Whoever tells the stories of a nation need not care who makes its laws.
ATTRIBUTED TO ANDREW FLETCHER, SCOTTISH PATRIOT (1653–1716)
The greatest barrier to the economic transformation we seek is not corrupt politicians, greedy CEOs, or even the destructive institutions discussed in previous pages. It is a flawed cultural story that misinforms our collective understanding of our nature and possibilities as humans and of the world we inhabit.
Some years ago the Filipino activist-philosopher Nicanor Perlas shared with me the insight that each of the three primary institutional sectors has a distinctive competence in institutional power. The distinctive power of government is coercion. The ...