Alfred Otto Posted almost 4 years ago Niall Ferguson: The 6 killer apps of prosperity This is my own personal opinion, but Mr. Ferguson forgot a couple of the most important "apps". those apps are freedom and the education of the masses. Freedom meant that you had the right to tell the government that you were not happy with the way they were running things without getting your head chopped off. Freedom to have a say in how taxes were spent. Freedom to tell your boss at work that you don't have to work for slave wages without being kicked out of a house that you didn't own. Education should have been the top app. instead barely got a mention. Education allows people to make smarter choices that affect their future and their children's future. it is a compound affect that gets bigger and bigger as time goes by. the reasons for the decline of western civilization is quite simple. the people who run corporations and have the largest portion of the wealth have been degrading the public education system for the last 50 years. and at the same time taking away our personal freedoms. The right' to protest and strike for better wages and working conditions through collective bargaining. Also our elections have become more and more fraught with corruption and allegations of impropriety. The banking institutions are are so corrupt people are afraid to put their hard earned money into them. as for free trade that is a myth perpetrated by the rich to play the working classes off against each other. there is not free trade between countries where one guy makes $30.00 per hour and the other guy makes $30.00 a month. you can use any argument you want I won't swallow that horse####.