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Old 06-05-2017, 11:15 PM
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Rules for Rulers

Let me share a real "mind-blown" moment with you all. Yesterday I watched a video that swiftly answered some questions I often got when reading the news about a rebellion here and a revolution there. Questions such as "Why is it that some countries are more or less stable democracies and others haven't got past the phase of one dictator overthrowing the other again and again?" Well this video explains much of it:

The Rules for Rulers
Made by CGP Grey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rStL7niR7gs
The video is almost 20 minutes long (who the heck has got the time for thaaat??) but it's really worth it.

Oh, and there is a second part that covers dynasties: How power is passed on within a family:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig_qpNfXHIU

So after you watched this, what do you make of this? Does this sound plausible to you?
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Old 06-06-2017, 11:59 AM
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Complex things described in easy terms. This is a good summary.
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Yeah. I will get the book CGP Grey said his video is based on:

The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith
https://www.amazon.com/Dictators-Han.../dp/1610391845

In fact the book got many good and very good reviews on amazon.
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Yeah I think I'll get that book too.
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Very interesting, thanks for the report, Thomas
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thanks thomas, agree very interesting
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