Chapter 6

Worldwide Momentum—upgrading followers

Whatever the changes at home—the slow but certain deterioration in the status of leaders—they have been superseded by changes abroad. It would be difficult to exaggerate the extent of the differences between what many, if not most, countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America were only three or four decades ago, and what they are in the present. Across large swaths of the globe there have been seismic shifts in relations between leaders and followers, with most, though not all, leaving the first weaker and the second stronger. However, unlike the American experience, in which the balance shifted on account of the diminished leader, the balance worldwide shifted on account of the enhanced, ...

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