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If I ruled the world: Garry Kasparov

We need alternative energy, a global Magna Carta and a base on Mars

By Garry Kasparov   February 2012

My first step as ruler of the world would be to announce a timetable to elect my replacement. Even in a thought experiment we should acknowledge realities, and no system of government can be effective for long when it is not responsive to the people. This is not merely about power corrupting, or that even a benevolent dictator will fail to fulfil the needs of his subjects. An authoritarian regime may competently fulfil its initial promise, or resolve an existing crisis, but without the feedback loop of democracy, moral and intellectual stagnation are inevitable.

Democracies are not immune to this…

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