A Theory of State Tectonics


All politics is either
a) talking or
b) fighting.

Therefore information technology and military technology determine everything.

These technologies are constantly shifting but the institutions they support – states, churches, empires, and businesses – have inertia and change very slowly.

When the stresses between the fluid technology layer and the solid institutional layer that sits on top of it get too great, something breaks.

The breaks are not gradual; they are catastrophic.

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