World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability

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World On Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability is a 2003 book by Yale Law School professor Amy Chua. The book discusses the concept of "market-dominant minorities", defined as ethnic minorities who, under given market conditions, tend to dominate economically, often significantly, over other ethnic groups in the country.

The book is somewhat politically incorrect by stating the existence of not just White "market-dominant minorities" in various places where Whites are minorities, but also the existence of some non-White "market-dominant minorities", such as Chinese and Jews in various places. The book also states, for example, that Indians and Lebanese are "market-dominant minorities" in some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nothing is stated on race and intelligence differences as an explanation for these economic differences, and the book mentions politically correct explanations such as colonialism, but also states some less politically correct explanations, such as culture differences and ingroup networking.

Another less politically correct view is that democratization is argued to have increased group conflicts in societies with market-dominant minorities.

A more politically correct view in the book is that wealth redistribution may solve the problems.

Tatu Vanhanen instead argued in the book Ethnic Conflicts - Their Biological Roots in Ethnic Nepotism that a primary cause of ethnic conflicts (not limited to just "market-dominant minorities") is the presence of high ethnic heterogeneity and that one important cause of increasing ethnic conflicts in developing countries, where most of the populations previously had been isolated farmers, who previously had little contacts with other ethnic groups, is increasing contacts with and awareness of other ethnic groups.

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