Dear Paul, Having conversed briefly a week ago at Abington (Quaker) Meeting, and again this past Sunday after the Meeting's "spring fling" luncheon, perhaps you'll remember giving me your email address, written on the back of Trish Shore's business card? I was thinking of you last week when I read about this book, "Why Nations Fail." lifted from Waterstone's site (a bookstore in the UK). Here is a link to the review: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/daron+acemoglu/james+a-+robinson/why+nations+fail/8716449/ Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
More about Why Nations Fail, forwarded by Dan Turner
...They offer instead a striking diagnosis: some governments get it wrong on purpose. Amid weak and accommodating institutions, there is little to discourage a leader from looting. Such environments channel society’s output towards a parasitic elite, discouraging investment and innovation. Extractive institutions are the historical norm. Inclusive institutions protect individual rights and encourage investment and effort. Where inclusive governments emerge, great wealth follows...
...But this static complex of rigid, conceptually sloppy, and politically pragmatic mass political parties run by professional apparatuses and releasing the citizen from all forms of concrete and personal responsibility; and those complex focuses of capital accumulation engaged in secret manipulations and expansion; the omnipresent dictatorship of consumption, production, advertising, commerce, consumer culture, and all that flood of information: all of it, so often analyzed and described, can only with great difficulty be imagined as the source of humanity’s rediscovery of itself.
GOP War on Voting Targets Swing States11 percent of U.S. citizens lack a government-issued ID, but the numbers are significantly higher among young voters (18 percent), voters 65 or older (18 percent) and African-Americans (25 percent). Based on these figures, as many as 700,000 Pennsylvanians may not be able to vote in the next election.
Benjamin Lay Plaza
Occupy Jenkintown started on the sidewalk on the corner of West Ave and Johnson St. on Weds. Feb. 22nd. We’ve experienced an unprecedentedly warm welcome as our small (3 tent) encampment interacted with the locals walking by. Some of us went to the Borough Meeting on Mon. where there was so little concern with our presence that we weren't on the agenda.
In response to the concerns expressed by some that our tents could adversely affect an already beleaguered downtown, we agreed to move a block to what we’ve named Benjamin Lay Plaza. At the corner of Leedam St and Greenwood Ave.