17 April 2009

The virtuous shock doctrine

The real challenge is how do you replace a leader who's already been resource cursed and who is benefitting from all the short term advantages that extractive policies offer? Such a leader will recognize a threat to their incumbency a mile away, and they will stop it. That is the real pressure point.

The virtuous shock doctrine is the answer. The 'virtuous shock doctrine' is (what we consider to be) a better name for the containment strategy. The virtuous shock doctrine encourages the collapse of the extractive rulers and then replaces them with managers who understand the advantages and responsibilities of stewardship.

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