Niall Ferguson on the Six Killer Apps of Prosperity

by Helena Stromgren on November 10, 2011

Over the past few centuries, Western cultures have been very good at creating general prosperity for themselves. In the TED talk below, the British historian and Harvard University Professor Niall Ferguson asks: “Why the West, and less so the rest?” He suggests half a dozen big ideas from Western culture, calling them the six killer apps that promote wealth, stability and innovation. And in this new century, he says, these apps are all shareable.

The six killer apps of prosperity

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