[Marxism] Why do nations fail? Hint: it starts with ‘Col’ and ends with ‘ism’

Louis Proyect 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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