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Hubbard and Kane take readers on a rapid romp through imperial history, covering the Roman, Chinese, Spanish, Ottoman, Japanese, and British empires and finding the seeds of their failures in fiscal incontinence and the rise of loss-averse special interest groups.
Hardly the blow to democracy that many painted it as, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United will make American politics more competitive, less beholden to party bosses, and more responsive to the public at large. It may even help break the fiscal stalemate strangling the U.S. economy.