Ibn Khaldun: An Arab Scholar 21st Century Politicians Could Learn From

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lawrence W Reed

“The 14th Century historian, sociologist and proto economist was arguably one of the greatest scholars of medieval times, though he is largely forgotten in most of the world today. So let’s dust him off. First, I should point out that ‘Ibn Khaldun’ is a merciful abbreviation of the man’s real full name, which was Abdurahman bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Al-Hasan bin Jabir bin Muhammad bin Ibrahim bin Abdurahman bin Ibn Khaldun al-Hadrami. (If you had to fit that on your mailbox, you’d shorten it too.) … Ibn Khaldun didn’t get everything right. For instance, his views on black Africans are unspeakably cruel. … On taxes, big government, sound money, and the rise and fall of civilizations, however, he nailed it.” (06/09/22)