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The End of Power. MNaim (2013) p. 123

January 19, 2014

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“In this scattered landscape, the traditional military apparatus remains important and impressive. It possesses the advantages of public resources and the ability to make itself the top priority in government budgets; national sovereignty gives it the moral heft that attracts recruits and justifies investment and spending, and the political legitimacy to enter into alliances. It has tradition on its side. What it has lost is exclusivity. Two crucial monopolies—one philosophical, one practical—have vanished and exposed its vulnerabilities. First is the state’s philosophical monopoly on the legitimate use of force. The second is a practical monopoly bestowed on the military by the geopolitical competition among sovereign states and the need for ever-more complex technology to win it. The rise of powerful nonstate actors and the breakneck diffusion of technology beyond the realms of specialists have destroyed that nuts-and-bolts advantage.”

[op. cit., p. 123]

Manuel J. Matos‘s insight:

In a changing world, some changes are bound to be ignored by many. Books like this one make the reader reflect in what is changing (a given) and about the reasons of the change. The reader may agree with the author or may not. Anyway, the reader always learns something in the exchange. That’s what continuing education is all about …

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