How a failure to secure property rights caused the decline of Ancient Rome

This essay follows the logic and arguments made by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their book "Why Nations Fail." All research was conducted by Acemoglu, Robinson and their team. At its height the Roman Empire spanned much of the known world from modern day Iraq in the east, Portugal in the west, Scotland to the … Continue reading How a failure to secure property rights caused the decline of Ancient Rome

The status of Catalan freedom

The current climate of repression in the Spanish region of Catalonia has reached boiling point in the past week. 2.3 million Catalans (43%) turned out for an unofficial vote with 90% backing independence, despite confiscation of ballot boxes and violent opposition from central government controlled police.  900 Catalans were injured and several regional officials were … Continue reading The status of Catalan freedom