself into a difficult future without disintegrating.
Beautiful Women Will Go Where the Successful Men Are
When a nation’s leaders squander all of the ordinary peoples’ hope for a decent life and decent future — for the sake of a pathologically centralised wealth and power — the capable and talented persons who can go elsewhere to exercise their talents, will want to do so. Already, Russian women in the Far East are showing a preference for marrying the waves of ethnic Chinese who are pouring into the formerly Russian-dominated region. Large numbers of Russian girls are pushed into child prostitution, child pornography, and overseas sex slavery. But those Russian women who can escape to Europe or the Anglosphere are finding it more and more in their interest to do so, the longer the Putin recession drags on.
In the absence of innovation, investment, successful startups, and a healthy civil society, a nation will shrivel over time, and die. It is not surprising that such nations would attempt to spread their misery outward, to others in the neighborhood:
For months, Russian state media has trumped up the likelihood of Europe’s imminent collapse in the face of the refugee crisis. Russia’s national army of trolls fill social media with these stories. Right-wing extremists in Europe — whose ties to Putin and his ideologues are well-documented and enough of a concern to have warranted an official study by U.S. intelligence agencies — call for the dissolution of Europe. This is not just “Russian propaganda.” These are measures the Kremlin considers integral to winning small-scale battles in a larger geopolitical war.
There’s a reason Putin’s theorists are science fiction authors. Russian GDP equals that of Italy – it should not be an existential threat to the West. We must shake ourselves free from the Kremlin’s masterful fiction and confront the truth that we are in an asymmetric war. This is a war that we can win, and it matters that we do.
When so many resources go to “controlling the narrative” independent thinking can be dangerous to one’s health. China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Iran — closed societies tend to shut down the type of free thinking that is required to innovate. Such countries are reduced to stealing the technology that others develop.