March 30, 2010

THE EXCEPTION:

America As We Knew It? (Daily News Record, 2010-03-30)

The United States is, and long has been, “exceptional.” As Alberto Alesina and Enrico Spolaore explore in their book “The Size of Nations,” of the world’s 10 richest countries, only four have populations of more than a million. With 300 million within our borders, the United States dwarfs the populations of the other three — Switzerland (7 million), Norway (4 million), and Singapore (3 million).

This invites an obvious question: If great wealth normally accrues to smaller, more cohesive, and more homogeneous nation-states, how does one explain the long-standing miracle that is America?


The answer, obviously, is that we're the most homogenous society on Earth. But we will devolve into several America's just for reasons of administrative efficiency and immediacy of political representation.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 30, 2010 5:44 AM
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