The cornerstones of a successful society

Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. Historian Niall Ferguson asks: Why the West, and less so the rest? He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture — call them the 6 killer apps — that promote wealth, stability and innovation.

Summary:

  1. Competition
  2. Science
  3. Property rights
  4. Modern medicine
  5. Consumer society
  6. Work ethics

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