at the time of publication
The Sovereign Individual
This book was written in ’97 and it’s calling out major technological distruptions going on today!
These dudes (the authors) called out Osama Bin Laden in ’97 as a threat to nation states. They basically called out cryptocurrencies (not how they work, but that they’ll arise). Incredible that they could see forward that clearly.
Also, the questions they ask that others don’t ask is perhaps the most valuable aspect of reading this book. They engage the role of violence as central to why we have the political paradigms we have. No one really bothers to realize how central violence is to how human societies organize themselves. It’s very insightful.
Thanks for writing this, gents. I don’t agree with everything in the book of course, but your style of question asking, and the models you present are tremendous.
If you do pick this up, you will struggle through the first chapter. Heads up.