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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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FIVE RISKS

No matter the arena, the decay of power generates risks that could lower social welfare and individual quality of life in the short term and prompt a backlash or even a disaster down the line. Beyond the political paralysis and the other negative consequences we’ve examined, there are five concrete effects of the decay of power that pose significant risks.

Disorder

Hobbes and the other classical political philosophers said it from the beginning, and their insight—recall Chapter 1—remains true. For many individuals the acquisition of power is—or seems to be—an innate urge. But in the construction of societies, power is a solution to the problem of disorder. We consent to the power of the state because it is supposed to guarantee the ...

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