Posted by: hobbesonafob | June 3, 2009

California’s Descent

Although I have noted the importance of political legitimacy for COIN practitioners and “nation-builders,” I think I should have noted that political legitimacy may become just important for the so-called developed world. Here’s a quick analysis of California’s troubles given by John Robb: http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2009/06/quote-californias-descent.html

This will give CCNAs opportunities to invest in political legitimacy, if they decide to do so. Whether or not CCNAs care if they’re seen as being legitimate, they will be able to exercise more social control in a society where political goods are scaled back.

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