Thursday, 14 April 2011

Civilization's Killer Apps.

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:
  1. Competition
  2. Science
  3. Property owning democracy
  4. Medicine
  5. Consumer society
  6. The protestant work ethic (including thrift and saving)
Could Interactive Democracy be the next killer app?
Switzerland has the highest per capita income in Europe, is this due to its direct democracy "app."?

More about the series here

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