Is Asabiyyah applicable to regulated industries?

I’d like to comment on two connected blog entries one by Krugman and the other by Turchin who obviously felt flattered by being cited by Krugman.

I wouldn’t take a laud from Krugman too seriously. Krugman is an opportunist after all. He is wicked enough to sell ‘distorted knowledge’ that pleases his employers (who ever it is). His interpretation of the alleged fall of Microsoft and the rise of Apple is a typical example as it obscures more than it reveals.

The rise of Apple was astounding, indeed. Not only the scale of it, but also the gadgets are mere heavily overpriced crap. It was unclear to many observers like me why in a free market environment these products gained such a share. But the lessons that we ought to learn recently were that Apple did not grow in a free market environment. The American microtechnology industry is under heavy governmental control. And that control is so strong that even a vibrant giant as Microsoft began to stumble and was overtaken by a miscarriage. Apple, to survive at all, had no choice but to make far reaching concessions to the surveillance industry. Well obviously Microsoft quickly learned its lessons and finally bought Nokia, a telecommunication company. No doubt, Microsoft managers better understand social rules, than Krugman. That’s why the former are managers and the latter just a phony.

There is one point, however, that I agree with both Turchin and Krugman and that is Asabiyyah. It certainly still exists. And it will remain as long as we don’t understand the real essence of states.

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