[Marxism] Why do nations fail? Hint: it starts with ‘Col’ and ends with ‘ism’
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 21 11:55:21 MDT 2012
In the latest NY Review of Books, there’s a lengthy and somewhat
critical review by Jared Diamond of Daron Acemoglu and James A.
Robinson’s “Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity, and
Poverty.” Diamond is a natural choice for reviewer since his most famous
book “Guns, Germs and Steel” addresses the same question, albeit with
all the wrong answers. The authors of the reviewed book and Diamond do
have one thing very much in common; they all discount the role of
colonialism. For Acemoglu and Robinson, the main problem is the lack of
“good institutions”, while for Diamond environment is key. That being
said, there is a certain overlap in their work that the more upbeat
passages in Diamond’s review reflects.
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