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Interview on The Agenda

I was on The Agenda with Steve Paikin a couple of weeks ago to talk digital technology, power and some Canadian foreign policy. We got into both my Disruptive Power and The World Won’t Wait books.

At the end though, I was asked about Trump. My answer relates to Brexit as well though.  The growing desire to burn down the house stems in part from a failure of governments to deliver on their promise & rhetoric to large segments of society. This, in turn, is because states have diminishing power to control citizens and events. Their monopoly over collective action is over. While much of the resulting nihilism is manifest in the right, this is a particular challenge for the left, who’s central proposition is deeply rooted in the role of the state.