Civilization: The West and the Rest

Monday, December 26, 2011

All over the world, more and more people work for Western-style companies, study at Western-style universities, vote for Western-style governments, take Western medicines, wear Western clothes, and even work Western hours. Historian Niall Ferguson looks at Western civilization’s rise to global predominance in Civilization: The West and the Rest, he argues that, beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six concepts that the rest lacked: competition, science, the rule of law, consumerism, modern medicine, and the work ethic.


Niall Ferguson

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Pauline Park from Queens

Niall Ferguson is an intelligent & perceptive individual, but his history seems animated as well as compromised by a misguided neo-liberal agenda that implicitly celebrates the corporate elite of the world. Rather than trashing Occupy Wall Street & its critique of corporate power, Ferguson would do well to look at how the profit-seeking & empire-building of the corporate elite are bringing about unprecedented destruction -- economic, political & above all, environmental. Sanctifying private property rights as Ferguson does will only further empower those who are endangering our planetary survival.

Dec. 26 2011 01:42 PM

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