Niall Fergusson thinks that there are six reasons the West has been successful over the past 500 years. Things like competition, science, medicine, representative government, consumerism and the work ethic. And now the rest of the world is catching on…
What’s wrong with this?
- the West is only ‘successful’ in purely financial terms. And even that might be questioned given the financial crisis. The deepest roots of the world’s current problems stem from the assumption that the social and environmental consequences of economic development scarcely matter
- the Western model is not the only one – even for financial success. China seems to be doing it differently
- he forgot the seventh factor of ‘success’: colonialism.