Radio

Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows

 

 

Niall Ferguson on the Impending Collapse of the West
December 12, 2011
submit to reddit

Niall Ferguson says there are right and wrong answers to the question 'why has the West been so successful?' He believes the degrading of institutions in the West should be of concern and that the most recent data from the OECD shows Asian countries surging ahead when it comes to things like education.

In this clip, Niall talks about...

The wrong answers to the question of why the West has succeeded
"The wrong answer is racial superiority -- that's clearly the wrong answer. The wrong answer is geography, that doesn't really work. It's not the weather either. And it's not religion because after all Europe had Christianity for about a thousand years without much happening."

Whether the Western way of life is played out
"I think there's a danger that it's entering a period of crisis, and I think we need to be much more self-critical about what has gone wrong in our societies. Certainly the inequality that has become such a focus of Occupy Wall Street is a symptom of something that has gone wrong in terms of diminishing social mobility."

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.