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Lessons of SOPA

The mid-January defeat in Congress of the Protect IP Act (PIPA) and its evil twin, the Stop Piracy Act (or SOPA), is a dramatic illustration of the decline of established authority in the face of a rebellious public.  The authorities … Continue reading

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A threshold moment: Egypt’s public, up for grabs

Sometimes an angry public withdraws from the structures and hierarchies which organize social life.  These are epochal occasions – the great hinges that turn a nation’s fate.  The power of the public resides in numbers.  If enough individuals abstain from … Continue reading

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