Mitt Romneyâ€™s Search for Simple Answers - NYTimes.com
Jared Sperli stashed this in politics
In short, geographic explanations and cultural-institutional explanations arenâ€™t independent of each other. Of course, not all agricultural regions developed honest centralized government, but no nonagricultural region ever developed any centralized government, whether honest or dishonest. Thatâ€™s why institutions promoting wealth today arose first in Eurasia, the area with the oldest and most productive agriculture.
What does this mean for Americans? Can we assume that the United States, blessed with temperate location and seacoasts and navigable rivers, will remain rich forever, while tropical or landlocked countries are doomed to eternal poverty?