Thanks Dexter. Sorry I have not been posting more in this book discussion. I am reading a closely related book, How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters
by Daniel Hannan, a conservative member of the European Parliament. His point is that the English common law, the law of the land, is the foundation of inclusivity in politics. I quite like this Anglosphere type of view. I went to hear Hannan when he visited Canberra last month. He emphasised the importance of traditional symbols for political stability and values, but had no comment when I asked him in the question time if Australia should become a republic.
I had a letter published in The Australian
last Saturday on Ukraine and Crimea
I appreciated reading Acemoglu on Ukraine. I have been deeply interested in Ukraine since reading Robert Conquest's wonderful but tragic book The Harvest of Sorrow
about the famine engineered by Stalin. Also the Australian prize-winning novel The Hand That Signed The Paper
by Helen Demidemko is a superb book about Ukraine.
This extractive versus inclusive heuristic looks simple, but the problem is that an inclusive society has some deeply conservative traits, especially running a market economy. All points of the political spectrum have capacity to produce extractive governance, whereas an inclusive program sits fairly narrowly within the centre-right.