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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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THE DECAY OF POWER: IS IT NEW? IS IT TRUE? SO WHAT?

The changes we’ll explore have benefited innovators and new entrants in many fields—including, unfortunately, pirates, terrorists, insurgents, hackers, traffickers, counterfeiters, and cyber-criminals.15 They have produced opportunities for pro-democracy activists—as well as for fringe political parties with narrow or extreme agendas—and opened alternative paths to political influence that bypass or break down the formal and rigid internal structure of the political establishment, both in democratic countries and in repressive ones. Few could have anticipated that, when a small band of Malaysian activists decided in the summer of 2011 to “occupy” Dataran square in Kuala Lumpur, thus emulating ...

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