This type of slow, grinding failure leaves many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America with living standards far, far below those in the West. These states collapse because they are ruled by what we call “extractive” economic institutions, which destroy incentives, discourage innovation, and sap the talent of their citizens by creating a tilted playing field and robbing them of opportunities.
This is the age of the bold intellectual synthesisers.
It means replacing canals with railways, steam engines with electric, typewriters with word processors.
It means that once-proud companies and sometimes whole industries go to the wall when the mode of the technology changes but the overall result is more widespread wealth.
After receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, Star is sent by her Royal Parents to live with the Diaz family on Earth.
Together with the Diaz’s teenage son Marco, they navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse, while keeping her wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous forces of evil.