Four decades of personal experience and study have led me to what I think are general principles of institutional society:
• All governments lie to their people all of the time.
• Government does what it wants, when it wants.
• Advances in technology expand authoritarian control over the lives of individuals.
• Opposition at the grass-roots level may be the only effective counter to authoritarian control.
• However, growth of technology decreases the power of grass-roots opposition.
Fortunately, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes are intrinsically unstable. Eventually, they become too complicated, too centralized, leading to their self-destruction. Examples are the dramatic collapse of the former Soviet Union and the periodic destruction of national and global economies due to the relentless cycles of concentrating wealth.
Sheldon Wolin on Corporate Influence on Democracy, 11 min
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