In the last of his excellent series "Civilization: Is the west history?", Niall Ferguson mentions a bundle of factors that continue to reinforce western civilization beyond the killer apps. he identified from our history: He mentions political pluralism, freedom of thought and speech, the rule of law and human creativity. All are crucial aspects of Interactive Democracy.
His killer apps. are:
- Property owning democracy
- Consumer society
- The protestant work ethic (including thrift and saving)
Switzerland has the highest per capita income in Europe, is this due to its direct democracy "app."?
More about the series here.