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William Dobson - The Dictator's Learning Curve

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Published on Oct 15, 2012

William Dobson speaks at San Francisco Freedom Forum 2012
The Dictator's Learning Curve

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In his talk at the San Francisco Freedom Forum, Slate politics editor William J. Dobson examines how modern dictatorships are constantly evolving. Author of "The Dictator's Learning Curve", Dobson explains that while it has become more difficult to maintain an authoritarian regime in today's world, dictatorships have done so by becoming more sophisticated and savvy. Brutal repression has been largely replaced with subtle coercion. But at the same time, the individuals challenging dictatorships have also evolved, and while popular movements may seem like spontaneous, romantic uprisings, they are in reality strategic and organized. Dobson shares with us his belief that ultimately dictators cannot learn or adapt as quickly as the civil society that opposes them.

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