One of the many ways Sun Tzu's work was far ahead of its time was in its disgust for bureaucrates and his observation about how bureaucrate destroy the competitive ability of an organization. (Note to self: change term "politician" to "bureaucrat" in future editions of translation to get closer to Sun Tzu's meaning.) A big part of Europe's current economic problems
result from their general drift away from free market principles toward socialist programs that decreased its competitiveness. China, meanwhile, while still growing very quickly, has similar problems with socialist bureaucracy
as it tries to make its transition to free enterprise. In the battle for the future, the nations that are able to limit government parasitism on the productive elements of society, are almost certain to win.