Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The power of individuals

What is the highest individual power relative to the total power in the world? And how has this varied over time?

Whilst the disparity in power between the most and least powerful is gargantuan, and whilst the media obsess about the power and influence of a few, I suspect that even the most powerful people are still small cogs in a big machine.

By contrast, during earlier periods of history I would suggest that power was more concentrated.

I think the same kind of trend would hold true for metrics such as fame, status, creativity and intellectual output, but not for wealth.

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