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Shadow Elite: How the World's New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market by Janine Wedel

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CHAPTER TWO

When Privatization Meets Truthiness

THE NEW SYSTEM USHERED IN BY THE INTERACTION OF THE FOUR transformational developments of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries has brought new ways of being in the world. A broad array of “nonstate” actors—from associates of companies, quasi-government organizations, and nongovernmental organizations to flexians and flex nets—puts these new ways to use every day. Flexibility is undeniably one of them. As a high-powered program director at a high-powered think tank expressed it: “I tend to operate in a ‘just in time’ mode, sort of like Toyota, because I realize that busy, important ...

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