Cheers to Switzerland – the place where decisions are made at the local level, which allows for distributed errors that don’t adversely affect the wider system

He may not be much of an economist, but Nassim Taleb knows at least one thing: “The most stable country in the history of mankind, and probably the most boring, by the way, is Switzerland. It’s not even a city-state environment; it’s a municipal state. Most decisions are made at the local level, which allows for distributed errors that don’t adversely affect the wider system. Meanwhile, people want a united Europe, more alignment, and look at the problems. The solution is right in the middle of Europe — Switzerland. It’s not united! It doesn’t have a Brussels! It doesn’t need one.”

The Third Man was one of my favorite movies. I like the quote about Borgia’s Italy vs peaceful Switzerland: “In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock!” I’d settle for the cuckoo clock right about now…

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