In his latest book, Nassim Taleb celebrates the strengthening effects of stress and chaos. […] Taleb argues that Switzerland is a model of stability precisely because it doesn’t have a big central bank or national government. Instead, its dozens of sovereign mini-states squabble and fight constantly. This turmoil actually makes the country stronger because the Swiss get small problems out of the way before they can metastasize into something bigger like, say, a fiscal cliff.
I hear Swiss guys argue that Switzerland isn’t actually that good of a role model, given the crises we’ve been through recently; I’d like to read to book first to form my own opinion.