Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: The Five Rules of Power Politics


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  1. Machiavelli taught about asserting and maintaining power, by any means necessary but advocate for democracy while he himself was nothing like what he wrote. He was a coward with great ideas. Power would go with an authoritarian government

  2. 5 Rules of Power Politics
    1. Depend on as few people as possible.
    2. Make the group of people that you can trust as large as possible (make officers expendable).
    3. Tax people as highly as you can (not too high that they quit working or revolt)
    4. Use minimal amount of that revenue to keep administration loyal.
    5.* Be kind of "civic-minded" with leftover revenue?

  3. You can find the audiobook ""The Dictator's Handbook" here on YouTube, read by Bruce de Mesquita. It is awesome! You should listen to it if you liked this video.

  4. Excelent video! I'm buying his book now.
    Does anyone know if there is a similar book but of workplace environment?

  5. Kinda of a late response but I felt like I had to. Political parties are a legitimate expression of a democracy, period. The only systems that work without them, or better yet, with just one, are dictatorships. Ironically, elections with no parties involved would not only be difficult but downright chaotic at best. By the way, in our current state the difficulty comes from structural problems related to institutional failings, conjectural issues, etc., not because parties are bad.

  6. Our electoral college did that very well this past election. However badly you think Obama is doing, Romney would have made that look like spilled milk.

  7. I was talking in more general terms then just the US, but besides that, i don't think this kind of Muppet representative is very effective, if you want more direct democracy, have more referendums and then the people can decide.
    As i see it, a representative/parliamentarian should always vote by his conscious and best knowledge not what voters want. If the voters don't like how he votes, get someone else the next time.

  8. I consider a representative (rep) not to be a leader. They r there 2 voice n represent the opinions of the people they represent. Excluding the exception of ppl helpin other ppl in other states ex: disaster assistance and of the sorts, I want some1 who can represent me and be on the platforms I stand 4. The rep should be alil more informed of the circumstances of its populace besides looking at raw statistics. I agree w/ u. Tht's why their terms are 2 yrs. The pop amount changes n also opinions

  9. The would be a horrible leader; yes you have to consider what the public thinks, but the problem is that public opinions are more often then not conflicting and a representative has a staff, so most of the time she would be more informed of the issues then the average voter.
    A good leader keeps an eye on the public mood, tries to figure out, what actually are the best options for the voters and then explain it to them. Blindly following the public wind can do a lot of damage to the public.

  10. I really like that idea. Knowledge helps citizens make informed decisions. In this regard I feel that our age of information sharing has a lot of promise in helping populations participate more in civil affairs.

  11. They're called Representatives in the States. How much do they actually represent the population of their region? Who knows. My professor said if she would become one, would hold large amounts of polls to gather the ideas of the people she represented and would vote accordingly. She would act merely as a conduit of opinion from the population.

  12. Half of the United States want the country to be more like Europe, and half of them want it to be more like the United States used to be. That's a very wide gap in opinion, and the difficulties in reaching a mutually acceptable compromise are I think inherent to that problem. The solution is to reduce the influence of the federal government so that the states can stay out of each other's way and truly respect their differences, and let people vote with their feet.

  13. Political parties are not the problem, people are. As illustrated by Douglas Adams "Any man that can make himself president by no account should be allowed to do the job" .

  14. you can't replace the sovereign with regional based leaders to represent smaller community like views. there needs to be compromise to achieve a greater good and guarantee the stability of state power and good governance, we live in a world much more global than ever before and we are slowly approaching a need for world governance, as you described, the present model of politics is not perfect.

  15. The problem with politics is people. Let's all be sheep it's easier that way. A cacophony of ultramaroons.

  16. Collectivism is the problem… the readiness of folks like you to assign rights to imaginary groups instead of real individuals.

  17. Democracy's not so great for the subjects, either. They get the blame for what is done to them, politically.

  18. Exactly what was the fifth rule? It mostly seemed like he just described what you could do with your money, rather than laying down any concrete rule. I'm writing a presentation based on these rules, so I'd be grateful if someone explained this to me!

  19. This guy is pretty cool, but he seems fairly biased about the democrat vs. republican thing. I know a decent amount of democrats who are democrats because they want to help the disenfranchised. I also know some republicans who have good intentions, albeit blood-chilling ideas. Either way, fuck the two party system. Re-elect nobody, because nobody cares.

  20. Wtf does he keep saying democrats for… does he mean people in the democratic system or the political party?


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