Declaration: An Act of Creation

In the early 1980s, when the cold war was at its zenith, my business partner and I became enthralled by the application of this idea to the realm of international politics. Could leaders, imbued with enough power and imagination, begin the creation of a future that was beyond the current imagination of others, even across national and cultural lines? Could such leaders accomplish this beginning with declaration? Research seemed to suggest that not only could great shifts begin this way, but indeed they could not begin without such declaration. The Reformation, the creation of the United States, the freeing of slaves in America, the American trip to the moon—these and other great shifts in culture or accomplishments ...

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