Sunday, October 18, 2009


Brazilian Police Helicopter Downed

An incident in which Brazilian drug gangs shot down a police helicopter is yet another example of how non-state actors are becoming more powerful and challenging state power. Pirates, Mexican drug cartels, and attacks on the Pakistani state apparatus are other indications that non-state actors are finding the weak spots in the system and pushing.

As the world situation continues to deteriorate, it will become more chaotic as the excessively top-heavy and complex global system progressively unravels and spins out of control. Increasingly, nation-states will have their hands full just trying to hold themselves together in the face of economic collapse and separatist movements, and these non-state actors will move into the resulting power vacuum.

Stay tuned to this drama; the show is just getting started.

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