David McWilliams: There’s an economic star in the east

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Today, wise men know that the world’s economic future isn’t in the west.

It’s in China.

Some 2,000 years ago, Joseph and Mary headed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to sign a census.

Census night was a big deal in Roman Judea because the Romans were meticulous about economic and demographic affairs.

The Romans were fastidious measurers because they were exacting tax-collectors.

Jude 2bThese taxes, collected in the Judea of Christ, were designed to finance Roman expansion in the East.

Much of our history concerns itself with the Roman Empire as being the precursor of Western European civilisation, but in…

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