Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.
“The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.” —@kasparov63
“The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”—Franklin Roosevelt via @lisarosa
“Never react to an evil in such a way as to augment it.” —Simone Weil + “Only the good has depth that can be radical.” —Hannah Arendt via @monk51295
@yaneerbaryam: “Obsolete view: when there are problems put someone in charge – centralize power. Self defeating today.”
“What we have still not understood is that people need to have access to information that no one could predict they would want to know. Even they themselves did not know they needed it — before they needed it. Thus an organization can never be fully planned in advance.
When information is transparent, different people see different things and new interdependencies are created, thus changing the organization. The context matters more than ever. The easier the access that people have to one another and to (different) information is, the more possibilities there are.”
WEF: The twentieth century ended in 2017. Nobody knows what era we’re in now
The top-down, strongman model that seems to be in ascendance today does not portend the future; rather, it is a last gasp from an earlier time – a nostalgic rehash of an obsolete model. Governance has been disaggregated and hybridized by the rise of non-state actors, and we have scarcely begun to consider the far-reaching implications of new technologies such as artificial intelligence. These trends are precursors to a very different international model that has yet to emerge – one that will be distinct from both the nineteenth century’s “balance of power” and the twentieth century’s “community of states.”