Why Nations Fail

Investigations into the relationships responsible for the success and failure of nations. This investigation was prompted after reading numerous references on the subject and perceiving that *Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty* by Acemoglu and Robinson seem to make a great deal of sense.Original model done for The Perspectives Project though recast into Kumu.* Systems Thinking World Webinars

Investigations into the relationships responsible for the success and failure of nations. This investigation was prompted after reading numerous references on the subject and perceiving that *Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty* by Acemoglu and Robinson seem to make a great deal of sense.

Original model done for The Perspectives Project though recast into Kumu.

Investigations into the relationships responsible for the success and failure of nations. This investigation was prompted after reading numerous references on the subject and perceiving that *Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty* by Acemoglu and Robinson seem to make a great deal of sense.
An [Inclusive Political System] promotes an [Inclusive Economy] which leads to [Prosperity] and a prosperous society, but...
As a result of [Prosperity] there develops the [Wealth of a Few] and because of their fascination with their gain they promote an [Extractive Political System]. The [Extractive Political System] works to corrupt the [Inclusive Political System] and in time if not controlled will completely negate the [Inclusive Political System]. This will serve to diminish the [Inclusive Economy] and eventually [Prosperity]. This loop would balance but..
The [Extractive Political System] promotes an [Extractive Economy] which further encourages the [Wealth of a Few] and we have a vicious reinforcing loop R3 Success to the Successful.
In addition to the [Extractive Political System] subverting the [Inclusive Political System] producing a negative impact on the [Inclusive Economy] the [Extractive Political System] promotes an [Extractive Economy] which has a negative impact on the [Inclusive Economy] so it suffers simultaneously from two directions.
It seems that the inherent nature of the structure is to corrupt. And if that is the case then isn't some explicit action required to avoid the inevitable? Though if the corrupting influence is in charge what's the likelihood that any action to avoid the inevitable will happen? Is there a way out other than complete economic meltdown or revolution?

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