It's well known that when weapons contracts to Muslim countries are made, essential knowledge or components are left out of the programs. This achieves at least 2 goals:

1) Muslims cannot set up independent production of the equipment.

2) If the equipment is used in a...

...conflict, the equipment in the hands of the Muslims will be technically inferior and unable to compete with the European/American/Chinese equivalent.

But it is less well understood that political, industrial, and economic systems in Muslim lands are also built along...

...similar lines. Medical and educational systems, for example, are designed to engended dependence on the academic establishment or the pharmaceutical industry.

This ensures that if Muslims ever try to seize and repurpose these systems (like the Ikhwan tried in Egypt)...

...that the systems will only function to such a degree as to leave the Muslims in an inferior position.

Economic thinking is part of the deception here. Dimensional analysis points to higher efficiency of centralized systems by highlighting narrow input-output...

...relationships. This leads to conclusions like the idea that a car (made by humans) is superior to a horse (created by Allah).

This is of course false on many levels. Sure, there's no problem to use a car, but we are talking about large regions here, not individuals.

There is a real problem, when it comes to allocating limited resources, with investing in an automotive industry, or in mechanical engineering education.

You might point to Iran's homegrown automotive industry as a counterexample, but it is operated by state-owned...

...firms which consistently lose money. To be affordable, modern cars require a highly specialized worldwide supply chain.

To maintain this unprofitable, state managed industry, Iran consistently has to borrow against its "social capital," meaning its people's ability...

/7 tolerate the governments corruption and abuses. This nets a major loss for the country, as educated people flee the government's mistreatment.

This is the way the system was built from the days when the British and Americans "helped" the shah's gov with modernization.

These systems start to look even worse if you consider their burn rate and look at a longer time frame. Viewing the world industrial economy as an interconnected whole, it operates according to a logic similar to the body.

When resources are scarce, it will begin by...

...sacrificing less important parts for energy. This is one of the reasons why fasting is so beneficial- it increases the efficiency of the body by limiting the resources dedicated to less important process.

What this means for Muslim countries in particular, however...

/10 that their regimes and economies, in the eyes of the system, are fat that will get burned.

The Muslims who live in client states that ally with the Americans are broadly aware of the fact that these kuffar would feed them to dogs in exchange for a scrap of bread...

...if times got tough. I really don't understand why they lick their boots. I guess it is just extreme shortsightedness.

Anyway, the practical conclusions of all of this is to contradict the conclusions of many Muslim scholars on education.

Studying religion and traditional knowledge should take precedence over studies in modern universities. To achieve this, it is necessary to view Western education with mistrust. We should recognize the reality that the university in its present form is an inescapably...

...Judeo-Christian institution, and that knowledge obtained within it will always serve the interests of its progenitors.

If we need technical knowledge, it should be incorporated into the madrasa system in an explicitly Islamic context, where curricula are designed to...

...serve the interests of the Muslim ummah rather than global markets and liberal nation-states. Education comes very much with "strings attached."

How do we define success for a Muslim economy? In my opinion, ideal Islamic economic policy can be summed up with 4 words.

High fertility, high mortality.

The kuffar measure the success of a nation by infant mortality and life expectancy, because they worship human beings. But for Muslims, death is a reminder. Who has hope in the akhira loves to meet Allah.

In this model, the heavy...

...investment in individuals does not make sense. It's also a much less resource intensive model, since productivity is centered around natural processes like childrearing, and children become productive at a much younger age.

And if my logical proofs are not enough...

/17 should suffice that such a life is much closer to the sunnah and the way the sahaba (radhi Allahu anhum) lived.

To move toward this goal, I propose "degree shaming." This is similar to "fat shaming" where an obese person is made to feel bad for being overweight.

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