The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall (Google eBook)
Locate nations on the J Curve -- left for authoritarian, right for democratic. Then figure out how to force those on the left to open their societies, rather than encouraging them to shut them tighter by further isolating them. The West's isolation of Kim Jong-il's North Korea gives him the cover he needs to extend his brutal regime (the mistake the U.S. made for a long time with Saddam Hussein and Castro); in Saudi Arabia, western governments should encourage manageable change before the country breaks apart; they should help strengthen China's economy so it can further liberalize; they must encourage Israel to decide what kind of country it will be.
Filled with imaginative and surprising examples of how to correct outworn political ideas, The J Curve points the way for western governments to lead the way to a realistic political balance and a healthier economic future.
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Review: The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and FallUser Review - Vincent Tan - Goodreads
A short book with a novel thesis about the relationship between openness and stability of nation states. Basically, greater openness leads to instability - but in the long run greater stability is achieved if the nation can develop even greater openness. Intriguing to say the least. Read full review
Review: The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and FallUser Review - Robert Dziarmaga - Goodreads
The right side of the J-curve is not as interesting as the rest of it. Because of this the book gets a little long towards the end. The majority of the book does deal with the left side and the the pit of the curve so as a whole the book is quite interesting. Read full review