All through 2011 and for the following years I followed the amateur scientists who monitored what was really happening at Fukushima. The reactor didn’t just meltdown, the reactors in some cases flashed and exploded. These were equivalent to massive dirty bombs. And the radioactive material was scattered around the world on the winds, and is still flowing into the seas nearby last I checked. A friend invited me to blog about this at Fukushima Emergency What can we do and I have blogged there. I’m glad too. The facebook sites one tries to comment at tend to get overwhelmed with trolls and bad moderation. But we covered a lot what happened and I learned a lot from the amateurs and some nuclear scientists who were following what was actually happening. It is still dangerous. I drafted this post in 2012. It is still dangerous.

I’ve been reading the book “How Nations Fail,” which is about the importance of well constituted republican institutions in maintaining society. It talks about extractive versus inclusive institutions and how they either improve society or destroy it. Extractive institutions concentrate and waste resources and the capital produced when resources are turned into wealth that can be used as capital.

“Institutions are “inclusive” when many people have a say in political decision-making, as opposed to cases where a small group of people control political institutions and are unwilling to change. They argue that a functioning democratic and pluralistic state guarantees the rule of law. The authors also argue that inclusive institutions promote economic prosperity because they provide an incentive structure that allows talents and creative ideas to be rewarded.”

This essentially is part of the argument for why Democratic and Republican institutions are needed in our country. And an argument why dictatorships, Libertarianism, and oppressive systems like “managed democracy”, fail.

Written in 2012/06/26, updated 12/16/2018

https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/files/pegroup/files/clark_golder.pdf
https://www.amazon.com/Why-Nations-Fail-Prosperity-2012-03-20/dp/B01MT30NR6/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=X05Y3Q1HPQTQ48521RD3