Saturday, October 23, 2010

Why the West Rules

Kibera, in Nairobi

Here's an interesting essay by Ian Morris -  "Latitudes not Attitudes: How Geography Explains History." Morris quotes Malayisan lawyer Shad Faruki as saying: "I am wearing your clothes, I speak your language, I watch your films and today is whatever date it is because you say so."

True. But why this outcome? Morris argues that the West's "rise to global hegemony was largely due to geographical good fortune."

I'm especially thinking about such things while here in Kenya.

Morris's new book is Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.