Review: Why Nations Fail – The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

5 Star, Culture, Research, Democracy, Economics, Politics, Public Administration
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Deron Acermoglu and James Robinson

5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful to Most, Can Be Summed Up as Integrity & Clear Feedback Loops,August 17, 2012

There is no question but that this book is a major contribution to the current dialog, such as it is. As someone who reads a great deal, I have finally come to the same conclusion as Will Durant, Buckminster Fuller, and Russell Ackoff:

INTEGRITY is the one word that matters. If organizations, including political organizations, have INTEGRITY, the nation prospers. If they do not, poverty prevails. INTEGRITY is about much more than personal “honor.” It is about being able to see the whole, connect the dots, achieve rapid constant open feed-back loops among all elements of the complex system, and so on.

Nations fail when education is reserved for the elite, and the elite lose their INTEGRITY. When the burden becomes too great and the masses rebel, they can either re-create the corrupt system they are bringing down, or they can branch toward a system of systems where INTEGRITY prevails.

Below are a few of the books (my limit of ten) that I recommend in support of this book and the larger question facing all of us: just how illegitimate is the US Government and the two-party tyranny that is helping Wall Street loot the entire country, not just the Treasury, and what are we going to do about it?

Philosophy and the Social Problem: The Annotated Edition
Critical Path
Ideas and Integrities: A Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
Idealized Design: How to Dissolve Tomorrow's Crisis…Today (paperback)
The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters (New in Paper)
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail (BK Currents (Paperback))
A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility–Report of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change
High Noon 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them
The Tao of Democracy: Using co-intelligence to create a world that works for all

Best wishes to all,
Robert Steele

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