I wonder about the question given in the title.
What could be arguments against this statement?
- Considering China and Russia: Both countries have an authoritarian political system. I claim - and please correct me if you think otherwise - that an authoritarian system hinders innovation. I would assume that universities are not free in their choice of topics to perform research on. Why is this bad for innovation? Not sure here, just a feeling. I would also say that innovation requires creative thinking and that an authoritarian system often comes with fear of stating one's own opinion and that this somehow doesn't yield the mindset necessary for innovation. Well, you can tell I am not very certain with this argument. Can you help me with it?
- Considering India and Brazil and South Africa: Wealth is very unequally distributed in these countries. And I feel like this is also hindering innovation. A large portion of their population will not have free access to education, already reducing the number of people that technological innovation can come from.
I know that this is a question which doesn't have the one ultimate answer. So should I be in the wrong forum for it, I apologize for it. Otherwise, I am excited and happy to hear your comments!