Re: Ch. 10: The Diffusion of Prosperity
Here we see the scientific principle of the power of initial conditions, in this case the fact that their equality under the law was assumed by the British settlers of Australia, and this has been a defining influence for national governance.
Again, the basic principle here is that rule of law provides a principled basis for all people to be included as equals. Unfortunately, where law is corrupted by money and power the state shifts from inclusion to extraction.
We are seeing such a shift from inclusion to extraction in stark terms with fracking. The Halliburton Law excluding fracking from requirement to comply with existing US law has opened a dangerous path towards tyranny. So frackers can wreck soil, water, heritage sites and property values with impunity. They are above the law, because frackers have bought the government and converted it from an instrument of inclusion into an instrument of extraction.