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CHAPTER 5Life in the Underground

The Basics of Leadership

Although Mother and her friends might not have liked the image, I think they operated very much in the underground. From the viewpoint of those “in charge,” they were definitely off the books and not in control of the normal levers of power. Despite this—actually, because of it—they managed to accomplish much deemed impossible by those who thought they determined the nature of possibility. Leadership in the underground was not without its power, albeit power that manifests itself in some basic, counterintuitive, not to say mysterious ways.

As we experience the dissolution of the structures and controls by which we have always done business, we may do well to take another look at that ...

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