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An excerpt from the book llicit : How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy by Moises Naim taken from the author's website:
Since the early 1990s, global illicit trade has embarked on a great mutation. It is the same mutation as that of international terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda or Islamic Jihad -- or for that matter, of activists for the global good like the environmental movement or the World Social Forum. All have moved away from fixed hierarchies and toward decentralized networks; away from controlling leaders and toward multiple, loosely linked, dispersed agents and cells; away from rigid lines of control and exchange and toward constantly shifting transactions as opportunities dictate. It is a mutation that governments in the 1990s barely recognized and could not, in any case, hope to emulate.




I first heard Moises Naim on the radio program Fresh Air.

link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5007177

The NPR site wasn't responding earlier when I wanted to listen to the interview again, but I found another longish interview with Moises Naim on public radio station WNYC:

http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/episodes/11082005

Lara just brought the book home from the library for me. I'm just about to dive in.

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godfrey_viii
Nov. 26th, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
This concept of decentralized authority is very interesting to me, makes me think of the Greek polis. I wonder if this will be a sort of global mass-conscious trend in the days ahead?
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