Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, October 25, 2002

Wbat's missing in this picture of what makes societies prosper?

There are lessons in the collapse of ancient societies.
Communities, even nations, can commit
"a self inflicted ecological suicide". But
other factors such as trade, the role of the
elites, and even the rate of infant mortality are involved too.

It's something that you wouldn't think of, if you hadn't studied some history.

Or politics.

Or looked at the ecological results of Stalinism and other dictatorships.

I suppose we all need a holiday sometimes, but with these guys it's all the time.