Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

So all the Soviet engineers, scientists and mathematicians were just stealing from the other genuinely liberal and freely educated societies?

What about the Japanese?


I'm not saying that the possible factors that I'm talking about are the only ones at play, I'm arguing that their potential for impact is significant enough that they cannot simply be discounted.

Also, regarding Soviet success, they had a tendency to throw shit at the wall to see what would stick (https://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2011/05/02/134597833/c...) to an extent well in excess of what would be acceptable in a less callous society.

(Not that America was innocent in this regard - https://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/news/researchernews/rn_...)

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact