African Massacre
The Dark Side of Economic Development
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  • lukelea

    It is hard to imagine much economic development in the absence of a strong central stated that is committed to the development of the country as a whole and to all of the people. (Otherwise there can be no rule of law, no property rights, indeed no individual rights of any kind.)

    But of course a strong central state like this appears to be precisely what tribal, clan-based societies are incapable of. Are there any exceptions?

    • Andrew Allison

      Russia, Iraq under Saddam, Syria under Assad, Yugoslavia under Tito, the Ottoman Empire, etc. Depressing, isn’t it.

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