Fading Stars and Dictators
Monday, July 8, 2013
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson

And now something a little more lighthearted.

It seems that fading stars are attracted to kleptocratic dictators like flies to (you can complete the rest).

We already wrote about Sting hanging out with and Julio Iglesias duetting with Gulnera, Islam Karimov’s daughter, potential successor and partner in crime in the loot of Uzbekistan and exploitation of its children.

Gerard Depardieu also joined the bandwagon. He not only became buddies with Vladimir Putin but also with Gulnera.

Then we had Dennis Rodman (but was he ever a star?) becoming BFF with Kim Jong-un and defending the North Korean regime. (Yes it’s true; for those of you who have missed it, we are not making this up. Check it out here.)

Now it’s Jennifer Lopez’s turn. She has just headlined the 56th-birthday celebration of the President of the Republic of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, a rival in ruthless repression and kleptocracy to Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov.

Advice to fading stars: don’t do it!

Article originally appeared on Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (http://whynationsfail.com/).
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