Charles Hugh Smith: How Nations Fail

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How Nations Fail: Elites See No Reason to Sacrifice Anything

If we don’t understand how complex social systems such as nation-states lose stability and fail, then we can’t possibly know how to fix what’s broken, i.e. design a replacement system that re-establishes stability and maintains in via dynamic homeostasis, the same model embedded in ecosystems and organisms.

The 2013 book “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty” discusses the differences between failed states and successful states, and concludes that the failed states are fundamentally kleptocracies that answer to a self-serving elite while successful states are answerable to the broad populace.

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