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Jared Diamond: Why Societies Collapse

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On January 4, 2009 @ 2:30 pm In Markets,Science,Video | Comments Disabled

Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we can prevent it.

Note that he mentions the conflict of interests — when Elites “insulate themselves from the consequences of their decisions, advancing their own short term interests against the interests of overall society.”

Filmed Feb 2003

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