Democracy and dictatorship...
...doomed before their arrival.
Resource Scarcity and the Origins of Dictatorship
by Jack Barkstrom
The impact of resource availability on seven governments.
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1. Political Systems - A choice?
Are political systems a matter of choice or a product of circumstances?
2. Economic Systems - A response?
Are economic systems a matter of choice or a response to economic conditions?
3. Scarcity and violence
As competition for resources increases, do nations facing shortages also have to deal with rising levels of violence?
4. Violence and dictatorship
Do dictators create dictatorships or do violent societies provoke a brutal response by their leaders?
5. Communism - Cause or effect?
Was communism the cause of the political and economic problems of the Soviet Union or were government policies a response to conditions?
6. Capitalism - Engine or byproduct?
Is capitalism the all-powerful economic force driving growth and prosperity or just a byproduct of resource wealth and favorable economic conditions?
Resource availability may determine how governments develop.
Countries with an abundance of resources have a better chance of becoming democracies.
Countries lacking in resources are more likely to turn into dictatorships.