Niall Ferguson Civilization The West and the Rest.


I’ve read other books by Niall Ferguson and read his articles on his website.  I enjoyed Civilization The West and the Rest.  He summarized the rise of the West, what he called the Six Killer Apps, as follows:

1.  Competition.  I remember a writer from college named Alfie Kohn, who thought competition was bad for us.

It seems, we don’t aim for things if we don’t have competition.  We needed the Cold War to provide us with a reason to strive.  Now, we have new reasons to compete.  If we pay attention to history, winning doesn’t mean the entire game is over, just that particular inning or period.

2.  Science.  Would seem to make sense.  Science helps us grow.

3.  Property Rights.  Gives us a stake in something.

4.  Medicine.  Self explanatory.

5.  The Consumer Society.  Well, we need to balance this.  Getting everything you want makes you less able to compete when you need to.  This is personal experience.

6.  The Work Ethic.  Needs to be kept up.

If we are to succeed, we need to be on our game all the time.

 

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About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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