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Brilliant TED talk by Paddy Ashdown.  

For the first time in history, we are experiencing the vertical shift in power away from the institution of nation-states and into the hands of the multinational corporation, the internet, the extra-governmental entities.  ”The multinational corporations now developing budgets often bigger than medium-sized countries.”

The revelation of September 11 that no one is free from international terrorism operating outside of logic and centralized powers or even the global consciousness.  This is intriguing because, prevalent in the Obama administrations utterly ignorant handling of the recent middle eastern uproar, the worlds centralized governments naivety to this shift.  The multipolar power shift and the power grab is visible between the worlds established powers, BRIC nations, corporations and even large groups of groups connected by fundamental believes.