Yes, it’s in the New Yorker, so it’s unprofessional and idiotic by default but it’s an important issue that, as Amy Wax says, nobody wants to discuss. And if you do manage to get through the introductory section (which I don’t recommend), you’ll see why.
The question of why some countries do great while others are constantly in deep shit is fascinating. Completely stupid people say “colonialism” because they like see the world in terms of colonizing winners and colonized losers. But that’s idiotic. Look at Russia and Finland. Russia keeps colonizing everyone in sight, including Finland. But Russia is in deep shit, always, constantly, relentlessly. And Finland is a paradise in comparison.
There’s obviously nothing racial in my example because I’m talking about the same ethnic group. This could be a fascinating discussion but it won’t be because there are too many dumbos who want to scream “colonialism” and “racism” instead of learning anything.