HOW THE WEST GREW RICH
Is the title of an op-ed by Dinesh D’Souza that really says nothing we don’t already know but says it in an interesting way. He argues that the West became rich and powerful, not through exploitation of the poor and weak, but because of a confluence of unique institutions:
Oppression and exploitation, however, were not the cause of Western success; they were the fruits of that success. Those who say America and the West have grown rich at their expense are simply wrong. The real cause of Western wealth and power is the dynamic interaction of science, capitalism and democracy. Working together, these institutions have created our commercial, technological, participatory society.