The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt VII

Now, as I was writing about Napoleon Bonaparte for my book The 33 Strategies of War, in 2003 and 2004, I became intrigued by a company that seemed to exemplify–in an almost uncanny way–the Napoleonic model I have just outlined. That company was Google. I initiated an informal study–gathering as much material and contacts within the company as possible. And as I went deeper into this subject, I saw more and more connections–confirming my idea that there is a pattern to periods of change and revolution. The following is the gist of my analysis: Like Napoleon, the two founders of

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt VI

Napoleon came to power in one of the most chaotic moments in history–the French Revolution. The French people had overthrown a monarchy that had existed for hundreds of years and established a new kind of political order. But because it was so new, nobody quite understood what it all meant. The Revolution led to terror and swings of reaction and more revolution, until in 1796, a turning point had been reached. France’s numerous enemies, lead by the Austrians, were threatening to invade the country and reestablish the old monarchy. The fighting had grown particularly intense in Italy. If the Austrians

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt V

Now, I know that this is not the usual way that people discuss what is currently taking place in the world. Instead, we hear much about the banking industry, the corruption within it, and its preying upon helpless consumers; the new trading technology that makes it harder to think and act for the long-term; the collusion of government in this scheme, and the lack of regulation; on and on. All of these factors are real; they contain elements of truth. But they are not the source of the underlying disturbance. The reality, what is really going on underneath, is that

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt IV

Now at the same time that this wave was building something else was going on, something rather strange. We have gone through two economic bubbles in a very short period of time. Economic bubbles generally occur for two reasons. The first and the one that most people focus on is that businesses are generally flush with cash, have money to burn. They are looking for something new to invest in, some novel source of super capital. It is a feeling in the air–vast amounts of money can be made in some new way. The competition heats up. Someone hits upon

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt III

Now, in the 1990s something else came into being that sped this process along even further. And this was more like warp speed, a sudden acceleration into the future. I am talking about the Internet, or more specifically the world-wide web as it evolved in the early 1990s. The web suddenly provided people three new types of power that had tremendous appeal. First, it gave us access to all kinds of information, without the need for newspapers or traditional forms of media. We could bypass those centers that controlled the flow. We could communicate with likeminded people and share information

The Descent Of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt II

In anthropology there is a concept known as historic fatality. What this means is that occasionally there emerges a certain idea, a certain way of doing things that is so immensely seductive to human beings that eventually it spreads around the globe and forever changes our way of life. One of the greatest examples of this would have to be agriculture. It was centered on a simple idea–instead of constantly searching for new food sources, humans could raise their own food in settled locations. As this took root in several places, it led to the formation of villages, towns, cities,

The Descent of Power: An Interpretation of the Global Economic Crisis Pt I

The following is an amalgamation of two talks I gave recently: the first at the Emirates Festival of Literature in Dubai, and the second at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Both of these talks were geared for a business audience. I plan on posting in eight digestible installments or you can read the entire thing in the form of an ebook. The subject that I am going to talk about this evening is the state of the world as I see it, what is really going on–not what the newspapers report, not the conventional wisdom. But before I

The 50th Law (chapter headings)

Chapter 1 See Things for What They Are – Intense Realism Reality can be rather harsh. Your days are numbered. It takes constant effort to carve a place for yourself in this ruthlessly competitive world and hold on to it. People can be treacherous. They bring endless battles into your life. Your task is to resist the temptation to wish it were all different; instead you must fearlessly accept these circumstances, even embrace them. By focusing your attention on what is going on around you, you will gain a sharp appreciation for what makes some people advance and others fall

The 50th Law Ebook

We’ve gotten several requests to publish a summarized version of the lessons laid out in The 50th Law. Here is a free ebook version of The 50th Law, composed of the chapter headings and some quotes from the book. Hopefully it’ll be useful for anyone who wants to sample the book, use it for reference or send it to a friend. Also, for those of you who want an even simpler version, here is just the text of the chapter headings of The 50th Law. The 50th Law: 10 Lessons in Fearlessness View more documents from Robert Greene. If you’d

The 50th Law Pt III: The Neurotic Type, The Republican Party and the Transgression of the Law

According to The 50th Law, we can be defined by our relationship to reality. Reality is what lies outside of ourselves, beyond our subjective experience. We have desires. We want people to help, support and like us. We want our projects to gain the appropriate attention and our talents to be recognized. We wish the world around us to remain relatively stable so we can realize our plans or maintain what we have. But then reality intervenes. The people we look to for assistance think first of themselves and their self-interest; their support is rather tepid or they even resist