necessary. Power does not scale linearly with the population. By the same measure, the scaling of the GDP with population is
fluff as well. Funny how the Leninist slogan that "quantity has a quality all of its own" is repeated in various contexts without
any awareness of it.
More brains is not enough. Having the right environment for those brains to develop and have the opportunities to contribute
is the real issue. The US has more warm bodies than Russia, but it is clearly degenerating in terms of education and indigenous
brain development. MIT shows this, it floats on attraction of brains from around the world. If the population of the USA was
enough, it would not need to import those brains.
Since 2000 Russia has experienced the best period in its history. You can tell this by the quality (not just quantity) of military tech
that has been produced and is being deployed. People who say that Russia is just riding on the decaying Soviet legacy are
simply morons. They should not be opening their traps to show their idiocy. Russia today puts the USSR to shame. The
USSR had so many resources and the supposedly superior command economy to do almost anything. Look at the diversity
of the Soviet vehicle pool in 1989 and the state of this pool in Russia today. It is simply night and day.
The adaptability of the Russian economy is not being appreciated at all. Maybe Obummer and his "Russia does not make anything"
drivel is laughable, but it is not just based on lack of brain power. The expectation that sanctions would bring Russia to its knees
was based on actual characteristics of most of the world economies. Being able to import substitute not just products but capital
over short periods of time is simply shocking. Recall that 2014 is long after 1990 and all those Soviet trained brains either left
for abroad, retired or died. Yet Russia has managed to train enough specialists and maintain its intellectual capital in the face
of the greatest depression in modern history during the 1990s. I will keep harping on this point without end. It is an epic achievement
of Biblical proportions.