I believe that there are limitations to one's control over the world around them. Age, sickness, incapability, death, and poverty, to name a few. That's why it's important to keep healthy. Napoleon died in his early-fifties. He was the Emperor of France! All of that work and sacrifice on behalf of his country, only to die before reaching seniority, it's unfortunate.I want to explore two sub-ideas here under the umbrella of World Domination.
How powerful can a person become? Provide examples of the most and least powerful people who've ever lived to support your points.
I feel that a state should master the art of administration before expansion. Rome had numerous internal problems, the most prominent being the conflict between the rich and the poor. This never really went away. In modern times, states that follow the Nordic Model seem to function very well. In fact, I think it's the best form of government that's ever been tried. Not necessarily out of principled reasons, but the observable results conferred by this system. There's a reason why Norway has the highest Human Development in the world.How large can a state (polity) become before it collapses like the Roman Empire? Provide examples of successful states, forms-of government, or economic systems to support your points.
Take your time.
How powerful can a person become?
How large can a state (polity) become before it collapses like the Roman Empire?
Ok, interesting idea.Just what quickly jumps to mind Pin, is aliens. Nothing would more quickly solidify a worldwide hegemony quite like the discovery of aliens.
These demands would be met with opposition, I presume.If I wanted to be dictator of Earth I would just manufacture the best evidence of aliens I can and demand loyalty to combat the threat.
As in, absolute power in the hands of one person?The world would panic and give unfettered power immediately to whoever they felt could protect them the best.
We're getting more productive as time passes; we've just got to keep building this thread.EDIT: this is not how I imagined this thread going XD
Nothing unifies like the credible threat of annhilationinteresting idea.
That's what the army is forThese demands would be met with opposition, I presume.
One ENTJ lol, I knew where this was heading.As in, absolute power in the hands of one person?
Let's attack these questions together.These questions are too extensive to answer because in order to give an answer several other questions need to be addressed, not only thinking about power relations and political science, but veering deep into the realm of philosophy.
[I prefer Robert Greene's definition]What is power?
Absolute obedience without coercion. Is this even possible?Does it primarily mean control over a large land mass and its resources or the greatest number of people possible? Or the percentage of people? What if the number is very small but the percentage is great? How can we compare an ancient ruler who was very dominant with the leader of a smaller nation that can destroy the world with nuclear weapons? And if it means influencing people, does it mean absolute obedience or subtle control of their minds which goes unnoticed. Power of course means a combination of these things, but to give an answer to how powerful a person can become, we'd first have to define which aspect is emphasized.
You don't think that there are enough failed states throughout history to determine a series of factors that lead to disintegration?And when it comes to the second question, even more problems arise because we'd have to define exactly what contributes to the fall of a state and historians can never agree about those things. While there is some consensus on the reasons why the Roman Empire disintegrated, there isn't a reason that stands out as the decisive factor. People can blame the stagnation of a homogenous culture or demoralization of a heterogenous culture, and both viewpoints might have credible supporters.
Ha! Noted.In conclusion, if you want to become a real dictator, don't think about these problems. They're too complex for one person to solve for good and you'll spend a lifetime trying to understand the concept of power instead of seizing it.
[I prefer Robert Greene's definition]
Absolute obedience without coercion. Is this even possible?
You don't think that there are enough failed states throughout history to determine a series of factors that lead to disintegration?