a discussion with david Rothkopf about his book called ‘superclass‘
say the world is 6 billion , there are 6000 people who really influence the world
they are interconnected and have abnormal power, but are heterogeneous and do not always have a similar agenda. they include members of government, military, religious, media stars, terrorists, criminals
they are 1 in a million
there is a huge pareto in wealth and power, there is alos a huge pareto within the group. the top 60 are way ahead of the top 6000, who are way ahead of the top 600,000 who are all millionaires.
the superclass is the new royalty.
next book is ‘power, inc.’ gross inequality. corporations are bigger than most nations
none does policy. too many short term, fire fighting
in politics, power of media can not be overstated. management of media is crucial
trading is a daily referendum
reading is an old technology. people like video
people have electronic media on all day long. when do you stop to think
Marshall McLuhan media observer
- decentralization of news sourcing
- accelerate and amplification -> volatility
most people do not read. they consume video
they vote for who they like. the age of emotions. with volatility can cause panic. SARS as example
cross border constituents. conflict of interest vs common good.
are they becoming younger? what will the retired ones do. meetings of the superclass?
Clinton Global Initiative. kissinger.
people live longer. there is a surplus of leaders. they can not all come to yale. lots of experience will be waisted if old standards regarding retirement are used.
there is a governance gap
many governance systems have been designed to be ineffective.
if you have to ask the price, you can not afford it
events are about people. people is the agenda
democracy works pretty well, over the long run, on the average
we did not get out of the stone age because we ran out of stones