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Governments losing their ability to anticipate events

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Governments of all types – democratic and authoritarian, small states and superpowers – are losing their ability to anticipate events. They are thus losing the means to shape them. The days when national leaders could peer around the corner and head off coming dangers are receding. The best foreigh policy is conducted by calm minds in possession of the facts – and shielded from the pressure to broadcast instant moral absolutes. The more time leaders have to weigh up their options the likelier they are to choose the right ones. The speed of technological change is working against them.

From the Book The Retreat of Western Liberalism, New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017, page 170, ISBN 0802127398

Date Added: 2018 Jul 20

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