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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

Naím, Moisés

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The End of Power
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Argues that the leaders of today actually have less power than ever before, discussing the changing nature of leadership and the modern dynamics of power. "In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. Drawing on provocative, original research, Naím shows how the antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Naím deftly covers the seismic changes underway in business, religion, education, within families, and in all matters of war and peace. Examples abound in all walks of life: In 1977, eighty-nine countries were ruled by autocrats while today more than half the world's population lives in democracies. CEO's are more constrained and have shorter tenures than their predecessors. Modern tools of war, cheaper and more accessible, make it possible for groups like Hezbollah to afford their own drones. In the second half of 2010, the top ten hedge funds earned more than the world's largest six banks combined. Those in power retain it by erecting powerful barriers to keep challengers at bay. Today, insurgent forces dismantle those barriers more quickly and easily than ever, only to find that they themselves become vulnerable in the process."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780465031566
0465031560
Characteristics: xiii, 306 pages ;,25 cm

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May 12, 2013
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Classic redirection, misdirection, and misinformation. The critical point (where critical thinking is actually involved) is who owns those companies and corporations and oil companies and munitions companies and pharmaceutical companies, and most of all, the top banks? We now realize that the global economic meltdown was carefully planned and executed, with pretty much everything rigged (LIBOR rates, ISDA interest rate swaps' rates, and so forth). This guy is far too misleading, and avoiding the real facts. Why and how was it possible for the democratically-elected government of Honduras to be overthrown? Who was behind the multiple assassination attempts/coups of the Chavez administration in Venezuela? Let the author address real questions, not his fiction!

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