Maybe History Ended After All
May 14, 2011 8:32 AM Subscribe
posted by kliuless (33 comments total)
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- "In 2004 he became the first of the card-carrying neocons to break ranks and oppose the Iraq War; in 2006 he published a comprehensive history and critique of the neoconservative movement; in 2009 he skewered the economics profession at length in his journal The American Interest; earlier this year, he dedicated an issue to a series of essays exploring the emerging American plutocracy... that through their greed they somehow benefit society... He was not being glib: Much of his new book
, The Origins of Political Order
, is devoted to documenting the struggles of premodern states
to draw up sustainable tax codes. Long before modernity
and the spread of democracy, societies that failed to effectively tax their citizenry were the first to shrivel...
"Many passages also tilt obliquely at the Tea Party... 'Many parts of sub-Saharan Africa are a libertarian's paradise,' he reminds readers in the first chapter... Later, he spends the bulk of a chapter dismantling the theories
of Frederich von Hayek
on the 'spontaneous' emergence of rule of law and political institutions in 16th- and 17th- century Britain: '... The weakness of Hayek's argument
is that human beings successfully design institutions all the time, at all levels of society.' "