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July 31, 2006

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tdl

Mr. Robb,

"the decline of the US entrepreneurial system's approach was set in motion by Iraq, since then mercantile and regional managerial approaches have gained ground."

Do you mean this in an economic sense or in a diplomatic sense?

Regards,
TDL

John Robb

Purely in the sense of Bobbit's book "The Shield of Achilles" In this book, he outlines a shift in the constitutional order of states in response to the dominance of a global marketplace. Three competitive variants of the market-state he envisions have emerged: the entrepreneurial (US), mercantile (south east asia), and managerial (EU). Each variant approaches governance and security in their own way and each are fighting for dominance.

His book provides a good insight into the dynamics of our current situation.

tdl

I understand. Bobbit's entrepreneurial state made the most sense to me (I am only a 1/3 of the way through the tome.) I would agree with you that we are moving away from that type of "market state." My real fear, however, is that the managerial state degenerates into a fascist state in the 20th century vein. It seems to me that the managerial state demands too much centralized power and will simply move into a phase of glorifying the state, admonish any form of individuality, and begin to look at humans as mere inputs that can be destroyed or used up when necessary.

Regards,
TDL

John Robb

I think you mean mercantile. The managerial is very collaborative.

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